City officials say that the Rally will be scaled down and that the main focus is keep residents and visitors safe.
“There’s not going to be a lot of the public activities that there usually are so including the opening ceremonies, the B1 flyover, different contests and activities and parades and things that we usually do during the Rally we would not be doing that because that really does encourage and if you see any of the photographs there tends to be thousands of people lined on the Main Street,” said Dan Ainslie, the Sturgis City Manager. “We’re trying to avoid that.”
Sanitary measures will be amped up which will include hand sanitizing stations throughout the city and disinfecting sidewalks ever night.
If conditions change over the next seven weeks, the mayor has the right to make necessary adjustments up to and including the cancellation of the Rally entirely.
Sorry to sound like a jerk, but they are NOT going to be able to control this one. I would rather they just tell the truth that this event is too big to cancel because of the revenue the city gets from this beast.
(I’m tentatively scheduled to provide team media support for an event going on this week and will be there if they give me the green light)
The official estimated attendance at the 2019 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally was 490,000. Even if only half of that shows up (highly unlikely), there will be risk.
I could care less if you are for or against the COVID coverage/numbers, but since the council can’t display unity regarding safety sitting on a stage, how are they going to control the tens of thousands of people coming to their city?
*my prediction this is next flashpoint for both sides of the fence
I could care less if you are for or against the COVID coverage/numbers but since the council can’t display unity regarding safety sitting on a stage, how are they going to control the tens of thousands coming to their city?