It was iffy just a couple of weeks ago but it looks like it's going to happen after all. The Sturgis City Council voted on Monday and gave the go ahead for the 80th annual Sturgis rally to take place Aug 7-16th. There will be modifications for the protection of attendees and residents, according to Sturgis Mayor, Mark Cartensen.

61st Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally
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Earlier, residents and business owners like campgrounds, bars and restaurants were reluctant to welcome hundreds of thousands of motorcyclists to their town this summer in the wake of the COVID-19 virus. However, The Sturgis Rally is a huge economic boost for Sturgis and surrounding areas and cancelling the event would put a big hurt on local businesses.

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Some of the safety restrictions include activities that gather thousands of people closely together like the B-1 Bomber flyover opening ceremony. Those things won't be happening this year.

Centers of Disease Control and Prevention guidelines are recommended for vendors at the rally this year. hand sanitizing stations will be set up all around the event, as well as other sanitizing protocols.

The Mayor also recommended that people with compromised immune systems or are not feeling well just stay home to help hold down any spread of the virus. Mayor Cartensen stated other protocols will be announced in the days and weeks to come.




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