Brookings Community

Important Information

Important information for the Brookings Community will be posted to this page as it becomes available.

Brookings City Ordinance

On Sept. 9, 2020, the Brookings City Council passed an ordinance deemed necessary to slow the community spread of COVID-19 in the City of Brookings. The ordinance includes the requirement of face coverings in indoor businesses and indoor public areas where 6-foot social distancing cannot be achieved or maintained. There are certain exceptions to the requirement noted within the release.

It is important to note that this is a city ordinance for areas not considered part of the SDSU campus. The campus face covering policy is still in effect at SDSU and we remain at level three.

The city ordinance (Ordinance 20-019) also includes masks required at city-sanctioned events, in addition to indoor businesses and indoor public areas where 6-foot social distancing cannot be achieved or maintained.

Following the passing of Ordinance 20-019, the council passed a resolution clarifying the requirements and expectations of the ordinance.

Read the Brookings City Ordinance Release from Sept. 9, 2020.


Communitywide initiative underway supporting SDSU’s return to campus

A coalition of organizations and businesses, together with the city of Brookings, have formed the Brookings Resiliency Collaborative to assist the university with their plan for resuming on-campus operations in August.

SDSU’s JacksRBack task force has established several guiding principles and general guidelines and is developing detailed plans for a safe return for students, faculty and staff. A vital component of that process is coordinating efforts with the Brookings community to provide a safe environment for both residents and students.

Read more on the communitywide initiative supporting SDSU’s return to campus.

Learn more about the Brookings Resiliency Collaborative.


Miller Wellness Center: Updated Hours

The Miller Wellness Center began its phased reopening June 1, 2020.

As part of a gradual reestablishment plan, the SDSU Miller Wellness Center will be reopening in a phased approach for SDSU students and members. Limited hours began June 1, 2020, with additional amenities available July 20, 2020.

Our 2020 - 2021 Academic Hours began Aug. 15. Operating hours will be:

  • Monday - Thursday: 5 a.m. - 1 p.m. and 3 - 11 p.m.
  • Friday: 5 a.m. - 1 p.m. and 3 - 10 p.m.
  • Saturday: 7 a.m. - 1 p.m. and 3 - 8 p.m.
  • Sunday: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. and 3 - 10 p.m.

For information on area-specific hours, please visit the link below:

Hours of Operation

Precautions are being enacted to provide a safe environment so our members have an opportunity to resume an active lifestyle. Cleaning will be conducted during regular intervals throughout the day, as well as deep cleaning during our daily 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. facility closures. Miller Wellness Center staff will follow CDC, as well as American College of Sports Medicine and American College Health Association guidelines.

For guidelines and expectations for patrons and staff as well as additional reopening information, please visit the Wellness Center COVID-19 Response & Updates site.

 

Patron riding a stationary bike


See how the Wellness Center is implementing its COVID-19 guidelines

 


SDSU Alumni and SDSU Foundation Reopened June 29, 2020

Guests, Vendors, and Service Providers:

The Lohr building reopened for guests and visitors June 29, 2020. The main entrances for the Lohr Building will be unlocked (the Alumni Atrium doors will remain locked with appropriate signage). 

All guests, visitors, vendors and service providers will be required to sign in at a welcome station in the front entry. Optional masks and hand sanitizer will be provided at the sign-in station as well.


SDSU Meat Lab Reopened June 19, 2020

Hours

Thursday - Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., through Aug. 15 (Retail Sales)
Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m., through Aug. 15 (Slaughter and Processing)
Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., beginning Aug. 17
Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., post COVID-19

Entrance/Exit Procedures

When customers come for product pickup, a staff member will deliver meat products and take payments or escort customers into the retail store front for credit card payment.

Tours and Groups

Tours and group visits to the production areas will be suspended until further notice.

Groups that come for retail meat products will be limited to the inside space at the capacity of one customer group at a time.

Guidelines and Rules

The SDSU Meat Lab will be operating on required staffing to accomplish pig slaughters, processing, and retail sales in curb side pickup manner. The SDSU Meat Lab will accept phone and email orders to reduce our contact with customers. Staff members will follow the guidelines for meat and poultry processing worker as outlined at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/organizations/meat-poultry-processing-workers-employers.html when fabricating products and filling customer orders.


SDSU Dairy Bar Reopens

The SDSU Dairy Bar reopened for business June 15. The facility will be open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday through Aug. 14.

When arriving, customers are encouraged to use the doors marked for entrance/exit, follow all signage and practice social distancing.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be a limited seating capacity of 25 customers. Customers are suggested to carry out purchases and to use cashless payment options.

The SDSU Dairy Bar will follow food preparation and service guidance set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the South Dakota Department of Health.

Students ordering ice cream at the Dairy Bar

McCrory Gardens Reopens

McCrory Gardens opened at 10 a.m. June 10. The gardens will be open Wednesdays through Sundays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. To ensure a quality visit, the last admission will be at 5:30 p.m.

The gardens will be closed Mondays and Tuesdays to allow cleaning of the numerous contact points.

When arriving, visitors are encouraged to use the Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant openers for doors, follow the signage and practice social distancing. Certain doors might be propped open to reduce touchpoints. Visitors are encouraged to wear cloth face coverings. However, the face coverings will not be required to tour the gardens nor provided to visitors.

Visitors will enter and exit the gardens through the McCrory Gardens Education and Visitor Center. The center’s lobby will be limited to 20 individuals at one time. Upon paying admission, visitors will need to provide a name and phone number in case a need for future contact arises.

For additional information, please read the McCrory Gardens press release


Jackrabbit Central Opens in Brookings

South Dakota State University’s Jackrabbit Central location in downtown Brookings opened June 4. The store is scheduled to be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. The store will be open for high-risk customers from 10-11 a.m. each day. Read the release for additional information regarding Jackrabbit Central's opening.