South Dakota

Updated: May 7, 2020


  • This Order was signed on April 28, 2020, and directed all South Dakotans to implement and follow the state’s “Back to Normal Plan,” also dated April 28, 2020, which details the expectations for individuals, businesses, schools, health care providers, and local governments to return to normal business and social interactions.
    • According to the Back to Normal Plan, “Enclosed Retail Businesses that Promote Public Gatherings” (this includes any indoor restaurant, bar, brewery, café, casino, coffee shop, recreational or athletic facility, health club, or entertainment venue) should abide by the following:
      • Resume operations in a manner that allows for reasonable physical distancing, good hygiene, and appropriate sanitation.
      • Consider restricting occupancy and continue innovating in this uncertain environment.
  • This Order formally rescinded Executive Order 2020-12, below.


  • There was never an official Executive Order closing businesses.  However Executive Order 2020-12 did set forth certain guidelines to which various businesses should adhere.  Such guidelines included:
    • Implementation of CDC hygiene practices;
    • Encourage teleworking where possible;
    • Offer special shopping times for vulnerable populations;
    • Suspend business practices that involve ten or more people in an enclosed space where separation of at least six feet is not possible; and
    • Consider offering services that limit contact, such as takeout, delivery, drive-through, curb-side service, etc.