Sturgis City Manager Daniel Ainslie presented the City Council with three options Monday night regarding the 80th annual Sturgis motorcycle rally during a special meeting.
Ultimately, Ainslie recommended postponing the rally until 2021 but to prepare for an influx of visitors.
Ainslie said part of the preparation would include making personal protective equipment available for local businesses and city staff, as well as installing sanitization stations throughout the city and closing Main Street.
Little preparation or simply canceling the rally would create a health and safety hazard for residents, he said.
Derrick Haskins, communications director for the state Department of Health, said in an email to the Journal that the health department has been in discussions with the city about the rally and offered to review any mitigation planning if it were to be approved.
Many, including nurses, who spoke during the public comment portion of the meeting said they were concerned about the potential spread of COVID-19.