The City Council has passed an emergency resolution approving and extending Mayor Jacob Frey’s declaration of a local public health emergency in response to COVID-19 adopted on March 16, 2020. The emergency declaration will remain in effect through Nov. 7, 2021, unless determined otherwise by an official action of the City Council.
The City of Minneapolis is in the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)’s high- risk area category, with the community transmission rate exceeding 100 cases per 100,000 individuals and increased rates of positive test cases since July 2021. This potential risk of infection and the spread of the virus through the community has created a public health concern.
The emergency order will allow the City to conduct the election with safety precautions in place. Voters will be asked to wear face coverings when coming to vote in person, either during the early absentee voting period starting Sept. 17 or at the polling places on Nov. 2. The City will offer disposable masks and will follow additional health and sanitation protocols in all polling locations to protect both voters and City employees.
This extension also means that public meetings of the City Council, its committees, and the City’s various appointed boards and commissions will continue to be done via the online virtual meeting platform through Nov. 7, 2021. Minneapolis Health Department Officials and City leaders will continue to monitor transmission rates, hospitalizations, deaths, and increasing vaccination rates in the City and throughout the region.