Kristi Noem Reaffirms Lockdown Stance in State Address: ‘South Dakota Is Open’

Kristi Noem Reaffirms Lockdown Stance in State Address: ‘South Dakota Is Open’


South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem (R) delivered a message of optimism in her State of the State address Tuesday as she highlighted her administration’s continued hands-off approach to managing coronavirus.

Noem, whose state is one of just a handful that has not imposed statewide stay-at-home orders, mask mandates, or business restrictions, vowed Tuesday afternoon at the South Dakota Capitol in Pierre that her state would remain open as the country grapples with a second wave of coronavirus cases.

“For those who have spent the last nine months shut down or locked up in other states, South Dakota is open,” Noem said in her address. “We have stayed open the entire time, and that’s how we will operate for as long as I am governor.”

The tone of Noem’s address contrasted with that of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s (D) address — delivered on Monday — which focused heavily on the negative impacts of the virus and the

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