“Reopening” Transition Begins in Bonesteel/Fairfax

May 14, 2020

The Bonesteel City Council voted on Monday, May 4 to rescind City of Bonesteel Resolution 2020-01 following the Gregory County Commissioners rescinding their Resolution No. 03-24-20.


The change allows restaurants, coffee shops, and bars to re-establish on-site service, operating at a maximum capacity of 50%, and following all CDC and State guidance and to follow future Gregory County resolutions and guidance.


Local eateries including the Constitution, TeePee Cafe, McCarville Coffee Roaster, and The Bone, are now re-opened to dine-in customers at that maximum 50% occupancy guideline, and still offering to-go orders (with the exception of The Bone). The Bonesteel Supper Club remains take-out only Thursday-Sunday.


Haisch Haus Assisted Living has had to put in place more restrictions. “Unfortunately as the state opens back up, we will be seeing more cases of COVID-19. This in turn means more chance of infection entering our facility,” they released in a statement on April 29.


Recommended changes include residents to wear cloth face masks whenever out of their rooms, cancelling all group activities and communal dining as well as social distancing (at 6’ apart) for all residents within the facility.
“These changes are not going to be easy,” says Monica Jons, director of the facility. “No visitation orders will remain in effect.”


Post 36 Fitness reopened on April 29 and encourage members to continue sanitizing. Cougar Cubs Daycare reopened Thursday, May 7 for a small number of children with extra precautions and guidelines in place. First Fidelity Bank lobbies remain closed for the time being.


The Bonesteel Sanford Medical Clinic reopened under regular hours on Monday, May 4.


Avera Gregory Hospital and Avera Medical Group Gregory will be gradually phasing in more routine clinic visits in the coming days/weeks. Leaders are developing a plan to resume more well exams, pre-op physicals, preventative, immunization, etc. in our clinics. Patients are still required to call the facility for appointments. Each patient will still be screened both on the phone and when they present to the facility.


The school year at South Central Elementary comes to an end this Friday, May 15 after two months of distance learning to finish up the year. Teachers will be touring the area for a parade on Friday to say farewell for the summer from a distance. The lunch program will also come to a close on Friday, May 15.


The Bonesteel City Council came to the tough decision to not open the City pool for the 2020 season due to health concerns surrounding COVID-19. The facility is also in need of repairs, the City will complete those this summer and be ready to re-open in 2021.


Cougar Club youth activities is currently working on plans to tentatively hold a t-ball season with local teams only, as to deter from county-wide and out-of-county travel. There may be a fall soccer camp as well. More info to come on both.

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