The North Sioux City City Council moved to allow closed businesses to open while following certain guidelines effective May 5 at 8 a.m. Resolution 2020-03 was presented during Monday night’s meeting, May 4, to modify the mandatory orders relating to public gatherings in Ordinance 2020-06.

According to the resolution, businesses must follow these guidelines:

a) Businesses shall limit capacity to half of the business’ occupancy rating.

b) Establish a minimum six-foot distance between tables, chairs and barstools. This provision does not need to be observed between members of the same household.

c) Require social distance spacing while waiting for service or entry into business.

d) In retail businesses, install a plexiglass, or similar, divider where physically possible between the cashier and customer.

e) Require employees to wash hands at regular intervals.

f) Food service employees must wear a mask which covers the employee’s nose and mouth.

g) In casinos, video lottery machines must be cleaned and disinfected between each customer. Machines must be spaced a minimum of six feet apart.

h) Employees of hair salons, nail salons and barber shops wear masks which cover their nose and mouth during customer contact times. Customer seating must be at least six feet apart.

i) In gyms and fitness facilities, equipment and/or mats must be cleaned or disinfected between each use.

j) Twenty-four hour access to gyms and fitness facilities is not permitted. Access to gyms and facilities must only be permitted when staffed.

k) Customer seating must be reduced to allow for social distancing with certain seats marked as “not available due to social distancing guidelines” to insure compliance.

l) Businesses must post publicly and maintain a regular cleaning and disinfecting schedule, specific to each business.

m) Hand sanitizer locations must be readily available for public use should be made available.

n) Seating for large gatherings must be reduced to comply with a six foot minimum distance between attendees.

o) Businesses are encouraged to conduct daily employee screenings for illness.

3. In addition to the specific requirements listed above, businesses must operate in a manner consistent with CDC guidelines and any applicable state regulations or executive orders.

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