South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks offices are set to reopen statewide on June 15.
While the state parks were able to remain open to camping and day-use, administrative offices and the outdoor campuses in Sioux Falls and Rapid City have been closed since mid-March.
GFP Secretary Kelly Hepler says, “Offering opportunities for people to recreate is a priority for Governor Noem.” He says fishing and camping and spending time outdoors is important to people’s health, especially during these isolating times.
Offices will open with extra precautions in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Markers on office floors are in place to keep a patrons six feet apart, sneeze guards have been placed at all reception areas, and staff are wearing masks when they must interact with the public closer than 6 feet.
The Outdoor Campus-East in Sioux Falls and the Outdoor Campus-West in Rapid City will resume limited in-person classes with new guidelines in place including limits on class size.