Mayor declares public health emergency and COVID-19 resources.
Mayor declares public health emergency and COVID-19 resources.
Help stop the spread of COVID-19 from person to person by practicing personally responsible hygiene, enacting solidarity through spatial distancing, and (if you're able to) by working from home. You can learn more about the virus by reading the Center for Diseases Control's website and track statistics on COVID-19 by visiting Avi Schiffman's sought-after website.
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Dear Neighbors,
Over the past week, the Mayor and City Council have been steeped in deliberations about how to best respond to the ever-changing and growing concerns presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. This topic of conversation was also front and center during our National League of Cities conference in Washington D.C. where I was able to hear directly from Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and the Center for Diseases Control executive team on ways cities can take leadership on this issue. We know it's time to act.
On Monday, March 16th, Mayor Jacob Frey declared a city public health emergency to better protect our community from the spread of the virus. The declaration will be voted on by the City Council this Thursday along with other Council actions that will set priorities for the City's response to the pandemic. The emergency declaration grants greater powers to our Mayor such as the ability to close, or limit the hours of operation of, common gathering spaces like bars and restaurants. Consistent with the guidelines of the Center for Diseases Control, the City will stop issuing new permits for gatherings of 50 or more people. Restaurant operations will now be limited to delivery, takeout, and drive thru orders, be sure to visit the City's Coronavirus webpage to get the full details of these recent changes.

While it's important that our City government take action, we know we can't go at this alone. This is why I was very pleased to hear that Minnesota Chief Justice Lorie Gildea issued a statewide order on March 13th, following a meeting of the Minnesota Judicial Council, which halts eviction proceedings for fourteen days. In the meantime, State Representative Michael Howard has introduced an evictions moratorium and housing assistance bill that we should all be ready to support.
This week will be one full of transition for us at the City as we ready to implement our emergency preparedness plans. Be sure to join us (via the web) today, Wednesday March 18th, at 10:00 a.m. using the City's livestream channel to hear our Public Safety and Emergency Management Committee presentation on the City's emergency management response to the pandemic.
Let's stay connected,


Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) will be closed from Tuesday, March 17th to Monday, April 6th in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. During this time, two meals from Monday to Friday will be provided for MPS students. For more details about these meal offerings, please visit the MPS COVID-19 webpage.
Meal Distribution
MPS will be providing meals to students at 20 locations around the city while schools are closed due to COVID-19. 
Food Distribution Sites in and near the Ninth Ward: 
  • Andersen, 1098 Andersen Lane
  • Folwell, 3611 20th Ave. S.
  • Green Central, 3416 Fourth Ave. S
  • South High, 3131 19th Ave. S.
There are several food shelves throughout Minneapolis, to find out more about their locations please visit the City's food shelves webpage.
The State of Minnesota's Unemployment Insurance program is ready to assist workers who can’t work, workers who have had their hours reduced, and workers who have lost their jobs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

If your employment has been affected by COVID-19, you can apply for unemployment benefits. After you apply, the State of Minnesota will let you know if you are eligible.
Please apply using the State's website so that applicants who do not have access to the internet can have access to apply over the phone.
If you would like to apply over the phone, please call (651) 296-3644. 
You can apply from Monday to Friday, between 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.


Having equitable access to the internet and web-based information during these uncertain times is vital. In the face of prolonged school closures where online learning is required or following health expert's advice to work from home, some internet companies are providing different ways for Minneapolis residents to gain access to temporarily-free or reduced-cost WiFi services. Here are some options you can consider:

1) USI Wireless of Minnetonka. USI has opened their WiFi network in Minneapolis for those that may need temporary internet access. Look for the “City of Minneapolis Public WiFi” or “USI Wireless” networks on your mobile device and you will be connected.  The process is similar to using WiFi at a coffee shop or the airport, no password or credit card is required to sign in. If you have questions or need technical assistance, please contact USI Wireless at 952-253-3262.

