While the reasonable, safe, and intelligent decision would have been to cancel the legendary Sturgis Motorcycle Rally … the city of South Dakota is doing what it can to prevent it from becoming a COVID super-spreader event, and good luck with that.
Thousands of people have come to Sturgis for the 80th edition of the famous biker convention, and it is expected to attract 250,000 people over the next 9 days.
As you know from President TrumpJuly 3 Mount Rushmore event, face covers and social distancing have often been avoided … but here’s what the town of Sturgis is doing to try and tackle the spread of the coronavirus.
The small town has canceled all of its downtown events which take place during the rally which usually lead to large gatherings in confined areas … including the grand opening celebration, parade and tattoo contest.
It has also installed hand sanitizer on every street corner in the city center, and we are told that the Department of Public Works has added a disinfectant misting system to its nighttime cleaning of the high traffic area.
Some more lax City guidelines include ASKING temporary vendors to follow CDC guidelines, RECALLING their physical distances and SUGGESTING that they wear masks.
However, we remember that these are only recommendations, but that they will not be implemented … and that there will be no ticket or criminal repercussions for non-compliance.
Instead, Sturgis says he’s counting on visitors to use common sense and take whatever steps are necessary to protect their own health while attending the biker convention.
Oh, and residents of Sturgis who are asymptomatic after the rally can get a free COVID-19 test … so if they do contract the virus, at least they will know.
It doesn’t seem to end well.