Checkpoint Updates and Clarifications
We are NOT banning Business vehicles. If they don’t have a Travel Permit, they must fill out a health questionnaire unless they are driving straight through without stopping.
If an Essential Worker is coming from a non-hotspot county in SD, you don’t need a permit. You can still proceed through the checkpoint, but you need to fill out a health questionnaire every time you go through. If you get a Travel Permit, you don’t have to complete the health questionnaire every time you go through the checkpoint.
If an Essential Worker is coming from a hotspot or out of state, they will need to have a Travel Permit in order to come onto the Reservation.
“Hotspot” is defined as any county with community spread in South Dakota, as determined by the SD Dept. of Health.
We will NOT stop you from going to a Medical Appointment. If you’re going to a non-hotspot, you will need to fill out the health questionnaire when you’re exiting and entering the reservation. If you’re going to an appointment in a hotspot or out-of-state, you will still be able to return to the reservation, but you will be required to quarantine for 14 days upon your return. If you have a Travel Permit, you will not have to quarantine upon your return.
Travel to non-hotspots for goods and services is allowed. You must complete a health questionnaire when you leave and when you come back. Travel for goods or services to hotspots is only allowed if it is an “Essential Good or Service.” That means, it cannot be purchased on the reservation. If you must travel to a hotspot for an Essential Good or Service and you don’t have a permit, you will be required to quarantine for 14 days upon your return. We encourage you to get a Travel Permit if you need to travel to a hotspot or out of state for an Essential Good or Service. Shopping is NOT an essential need to travel if you can get it on the reservation or get it shipped here.
Once a travel permit is issued, you do NOT have to get a permit every day. The permit has either a 30, 60 or 90-day expiration date, depending on the purpose of the travel. Individuals who have a Travel Permit must still stop at the checkpoint and give their name and permit number every time they go through the checkpoint. Individuals in cars from out-of-state or from hotspots who are NOT residents of the reservation or who DO NOT have a Travel Permit will be asked to turn around and take an alternate route around the reservation.
Questions? Call the command center at 1 (605)-964-3637 or message us here on Facebook with any questions.