Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates & Information

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On Monday, March 30, 2020 the City Council adopted Emergency Ordinance 1413 that addresses the public health crisis caused by COVID-19 by implementing certain measures which have been deemed necessary to slow community spread. Emergency Ordinance 1413 became effective immediately upon adoption. The full ordinance outlines operations that must cease and those that can remain open while practicing social distancing.

Emergency Ordinance 1413 can be read in its entirety here.

As a precautionary measure based on CDC recommendations of social distancing, the City of Vermillion will be closing City offices to the public at this time. The intention of this closure is precautionary out of consideration for the safety and health of City residents and Staff.

Offices will be closed to the public until further notice. Please be aware that the time-frame of this closure is subject to change based on the rapidly evolving nature surrounding the pandemic.

While our doors are closed, rest assured that serving the public remains our top priority. The City is committed to maintaining business operations and essential services while making efforts to protect the health of City employees and slow the spread of COVID-19. While exercising CDC guidelines for social distancing and enhanced cleaning protocols, Staff will continue to operate and provide services to the community. Citizens can contact departments and offices via phone, email, and by utilizing online services. 

We want to take time to thank community members for their understanding and patience during this time as we work through this together. Our primary concern is for the safety and health of Vermillion citizens and employees as we continue to monitor current circumstances and conditions. Vermillion is a community that shows up and pulls together to help those in need. It is odd to consider, that the best way we can pull together in this time is to stay apart. Please, if you are sick, STAY HOME. If working from home is available and practical, please STAY HOME. Together we will get through this time of uncertainty.

We encourage everyone to review the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) preventative disease spreading guidelines. Resources which may also be of assistance include www.covid.sd.gov or the South Dakota Covid-19 information line 1-800-997-2880. Please monitor local, state, and federal outlets for the most up-to-date information regarding the outbreak and how to protect yourself and your family. Below are links to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the South Dakota Department of Health (SD-DOH),  and the World Health Organization (WHO).


Center for Disease Control and Prevention
South Dakota Department of Health
World Health Organization

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211 Helpline Center is Responding to COVID-19

211 is a vital service that connects people to the information and support they need - whether financial, family, health or disaster-related. 211 provides a 24/7 hotline which is connected to a trained team that is able to provide up to date information. If you need assistance finding food, or basic essential needs, call 211 to speak to someone who can help. The call or text it free and confidential. Simply dial 2-1-1.

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Sanford Health is implementing a new visitor policy to protect the health and safety of our patients, families and staff in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The new policy follows guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and is intended to minimize the spread of COVID-19 in Sanford Health clinics and medical centers and the communities we serve.

                            Contact Sanford Vermillion Medical Center: 605-677-3500     Website Link     Visitor Restrictions

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Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, office hours are by appointment only. If you need to make an appointment, contact the office,  we may be able to handle it over the phone or with email. 

Contact Clay Area Emergency Management: 605-677-7185     Website Link     Facebook

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VCDC offices are closed to the public. Staff is still working hard to help area businesses connect with available resources. #LOVermllion

Contact the VCDC: 605-624-5571     Website Link     Facebook Link

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Vermillion School District will remain closed for the remainder of the academic year. All Activities are cancelled as well. 

                              Contact the School District: 605-677-7000     Website Link     

                              Vermillion Pubic Schools Foundation Facebook Link

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The University of South Dakota will continue remote delivery through the summer academic term, as announced by the South Dakota Board of Regents April 6. 

Contact USD: 877-269-6837     Website Link     Facebook Link

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Vermillion Police Department

The front window is open from 8:00AM - Noon Monday - Friday. The Department is asking for individuals to please call ahead to (605) 677-7070 when possible to see if needs can be handled via phone.

Citizens coming to the PD for police services should first communicate thorough the appropriate front hallway window to determine if their request can be handled via phone call. If so, they will be directed to call the PD and will then be connected with an officer.

If the purpose of the citizens’ visit is determined to require face-to-face contact with an officer, citizens will be asked some screening questions. If it is decided that a meeting will move forward, officers will then meet the citizen in the front entryway and either take the report there or bring them into the interview room if needed. Officers will encourage social distancing and may wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

At this time please pay for parking tickets using the drop box for payments at City Hall, or  mail them to 15 N. Washington, Vermillion SD 57069. Credit Card payments can be made by phone during regular business hours.

