The Deadwood City Commission called an emergency meeting for noon on Wednesday, March 25. The agenda covers an order to close non-essential businesses in the gaming town. This proposal includes dine-in restaurants, casinos, bars, clubs and spa services. Curbside pickup, delivery and drive-thru windows would be permitted under Resolution 2020-10 and Ordinance 1310.
If approved, Resolution 2020-10 and Ordinance 1310 would go into effect at 5pm on March 25. Grocery stores, hardware stores, gas stations, drug stores, curbside, drive-thru and delivery services may continue to operate. The resolution would stay in place until Deadwood’s leaders amend it.
The Deadwood Gaming Association is working with the remaining open casinos in town on a voluntary closure by noon on March 25, according to a statement. Mayor David Ruth, Jr. requested all Deadwood casinos close in a March 23 press release.
The Lodge, Silverado and Franklin announced temporary casino closures today. The Franklin Hotel intends to keep some rooms open while the rest of its operations are suspended. There are still about a dozen gaming establishments open in Deadwood at this time, as well as some bars and restaurants.
The City Commission will broadcast the hearing on the Deadwood Chamber of Commerce Facebook page. All public comments are limited to three minutes. The Deadwood government website has digital alternatives to attending the meeting in-person for those that would like to watch it or have their voices heard.