Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic

The City is working hard to support all our residents during this challenging time. Basic City services, including providing safe drinking water, garbage and recycling services, as well as police and

What we're doing

Robin, Nancy and I are doing most of our work remotely but are still checking phone messages and emails several times a day. The City Council, Mayor and all our department heads and staff are working hard to use your government to protect and promote the public good and take care of all our people during this difficult time. We know that many people will face challenges as they or family members get sick, as they struggle to run critical errands like grocery-shop or get medication from the pharmacy and want to do what we can to help everyone through this difficult time.

I welcome your ideas toward that effort as we work to fulfill our responsibilities as a city. Please continue to practice social distancing, stay home as much as possible, wash your hands, sanitize surfaces, bags and clothing, stay six feet apart.

See the City's Coronavirus Resources page

State of Local Emergency

On March 16, Mayor Frey declared a state of local emergency in the City of Minneapolis and on the 19th the Council approved and extended the declaration. The City has also activated its Incident Command System (ICS) in response to COVID-19 and the City Health Department has assumed Incident Command of this response for the City, per the City’s Emergency Operations Plan. The Minnesota Health Department remains the lead response agency in Minnesota and we are working closely with them.

They have set up a COVID-19 hotline at 651-201-3920 or 1-800-657-3903 that is operating from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

City meetings and events

To minimize the risk of exposure or potential spread of COVID-19, City Council and other appointed boards and commissions have switched to meeting online.

City Council has temporarily restructured to streamlined its process.

Learn more about how Council has changed

The public is encouraged to watch meetings on:

For the most current information about the City’s public hearings, meetings and events, check the Legislative Information Management System.

Impacts and support on local businesses

The City has set up a Frequently Asked Questions page specifically for local businesses.

Many businesses have been required to close and other limit operations. During the state of emergency the City will be waiving all licensing late fees for food, taxi, liquor, wine, beer, or catering licenses. The City established “Food Pickup Zones” for businesses that do not have their own off-street parking. 

We have also established the COVID-19 Emergency Mental Health Fund and are expanding Business Technical Assistance to provide enhanced services, direct support in targeted areas.

COVID-19 pandemic community response

The community is coming together to ease the stress of the COVID-19 pandemic on the most vulnerable in our city.

  • The Minneapolis Public Schools have set up meal pick-ups for children during school closures. A host of restaurants around the region are making free lunches available
  • Minneapolis Public Works has indefinitely halted water shutoffs. Xcel Energy has suspended disconnecting service from any customers until further notice. If you have difficulty paying your electricity bill, contact them to set up a plan that works for you or call 1-800-895-4999.
  • Centerpoint Energy has likewise suspended disconnections until Tuesday, March 31. If you have questions about gas service or bills, contact CenterPoint at 1-800-245-2377.
  • One of the biggest, most difficult parts of this declaration is the closure of restaurants, bars, theaters and other places where people gather. Restaurants can remain open for delivery, take-out, and drive-through. 

See information for local businesses

I am thankful to Governor Walz for making unemployment insurance more quickly available to the employees who will be impacted.

Learn more at Minnesota Unemployment Insurance Program

You can also find more from the Governor

Please stay safe and healthy out there. Keep sufficient social distance from others. Continue to help each other. I am hopeful that we will get through this, and the present disruption will prevent our health infrastructure from being overwhelmed, and will ultimately help save people's lives.

Legal aid

Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid has updates on court cases and advice for people with questions about housing, safety, health, unemployment benefits, etc. during this time.

They are updating this page as new information and updates are available from the courts, government entities, and other sources.