UPDATE from Tribal President Rodney Bordeaux : 5:30 P.M. 5/2/2020 (via the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Attorney General’s Office Facebook page):
As many of you know, Todd County is now up to 3 confirmed cases of COVID-19.
The RST Tribal office will be working with our local businesses on putting some policies in action that are designed to protect employees and our people alike. These businesses will need time to adjust. In this spirit, we hope to have these policies in place by May 8, 2020 (next Friday).
So we will wait to put those restrictions in place.
If you go out in public, please only do so with a mask covering your face. This is going to be an urgent request and by May 8th, it will be a requirement.
Harvest Winds, in Parmelee, and a number of other groups and neighbors have been making masks for people. They are also many do-it- yourself examples on YouTube. Some have gotten bandanas and other items to use as face masks.
Previous Post From the Office of President Bordeaux on May 1, 2020:
I. If you are outside of your home or vehicle, you are required to wear a facemask covering your nose and mouth. Failure to do so may result in a citation for $25 per instance.
II. Essential Employees working in stores and other public places are required to wear facemasks at their workstations.
III. Businesses are directed to not allow anyone in their facility who is not wearing a facemask.
IV. Grocery stores are directed to only allow ten (10) people at a time in their stores. Only one person per household in a store at one time.
V. Gas stations may only have seven (7) patrons at a time. Only one person per household in a gas station at one time.
VI. Businesses will need to have someone at the door to make sure these standards are followed. If you have more than one entrance, people will need to come in only one door and out the other door. One way in, the other door is exit only.
Businesses not implementing these may be subject to a civil penalty up to $1000 and/or the loss of their business license.
Our businesses have been cooperating and helping the community and we are grateful. Unfortunately, we need to get stricter.