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Dear Faculty and Staff,

Many of our downtown Vermillion businesses have agreed to close at 10 p.m. every night this week until Sunday to flatten the curve, slow the spread of COVID-19 and #ProtectThePack. I cannot thank these business owners and their families enough for this tremendous sacrifice. This decision has real financial impacts – impacts that affect their families, their employees and the prosperity of our community – and I ask that you support them during their time of need.

Please join me in thanking these businesses for their commitment to safety by supporting them financially. The Vermillion Chamber and Development Company has made supporting Vermillion businesses very simple through its Vermillion Gift Card Marketplace. Simply visit the Chamber website, select your favorite spot and preferred gift card denomination. Each gift card is sold to you at a discounted rate of 20% through Aug. 30.

I'd also encourage you to continue to order takeout, share your support on social media and personally thank these business leaders. We must all do our part to flatten the curve, and I am incredibly grateful for the leadership of the business community during these difficult times.

Sincerely, 

Sheila K. Gestring
President
University of South Dakota