COVID-19 - Resources for City Officials

This page provides city officials with resources related to COVID-19. It includes links to the Governor’s Executive Orders, information from state health officials and other agencies, and other various resources for city officials. You will also find relevant media articles included in some categories, listed below. The page is meant to provide timely information, so please check it frequently for updates. Bookmark this page and follow the Metro Cities twitter account and newsletter for the latest information. 


Executive Orders, General State Information and Guidance - Click for information on COVID-19, the Stay Safe MN order, Frequently Asked Questions, and more.
Executive Orders from Governor Walz - Click for a list of Executive Orders issued by Governor Walz. *Some orders also listed under specific categories. 
Executive Order 20-78 - Extending the Peacetime Emergency to August 12
Executive Order 20-81 - Requiring Minnesotans to Wear a Face Covering in Certain Settings to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19
Executive Order 20-82 - Authorizing and Directing the Commissioner of Education to Require School Districts and Charter Schools to Provide a Safe and Effective Learning Environment for Minnesota's Students during the 2020-21 School Year 
Face Covering Requirements and Recommendations - Under Executive Order 20-81 
Minnesota COVID-19 Dashboard - Click for the latest data on cases, deaths, hospitalization and demographic data. 
Minnesota's Stay Safe Plan - Click for a description of the administration’s phased reopening of the state.
Community Resiliency and Recovery Overview - Click for information on the intersection of COVID-19 and systemic disparities in Minnesota.
COVID-19 Information for Minnesotans - Click for the Department of Employment and Economic Development’s landing page regarding COVID-19.

Pioneer Press - Coronavirus Latest Articles
Star Tribune - What You Need to Know About the Novel Coronavirus


Safely Returning to Work

MN Dept. of Employment and Economic Development (DEED)

MN Dept. of Labor and Industry - DRAFT Preparedness Plan for Employers
NLC - Safely Reopening Municipal Facilities 
MN Retailers Association - COVID-19 Resources for Retailers 
League of MN Cities - Employment Issues Associated With 'Returning to the New Normal' 
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Reopening Buildings After Shutdown

Restaurants and Outdoor Dining

Executive Order 20-70 - Authorizing use of State Right of Way for Outdoor Dining
Metropolitan Council - Outdoor SAC Treatment for COVID-19 
MNDot - Temporary Outdoor Dining 
Start Tribune - Minnesota cities testing new plans to expand outdoor dining during coronavirus 
League of MN Cities - Guidance for Cities on Expanding Outdoor Service at Restaurants and Bars


Federal Funding and Response

U.S. Department of Homeland Security - 


U.S. Dept. of the Treasury

NLC - Summary of CARES Act, Third COVID-19 Response Package

MinnPost - Here's how much money Minnesota will get from the $2.2 trillion federal coronavirus response bill 
MinnPost - Minnesota's county and city governments wonder when more federal coronavirus aid will come 
NPR - What's Inside the Senate's $2 Trillion Coronavirus Aid Package?

CARES Act Funding for MN Cities

League of MN Cities - CARES Act Funding Information for Cities 
MN Dept. of Revenue - Coronavirus Relief Fund for Local Governments 


State and Local Budget Impacts

Metro Cities - City Finances and Revenues Survey Summary 
MN Management and Budget - Interim Budget Projection Report 
MN Management and Budget - Interim Budget Projection Slides

The Atlantic - A Make-or-Break Moment for Cities 
CitiesSpeak (NLC) - Cities Anticipate $360 Billion Revenue Shortfall 
MinnPost - Legislature passes law expanding workers comp for first responders contracting COVID-19 
Real Clear Policy - Five Facts About Pandemic's Impact on State & Local Gov't 
Star Tribune - Minnesota cities, counties are strained as $667M in aid remains in limbo 


Tax Resources for Cities, Businesses, and Individuals 

MN Dept. of Revenue

Internal Revenue Service - Coronavirus Tax Relief 


Local Government Operations 

League of MN Cities - Information Available to Help Cities Prepare for Pandemic Response 
National League of Cities (NLC) - Coronavirus Response Resources for Local Leaders 
National League of Cities (NLC) - COVID-19 Crisis Communication: How to Make Your Messages Hit Home 
The United States Conference of Mayors - COVID-19: What Mayors Need to Know

Governing - Government Contact Center Crisis Strategy Guide 
Governing - Five Changes Facing Public Employees When They Return to the Office - If They Do 
Governing - Without Summer Jobs, Cities Seek Alternatives for Youth 
Government Technology - A Resource Guide to Coronavirus for Government Leaders 
MPR News - Local government goes virtual during pandemic


Small Business Assistance

MN Dept. of Employment and Economic Development (DEED)


U.S. Small Business Association Disaster Loan Assistance - Federal Disaster Loans for Business, Private Nonprofits, Homeowners and Renters 

PPP Awards in Minnesota (Announced July 7, 2020)
   Loans of $150,000 and Above
   Loans Under $150,000

Unemployment Insurance 

DEED - Minnesota Unemployment Insurance Program


Housing and Development 

Metro Cities - Housing, Economic and Community Development Survey Summary
MN Dept. of Labor and Industry (DLI)

MN Housing - COVID-19 Updates 
Metropolitan Council - Metro HRA Responses to COVID-19 


Public Safety

MN Dept. of Public Safety - Guidance Related to Executive Order 20-20 
Executive Order 20-34 Commissioner of Health to Share Information with First Responders


Transportation and Infrastructure

Metro Cities - Transportation and Infrastructure Survey Summary 
MN Dept. of Transportation - MnDOT Response to COVID-19



MN Dept. of Natural Resources

MN Pollution Control Agency - MPCA's response to COVID-19 


Public Health Resources

MN Dept. of Health

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


State COVID-19 Modeling

Minnesota COVID-19 Modeling

MN Dept. of Health 


Metropolitan Council

Our Response to COVID-19
Council News & Events
Metro HRA Responses to COVID-19
Outdoor SAC Treatment for COVID-19 


Legislative Information and Contact Information