Emergency Executive Orders

Under the City’s Emergency Management Ordinance, once he has declared an emergency, Mayor Carter has the authority to adopt emergency regulations, known as Executive Orders. These orders allow the City to change processes or procedures in an emergency, and are effective for forty days, or until the emergency has ended, whichever occurs first.


Executive Order March 17, 2020-01

EMERGENCY EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-1

I, Melvin Carter III, Mayor of the City of Saint Paul, on March 17, 2020, by the authority vested in me by Saint Paul Administrative Code Section 13.02, issue the following Executive Order:

The City of Saint Paul, along with the State of Minnesota are preparing for the impact of COVID-19 commonly known as the Coronavirus. Currently, there are 60 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the State of Minnesota, with 11 of those cases existing in Ramsey County, so the risk of spreading COVID-19 is higher in the City of Saint Paul than in many other communities in Minnesota. The newest cases include individuals who have no known connection to international travel or contact with infected individuals. COVID-19 has become "community spread," which means that someone has become infected with the virus, but health officials aren't sure where, or how, the individual was infected. In response to this development, the City of Saint Paul must take additional proactive measures.

On March 16, 2020, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued guidance that large events and mass gatherings contribute to the spread of COVID-19. In accordance with the CDC's recommendation, the Minnesota Department of Health recommends that in order to protect the public's health and slow the rate of transmission of COVID-19, the following events should be postponed or canceled across the state of Minnesota: events where fifty (50) or more people would gather, smaller events (fewer than 50 people) that are held in crowded auditoriums, rooms, or other venues that do not allow social distancing of 6 feet per person, and events with more than IO people where the majority of participants are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.

On March 16, 2020, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz issued Executive Order 20-04, which ordered certain places of public accommodation closed to ingress, egress, use, and occupancy by members of the public. For the purpose of Executive Order 20-04, "place of public accommodation" means a business, or an educational, refreshment, entertainment, or recreation facility, or an institution of any kind, whether licensed or not, whose goods, services, facilities, privileges, advantages, or accommodations are extended, offered, sold, or otherwise made available to the public.

On March 15, 2020, the City of Saint Paul declared a local emergency pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 12, and Saint Paul Legislative Code, Chapter 13 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

No adequate regulation presently exists and I, as the Mayor of Saint Paul, have a responsibility to implement measures that will aid in preventing the spread ofCOVID-19 to protect the public's safety, health, and welfare in Saint Paul and throughout Minnesota;

For these reasons, I promulgate and order as follows:

  1. The City of Saint Paul, in keeping with the recommendation of the CDC, will not participate in or host mass gatherings oflarger than fifty (50) people until further notice. Effective Wednesday, March 18, 2020, the City of Saint Paul will not permit any gatherings of fifty (50) persons or more to take place on any City owned or controlled property. This restriction will remain in effect until such time as CDC guidelines suggest otherwise.
  2. The City of Saint Paul recommends and encourages the cancellation or postponement of all large community events/gatherings of fifty (50) persons in Saint Paul until such time as CDC guidelines suggest otherwise. Events/gatherings of any size should only be continued if they can be carried out with adherence to guidelines for protecting vulnerable populations, hand hygiene, and social distancing (6 ft).
  3. The City of Saint Paul will review all permits issued for large community events/gatherings involving fifty (50) persons or more to determine if the event/gathering presents a public health risk and should be cancelled/postponed as a result of the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Pursuant to Chapter 13 of the Saint Paul Administrative Code, and consistent with Chapter 12 of Minnesota Statutes, this Executive Order is in effect immediately upon my signature, and, if not sooner rescinded, every such regulation contained herein shall expire at the end of forty (40) days after its effective date or at the end of the declared local emergency to which it relates, whichever occurs first. 


Executive Order March 27, 2020, 2020-02

EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-2

I, Melvin Carter III, Mayor of the City of Saint Paul, on March 27, 2020, pursuant to Saint Paul Legislative Code Section 13.06, do hereby issue the following Executive Order:

The Novel Coronavirus Diseases 2019 (“COVID-19”), a respiratory disease that can result in serious illness or death caused by the SARS-CoV-2 Virus, is a new strain of coronavirus not previously identified in humans and can easily spread from person to person.

