Open Containers To be Allowed At Sturgis, With Restrictions
According to Dakota News Now, the Sturgis City Council voted 7-2 to pass the measure that allows Sturgis goers to have open containers on Main Street for the 2021 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.
With open containers allowed on Main Street in Sturgis, Sturgis city officials are hoping "visitors will experience a more relaxed and inviting experience downtown."
This new open container ruling will only be for this year's rally and the city council will revisit the issue next year. So, it's pretty much a "we'll see how it goes" type of deal.
The new open container measure does, however, come with several conditions that must be adhered to before you can stroll down Main Street with your favorite libation in hand.
There will be signs up defining the boundaries as to where open containers are allowed. According to City Manager, Daniel Ainslie, the area of consumption of alcohol from an open container with be restricted to the downtown area of Lazelle Street and Main Street.
Also, drinking beer and wine in the designated area will only be allowed if you are drinking from special event cup and you are wearing a wrist band that shows you are over 21 years of age.
Okay, just about done with the restrictions. The last restriction, open containers will only be allowed 10 AM to 10 PM, Friday August 6th through Saturday, August 14th.
The Sturgis Police Chief, Geody VanDewater, isn't exactly thrilled with the new open container measure and says he and his officers are ready to enforce the new measure and keep people safe during the rally.
“I don’t have the facts that I can sit here today and tell you, based on this, I think it’s a bad idea,” VanDewater said. “But I can guarantee you me and my staff will do everything we can to keep everyone safe, and in compliance, one way or another.”
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