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SD Residents Split Over Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

Bikers on bridge at Sunset

This weekend, more than 250,000 bikers will rumble into South Dakota for the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. And plenty of residents aren’t happy about it.
While the event brings in nearly $800 million in tourism dollars, many are concerned that the rally will also bring a wave of COVID-19 infections – which are already beginning to surge in South Dakota.
The town of Sturgis is split – 60% of residents think the event should be postponed, but local business owners are pushing for it to go forward.
Would you want a 250,000-person rally to visit your town right now? Will the event be safer because it mostly takes place outdoors?



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