COVID-19 presents unprecedented challenges to both the City of Saint Paul and the State of Minnesota. On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization (“WHO”) characterized the COVID-19 outbreak as a pandemic. Despite efforts to contain COVID- 19, the WHO and the Centers for Disease Control (“CDC”) indicate that the virus is expected to spread. Confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Minnesota are rapidly increasing.

On March 15, 2020, Minnesota detected the first confirmed cases caused by “community spread”—infections not epidemiologically linked to overseas travel. By March 17, 2020, all fifty states had reported a confirmed case of COVID-19. By March 20, 2020, the CDC had confirmed more than 15,000 COVID-19 cases in the United States. On March 21, 2020, the Minnesota Department of Health (“MDH”) announced the first confirmed fatality due to COVID-19 in Minnesota.

Community spread of COVID-19 in the State of Minnesota and nationwide is increasing. As of March 24, 2020, Minnesota had 287 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with 35 hospitalizations. It is further expected that increased testing capacity will demonstrate that COVID-19 is circulating in communities across Minnesota that currently have no confirmed cases.

On March 13, 2020, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz issued Executive Order 20-01 and declared a peacetime emergency because the COVID-19 pandemic, an act of nature, threatens the lives of Minnesotans.

On March 15, 2020, under the authority granted by Minnesota Statute, Section 12.29, I declared a local emergency within the City of Saint Paul, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

On March 25, 2020, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz issued Executive Order 20-20 which directed all Minnesotans to stay at home or in their place of residence except to engage in specifically defined Activities and Critical Sector work. Executive Order 20-20 further directed all political subdivisions of the State to determine the minimum personnel necessary to ensure the health, safety, and welfare of the public, to preserve the essential elements of the financial system of government, and to continue priority services (collectively “Essential Governmental Operations”).

In preparation for emergencies, the City of Saint Paul and each City Department maintain a Continuity of Operations Plan and a Priority Level Workplan (collectively “Emergency Plans”). Emergency Plans classify all City services as Priority One, Priority Two, Priority Three, or Priority Four and determine the personnel necessary to maintain each service classification. Priority One services are Public Safety and Security services, the absence of which would pose an immediate threat to the health, safety, and welfare of the public. Priority One services must remain uninterrupted. Priority Two services are Essential and Core City services and support Priority One services.

Priority Two services can be disrupted temporarily, if necessary, but must be re-established within a few days to preserve the essential elements of the financial system of government, and to continue priority services.

In accordance with the above-articulated, I declare as follows, said declarations forming my determination of the of the minimum personnel necessary to maintain Essential Governmental Operations of the City of Saint Paul:

  1. All Priority One services are Essential Governmental Operations and will continue without interruption to ensure the health, safety, and welfare of the public.
  2. All Priority Two services are Essential Governmental Operations and will continue without interruption to preserve the essential elements of the financial system of government, and to continue priority services.
  3. All Essential Governmental Operation services that can be reasonably accomplished virtually or through telework will be so accomplished.
  4. All City services exempted as Critical Sector work in Executive Order 20-20, or services otherwise required by the State or Federal government to be carried on by the City of Saint Paul that have not been suspended, will continue.
  5. All City services identified in Paragraph 4 above that can be reasonably accomplished virtually or through telework will be so accomplished.
  6. Consistent with Executive Order 20-20, all Priority Three and Priority Four services that can be reasonably accomplished virtually or through telework will be so accomplished.

Pursuant to Chapter 13 of the Saint Paul Administrative Code, this Executive Order is in immediate effect upon my signature and, if not sooner rescinded, shall expire at the end of forty (40) days after its effective date or at the end of the declared local emergency to which it relates, whichever occurs first. 