2) Comcast/Spectrum/Xfinity. Comcast/Xfinity is opening up their public WiFi for free for two months and increasing speeds. Find your "hotspot" on the map and then select the “xfinitywifi” network name and then open up your web browser.
If you cannot find a signal where you are, Comcast/Xfinity is also offering two months of free internet with an at-home-instalation. They also have a package for families with K-12 school aged kids. Learn more on the Comcast/Xfinity website.


The City of Minneapolis, Hennepin County, the State of Minnesota, and the Federal government offer many resources to prepare residents so they can respond and plan to address COVID-19. Common sense practices will work to shrink the effect of this pandemic across the city and state by limiting exposure and contraction of the virus. One main goal is are to reduce number of new cases among residents to avoid overwhelming the healthcare system.
The City of Minneapolis' Health Department is taking the situation seriously and actively monitoring response in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Health and Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention.
Please feel free to share the information below with your neighbors and friends:

Find information and materials in several languages here:
Hotline, email:

The Minnesota Department of Health offers a coronavirus disease 19 hotline at 651-201-3920 with interpreters if needed.

The City of Minneapolis will answer questions during business hours in English, Spanish, and other languages at 

What can Minnesotans do to protect themselves?

Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.

Cover your cough and sneeze. Cough or sneeze into the crook of your arm.

Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands.

Stay home when you’re sick. The Minnesota Department of Health emphasizes that this is the single best way to keep from spreading any illness. Learn more about sick and safe time. Sick and safe time is a law in Minneapolis protecting time off work.
Find more information in this list of frequently asked questions on the City’s website, and stay up to date by visiting the Minnesota Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) websites often.
Welcome to our #MplsVotes newsletter segment. This is where you can get the latest City of Minneapolis information regarding the August Primary and the General Election in November of 2020.
Key Election Dates for 2020 
State Primary - Tuesday, August 11, 2020.
General Election - Tuesday, November 3, 2020.

For more information on all things related to the elections happening in 2020, visit the City's Elections and Voter Services website.
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Alondra Cano represents the Ninth Ward on the Minneapolis City Council. The Ninth Ward consists of the Central, Corcoran, East Phillips, Midtown Phillips, and Powderhorn Park neighborhoods along with a sliver of Longfellow. Our diverse and vibrant communities boast beautiful parks, a number of thriving small business corridors, the Midtown Exchange, world class hospitals, and an informed and engaged community of changemakers, artists, and activists.
Public Works and the City of Minneapolis continue to provide essential city services, including safe drinking water, traffic services, and garbage collection.
Our current practices of filtration and disinfection provides an effective barrier against corona virus.
The city is suspending water shutoffs for the next month. 
Solid Waste Services:
Currently there is no change to our solid waste, recycling, and organics operation
Public Utilities:
Franchised utility partners Excel, CenterPoint, and Comcast are working with the City of Minneapolis to make sure residents do not experience disruption of services due to income or job security related issues in the wake of Covid-19. 
Both Excel Energy and Comcast are suspending utility disconnections until further notice.
Xcel Energy will arrange payment plans to meet those facing adverse circumstances. If you have questions call Xcel at (800) 895-4999.
If you have questions about your CenterPoint gas bill or service, contact CenterPoint Energy’s customer service line at (800) 245-2377. 
The City has put together a webpage full of resources for businesses to support them in navigating all the changes happening related to COVID-19.
These resources include details of the new rules businesses will need to follow under Mayor Frey's emergency declaration as well as how to best support your employees and more.
PPNA has made the decision to  host the Powderhorn Art & Soul Fundraiser online to respond to Covid-19. This is a great opportunity to connect to artists and goods online when local businesses are struggling. 
Powderhorn Art & Soul will feature a silent art auction. Proceeds support general operating expenses that help PPNA gather, mobilize, and build a vibrant Powderhorn community. 
March 23, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
This is an online only event.
The City of Minneapolis Civil Rights department is hiring a Case Investigator.
Lutheran Social Services is Hiring a Community Navigator
Clean Water Action is hiring a Campaign Organizer.
U.S. Census Bureau is hiring Census Workers
Metro Transit is hiring Bus Drivers.
The Link is hiring Youth Specialists and more.
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