The newly created Yankton City Health Board has voted to recommend that the Yankton City Commission pass an ordinance that would temporarily close a wide variety of local businesses as soon as Thursday to help slow the spread of the COVID 19 virus.
The City Health Board is also recommending that gatherings of larger than ten people be made illegal.
Yankton Mayor Nathan Johnson says restaurants, bars, and recreational facilities are some of the businesses that would be impacted.
Johnson says with community spread of the COVID 19 virus suspected to have happened in Beadle County, the health board feels the need to get ahead of the situation locally.
If approved, Johnson says the business closures will be reconsidered at the second Yankton City Commission meeting in April.
The Yankton City Commission meets Tuesday in special session at noon to consider the City Health Board’s recommendations.