Executive Order April 2, 2020, 2020-03

EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-03

I, Melvin Carter III, Mayor of the City of Saint Paul, by the authority vested in me by Saint Paul Administrative Code Section 13.02, issue the following Executive Order:

WHEREAS, the City of Saint Paul has entered into a Memorandum of Agreement with the unions representing Saint Paul City employees for the purpose of providing emergency leave to be used for employees unable to work due to the COVID-19 pandemic; and

WHEREAS, the Memorandum of Understanding does not apply to non-represented employees or non-represented temporary employees for the City; and

WHEREAS, it is in the best interests of the City of Saint Paul to extend this emergency pandemic leave to the non-represented employees and non-represented temporary employees for the same reasons as set forth in the MOA;

Pursuant to the authority granted to me by City Charter Sec. 3.01.4 I direct that employees who are unable to work a portion of, or all their regularly scheduled hours due to the COVID19 pandemic, be granted up to eighty (80) hours of Emergency Pandemic Leave (EPL) as set forth in the Memorandum of Agreement. The 80 EPL hours will be prorated for part-time employees, as well as non-benefits earning employees, based on the average number of hours worked per pay period since the first full pay period of 2020.

Any employee in the Non-Represented Unit is not entitled to any negative accrual of Earned Sick and Safe Time (ESST) beyond forty-eight (48) hours under this Executive Order.

This Order will remain in place until May 2, 2020 and may be extended upon further Order if the Peacetime Emergency declared under the Governor’s Executive Order 20-01 has not yet expired. 


Executive Order April 9, 2020, 2020-04

EMERGENCY EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-04

I, Melvin Carter III, Mayor of the City of Saint Paul, on 9 of April, 2020, pursuant to Saint Paul Legislative Code Section 13.06, do hereby issue the following Executive Order:

On March 13, 2020, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz issued Executive Order 20-10 Declaring a Peacetime Emergency and Coordinating Minnesota’s Strategy to Protect Minnesotans from COVID-19” pursuant to Minn. Stat. § 12.31, Subd. 2.

On March 15, 2020, Saint Paul Mayor Melvin Carter issued an Emergency Declaration in response to the COVID-19 pandemic” pursuant to Minn. Stat. § 12.29 and Leg. Code § 13.06(a) to which the City
Council consented to on March 17, 2020.

The Emergency Declaration at Paragraph 2 directs City departments to review ordinance and regulatory requirements that can and should be adjusted or suspended, or to enact emergency regulations to support the residents of the City during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Zoning and Planning Administrators, through their respective Directors for the departments of safety and inspection and planning and economic development, in response to the Emergency Declaration, have advised that they have identified certain requirements in the City’s zoning ordinances which could unnecessarily encumber the ability to swiftly approve and locate medical facilities needed on an emergency basis to contend with the public health emergency created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Leg. Code Chapter 13.06(b) provides, “whenever necessary to meet an emergency … for which adequate regulations have not been adopted … , the mayor may by executive order promulgate regulations … respecting … the use of property during emergencies; the repair, maintenance and safeguarding of essential public services; emergency health, fire and safety regulations; and all other matters which are required to protect public safety, health and welfare in emergencies.”

The City’s department of emergency services, in conjunction with Ramsey County, the Minnesota Department of Health and agencies of the United States Government, have compiled a list of potential
facility sites to house “Alternative Care Sites” which may become necessary to open and operate on a temporary basis in anticipation that all other healthcare resources are, or will be rapidly exhausted
contending with the public health emergency created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Melvin Carter, Mayor of the City of Saint Paul, do hereby issue the following Emergency Executive Order:

  1. All sections or regulations contained in the City’s zoning code that permit or regulate medical facilities such as clinics, hospitals, and medical laboratories, as to their permitted location and operations, are hereby suspended effectively immediately as of the date and time of execution of this Emergency Executive Order, the effect of which shall continue until as provided herein.
  2. Alternative Care Sites (“ACS”) shall be treated as a use similar to a medical facility and are therefore subject to this Emergency Executive Order so that they can be rapidly and effectively established to reduce the morbidity, mortality, and the social impact on the City from the COVID-19 Pandemic, provided; that the location, occupancy, and operation of any ACS facility shall be subject to the prior written approval from the Zoning Administrator, the Building Official, and the Director of the department of emergency management and that these approvals may each contain reasonable conditions in keeping with the protection of the health, welfare, and safety of the public.