Request for Information form is available online. REQUEST FOR INFORMATION FORM Completed forms can be submitted by email to mbetzen@vermillionpd.org.

Contact VPD: 605-677-7070     Website Link     Facebook Link

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Fire EMS Department

The Vermillion Fire EMS Department will be taking the following precautions until further notice:

  • Outside visitors are restricted from the fire stations at this time.
  • The front lobby of station headquarters will remain locked. All visitors must ring the bell for services/deliveries.
  • All public education/tours inside the fire station are suspended until further notice.
  • Fire EMS Department personnel will be limiting their presence and contact with the public for all non-emergency events.
  • The use of the station headquarters’ training room is restricted to Fire Department and City business only.
  • At no time will any outside personnel be allowed in the living quarters of the fire station.
  • Routine fire inspections will continue outside of normal business hours.
  • If you need any assistance for non-emergency situations, we ask that you call the station directly.
  • As usual, the Fire EMS Department will still be responding to ALL EMERGENCY REQUESTS.

Contact Fire EMS: 605-677-7098     Website Link     Facebook Link

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Administration Office

Offices will be closed to the public. We encourage private organizations, groups, and individuals to join the City of Vermillion in delaying or cancelling community gatherings.

Contact the City Manager’s Office: 605-677-7050     Website Link

Finance/Utility Office

Offices will be closed to the public. If you need to pay a bill or have questions that Finance staff can assist you with, please call or check the City’s website. In addition to our drop-off locations, you can pay utility bills with a credit card either over the phone or online. Other unique bills may require calling in to pay via a credit card. 

Drop off Locations: City Hall Deposit Box (Just inside the front doors to the right)

                                 Elm Street Drive-up Box (behind City Hall)

Contact Finance/Utility Office: 605-677-7056     Website Link

Code Enforcement

BUILDING PERMITS: Offices will be closed to the public - Department will still be issuing building permits, following all codes, performing building inspections, and respond to inquiries. Please send your applications and plans to the Code Enforcement Department via phone or email.

RENTAL HOUSING: Offices will be closed to the public- Department will only inspect un-occupied rental units and then only when the inspection is agreed to by the City and Property Owner/Manager prior to the inspection. New Rental inspection requests will be suspended for one month. 

GENERAL CODE ENFORCEMENT/ANIMAL CONTROL: Offices will be closed to the public - Department will still maintain the Animal Shelter and provide pickup, drop off and adoption but by appointment only. Other activities will be conducted via phone or email.

Contact Code Enforcement: 605-677-7050     Website Link:

Parks and Recreation 

Offices and Vermillion Parks and Recreation facilities will be closed to the public until further notice.

Vermillion Parks and Recreation has suspended all recreation activities and has closed all City of Vermillion operated recreation facilities. The cancellation of activities includes all scheduled youth and adult programs.

PARK AMENITY CLOSURES IN EFFORT TO SLOW THE SPREAD OF COVID-19 BIKE/HIKE PATH & GREEN SPACES REMAIN AVAILABLE

While the Parks & Recreation Department encourages activity, especially in this time of isolation, it is impossible to ensure that park amenities such as playgrounds are free from contamination. Therefore, following CDC guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the following amenities will be closed until further notice:

•    Dog park

•    Playgrounds

•    Skate park

•    All park/picnic shelters

•    All City owned/operated athletic fields are closed to organized activities and social gatherings:

o    Basketball, volleyball, and tennis courts

o    Disc golf course

o    Horse shoe pits

Additionally, the basketball goals will be disabled or removed from all basketball courts, and signage and tape barricades will be placed around and on playground equipment. 

Parks restrooms remain closed at this time, and park drinking fountains are not available for use.

The Vermillion Police Department will be assisting with the enforcement of the closure policy.  Failure to comply will result in removal or prosecution.

The hike/bike path will remain open along with the green spaces of the parks. Please practice social distancing while utilizing these spaces. 

