If Democrats get their way, they’re going to demand all South Dakotans mask up if they venture out. Sort of:
Senate Bill 125
An Act to require the wearing of face coverings in the state under certain conditions and to declare an emergency.
Sponsors: Senators Nesiba and Heinert and Representatives Healy, Bordeaux, Cwach, Duba, Keintz, and Smith (Jamie)
Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of South Dakota:
Section 1. Definition–Indoor retail business. For the purpose of this Act, the term, retail business, means any enclosed business operating as a bar, restaurant, brewery, café, casino, coffee shop, recreational or athletic facility, health club, grocery store, market, retail store, hardware store, sporting goods store, convenience store, home improvement store, pharmacy, drug store, food pantry, vehicle for hire, transportation networking company, theater, or entertainment venue.
Section 2. Mask requirement. Within the state, all persons shall wear a face covering in an indoor retail business and city-owned facility where six-foot social distancing cannot be achieved or maintained. A face covering shall be worn to cover the nose and mouth completely, and can be a paper or disposable mask, a cloth mask, a scarf, a bandana, or a neck gaiter.
Section 3. Exceptions. The requirements of section 2 of this Act do not apply to:
(1) A person under the age of five years old;
(2) A person seated at a public place to eat or drink, or while immediately consuming food or beverages;
(3) A person who is receiving dental or medical care that prevents the person from wearing a face covering;
(4) A person with a medical condition, mental health condition, or disability that makes it unreasonable for the person to maintain a face covering;
(5) A person who is engaged in swimming or a team sports activity where the level of exertion makes it difficult to wear a face covering;
(6) Public safety workers actively engaged in a public safety role, including law enforcement personnel, fire fighters, or emergency medical personnel, in situations where wearing a face covering would seriously interfere in the performance of the person’s public safety responsibilities; and
(7) Any member of a group of persons who are in an indoor retail business together and live in the same household or are a party of ten less, so long as the group maintains a continuous physical distance of at least six feet from all other persons not part of the household or party.
Section 4. Repealer. This Act is repealed on September 30, 2021.
Section 5. Whereas, this Act is necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, or safety, an emergency is hereby declared to exist, and this Act shall be in full force and effect from and after its passage and approval.
So, they will let you off the hook if you’re swimming.. but for not much else? I have to go look and see who the three Democrats are who didn’t sign onto this mess. .. Red Dawn Foster.. Lesmeister.. Pourier.. yep. That would be mainly the Democrats west of the Missouri River not in leadership.
I guess I’m not sure what the point is, especially since it just says “all persons shall wear a face covering.”
What if they don’t? Does it mean it’s just a strongly worded suggestion?
This might be one of the dumbest pieces of legislation this session. Good luck with that one.