Madison Mayor Marshall Dennert is addressing the COVID-19 pandemic as it applies to businesses in the city. In a news release, Mayor Dennert said that he has been on many conference calls with other mayors in the state and also with Governor Kristi Noem. He said that at this time, he is asking non-essential businesses in the city to follow the recommendations from Governor Noem and the CDC.
Even though there have been no confirmed positive COVID-19 cases in Lake County at this time, Dennert said “we know this can change in the blink of an eye”. That’s why he is asking city businesses to be proactive and follow the CDC recommendations for good hygiene and enforce social distancing. These measures include suspending or modifying business practices in order to limit gatherings to ten people or less with a distancing of six feet between individuals.
Mayor Dennert said he understands the impact that may occur to small businesses and the community with implementing these guidelines, but social distancing has had a positive effect on “flattening the curve”. Dennert said he hopes that by allowing businesses to come up with their own ways or plans to follow the guidelines themselves, that it will eliminate the need for a city ordinance to be implemented.
Recommendations from the governor and the CDC can be found on the state’s COVID-19 website.
Mayor Marshall Dennert’s news release
City of Madison COVID-19 information