BREAKING: City of Sturgis votes to hold 80th annual Motorcycle Rally with modifications

UPDATE: (10:45 P.M.) –  City officials say that the Rally will be scaled down and that the main focus is keep residents and visitors safe.


“There’s not going to be a lot of the public activities that there usually are so including the opening ceremonies, the B1 flyover, different contests and activities and parades and things that we usually do during the Rally we would not be doing that because that really does encourage and if you see any of the photographs there tends to be thousands of people lined on the Main Street,” said Dan Ainslie, the Sturgis City Manager. “We’re trying to avoid that.”

Sanitary measures will be amped up which will include hand sanitizing stations throughout the city and disinfecting sidewalks ever night.

If conditions change over the next seven weeks, the mayor has the right to make necessary adjustments up to and including the cancellation of the Rally entirely.

STURGIS, S.D. — On Monday night, the Sturgis City Council voted to hold the 80th annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally with modifications despite concerns of COVID-19.

By a 8-1 vote, the city voted to hold the Rally with modifications. Parking on Main Street will be normal while seating will not be allowed in the plaza.

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