The 2020 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally rides on with plans moving forward for the event in August. After carefully considering coronavirus guidelines, the Sturgis city council approved the event with an 8-1 vote.
Randy Peterson of Sturgis.com expressed his approval of the council’s decision. “I’m very pleased with the city council’s decision to join the 2020 rally this year,” Peterson said. “A sampling of more than 50 local businesses and campgrounds had already stated they would be open for business, but with the City’s involvement, necessary municipal services will be provided within city limits.”
The council is giving permits to vendors within the city during the rally. However, the council’s decision only impacts operations within the city limits.
While the council approved the rally, this year’s event will have modifications. The city hopes to host the rally while also providing a safe environment.
Sturgis City Council’s Statement
The City of Sturgis released a statement regarding the decision to approve the rally. “The Sturgis City Council has announced that a modified 80th Annual City of Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is being prepared. The event will have significant changes to city-sponsored events with the intention of safeguarding the community and residents.
The statement continued: “Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Sturgis has taken a proactive approach in completing an in-depth process to determine the best path moving forward in an effort to protect the residents, while considering if or how to host the annual event. This process has included monitoring COVID-19 infection rates, and extensive communication with local health care providers.”
The City of Sturgis concluded the statement asking guests to respect health guidelines. To read the City of Sturgis’ full statement, go here.
This year’s Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, which marks the 80th anniversary, will be held on Aug. 7-16.