Vermillion Parks and Recreation understands the important value playgrounds, basketball courts and other outdoor facilities provide to our community, especially for children. However, given the current situation and the guidance from public health officials on physical distancing, limiting in-person social interactions, avoiding spaces where people congregate in close quarters, and the concerns around transmission of the virus being spread through surfaces, we believe that playgrounds and play structures should temporarily close in an effort to reduce community spread.

Contact Parks and Recreation: 605-677-7064     Website Link     Facebook Link

The Bluffs Golf Course

During this challenging time, Bluffs staff want to reassure you that this pandemic is taken very seriously at the course, and precautions are in place to protect your health and the health of the staff.

Please be reminded that we all must follow the CDC guidelines to help stop the spread of COVID-19. If you are not feeling well, please stay home. We will do our part to contain the virus, please do yours.

The Bluffs will re-open the course for play and offer limited access to the clubhouse beginning on March 29 at 10AM. Tee-times can only be made via phone at 605 677-7058. Walk-up tee times are not an option during this time; you must call in advance before coming out to play! This is for your safety as well as the safety of our staff.

In an attempt to help control the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the golf course and clubhouse will only be available to Bluffs members and residents of the Vermillion community. There will be a limit of 8 people allowed in the clubhouse at any given time. There will be no food or beverages for sale at this time. These policies will be strictly enforced.

On the course, we will be removing all items that may come in contact with multiple players. There will be no bunker rakes, ball washers, on-course bathrooms, or water coolers available. There will be no flagsticks in the cups on the course or the practice greens. There will be an insert inside of the cup to keep the ball from falling to the bottom of the hole minimizing contact with the cup liner. Initially, the cups will be located in the middle of the green. When it is necessary to change cups, we will notify players as to their location. Our goal is to provide a “touchless golf experience.”

Members will be allowed to use their own carts, and carts will still be available to rent. Follow social distancing protocols by riding solo in each cart this includes private carts. Only members of immediate families may ride two in a cart. When finished with your round, please park rental carts in the designated area for proper sanitization prior to the next use. To increase our sanitizing and cleaning practices, the clubhouse and cart sheds will close at 7pm until further notice. This is a fluid situation, and our policies may change at any time as new information becomes available.

Contact The Bluffs Golf Course: 605-677-7058     Website Link     Facebook Link

Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library

The Vermillion Public Library will be closed to the public until further notice.

While the library building is closed to the public, requests for library materials can be made online, via email, or over the phone. Instructions for submitting pickup requests can be found on the library’s website.

Staff will be available to assist library patrons Monday - Friday 8AM - 6PM. 

Contact the Vermillion Public Library: 605-677-7060     Website Link     Facebook Link

Service Center: Street Department - Vermillion Light & Power

Offices will be closed to the public. Day-to-day operations will proceed as normal.

Contact Street Department: 605-677-7078     Website Link

Contact Vermillion Light & Power: 605-677-7073     Website Link

Vermillion Solid Waste: Landfill & Missouri Valley Recycling Center

Landfill operations will continue winter hours until further notice. 

Contact Landfill: 605-677-7059     Website Link

The Vermillion Recycles Program will be suspended until further notice. During this time, residents should consider all refuse non-recyclable. DO NOT save recyclable materials until the end of the suspension. The recycling program is not designed for such increased capacity. 

The Missouri Valley Recycling Center will be closed to the public effective April 3rd at 4:30pm.

The suspension includes:

  • Curbside Recycling (Last day: Friday, April 3)
  • Satellite Drop-off Trailers
  • Drop-off at Missouri Recycling Center
    • All yard waste and branches will be accepted at the Vermillion Landfill during this time.

The Monday Commercial Cardboard Route will continue uninterrupted.

Contact Recycling: 605-677-7156

Utilities (Wastewater/Water/Electric)

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the City is committed to maintaining the business operations and essential service while making efforts to protect the health of City employees and slow the spread of COVID-19. City staff will continue to work during this time while exercising CDC guidelines for social distancing and cleaning.

Contact Utilities Manager: 605-677-7084

Contact Water Department: 605-677-7079

Contact Wastewater Department: 605-677-7077

The Wastewater Department wishes to remind you that your toilet is not a trash can!Please Only Toilet Paper