Motorcyclists make their way to Sturgis despite pandemic

Brett Bachtle
Updated: August 06, 2020 08:01 PM
Created: August 06, 2020 08:00 PM

(ABC 6 News) - Despite the pandemic, the 2020 annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is still on and thousands of people are climbing on board their bikes to head to South Dakota. 

Mower County Public Health officials say if you attend large gatherings, like Sturgis, you’re just asking for trouble. You could get or transmit COVID-19. They fear that anyone attending could bring the virus back to Southeastern Minnesota.


"We would say if you feel like you have to go, try and do the physical distancing,” said Mower County Community Health Supervisor Sally Garry.

Mower County Public Health wants anyone who attends Sturgis to quarantine when they get back.

"The consequence of this large gathering is that in late August or early September we could see an increase in our cases here,” Garry said.

The people at the Rochester Harley Davidson store say business is good. Bikers are stopping by for repairs and shopping.

"We all have our masks. It's up to us to protect ourselves,” said Wisconsin resident Shannon Miller.

"We're not scared. We're heading out there, we'll take our precautions and do our social distancing,” said Mitch Miller.

Ahead of Sturgis, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety is reporting 33 motorcycle fatalities so far this season. State public safety officials say they're seeing more motorcyclists on Minnesota roads ahead of Sturgis and that means everyone needs to be careful.

"There's going to be a lot more motorcyclists on the road for about the next week and a half as riders throughout the rally continue to come and go from the rally,” said Bill Shaffer Motorcycle Safety Program Coordinator with the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety.

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