Pursuant to Chapter 13 of the Saint Paul Legislative Code, this Executive Order is in immediate effect upon my signature and, if not sooner rescinded, shall expire at the end of forty (40) days after its effective date or at the end of the declared local emergency to which it relates, whichever occurs first.


Executive Order April 9, 2020, 2020-05

EMERGENCY EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-05

I, Melvin Carter III, Mayor of the City of Saint Paul, on April 9, 2020, pursuant to Saint Paul Legislative Code Section 13.06, do hereby issue the following Executive Order:

On March 13, 2020, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz issued Executive Order 20-10 Declaring a Peacetime Emergency and Coordinating Minnesota’s Strategy to Protect Minnesotans from COVID-19” pursuant to Minn. Stat. § 12.31, Subd. 2.

On March 15, 2020, Saint Paul Mayor Melvin Carter issued an Emergency Declaration in response to the COVID-19 pandemic” pursuant to Minn. Stat. § 12.29; which the City Council consented to on March 17, 2020.

Saint Paul Leg. Code Chapter 13.06(b) provides that, “whenever necessary to meet an emergency … the mayor may by executive order promulgate regulations … for which adequate regulations have not been adopted … respecting matters which are required to protect public safety, health and welfare in emergencies”.

Buildings and residences in downtown Saint Paul are connected by a robust skyway system which both allows downtown residents to move between buildings and provides downtown residents with access to essential businesses.

The hours of the skyway system are governed by Saint Paul Legislative Code §140.10 which sets the General Hours of Operation and requires that “all parts of the skyway system shall be open to the public every day between the hours of 6:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.”.

Compliance with the skyway hours of operation requires monitoring by both Saint Paul Police and building owners. Allowing Downtown building owners to close their area of the skyway at 7p.m. seven days a week will increase the number of officers available to patrol the streets, provide relief by reducing financial and staffing burdens on building owners, and assist in reducing the incidents of vandalism in the skyway system that are believed to be attributed to the decrease in use by the general population.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Melvin Carter, Mayor of the City of Saint Paul, do hereby issue the following Emergency Executive Order: Section 140.10 (a) of the Saint Paul Legislative Code pertaining to the general hours of skyway operation is hereby amended during the current emergency to allow an individual with responsibility for a portion of the skyway system to close their portion of the skyway for which they are responsible at 7 p.m. provided that notice of the revised skyway hours are posted in conspicuous locations.

Pursuant to Chapter 13 of the Saint Paul Legislative Code, this Executive Order is in immediate effect upon my signature and, if not sooner rescinded or later extended, shall expire at the end of forty (40) days after its effective date or at the end of the declared local emergency to which it relates, whichever occurs first.


Executive Order April 24, 2020, 2020-06

EMERGENCY EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-06

I, Melvin Carter III, Mayor of the City of Saint Paul, on April 24, 2020, pursuant to Saint Paul Legislative Code Section 13.06, do hereby issue the following Executive Order:

On March 13, 2020, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz issued Executive Order 20-10 Declaring a Peacetime Emergency and Coordinating Minnesota’s Strategy to Protect Minnesotans from COVID-19” pursuant to Minn. Stat. § 12.31, Subd. 2.

On March 15, 2020, Saint Paul Mayor Melvin Carter issued an Emergency Declaration in response to the COVID-19 pandemic” pursuant to Minn. Stat. § 12.29; which the City Council consented to on March 17, 2020.

Saint Paul Leg. Code Chapter 13.06(b) provides that, “whenever necessary to meet an emergency … the mayor may by executive order promulgate regulations … for which adequate regulations have not been adopted … respecting the conduct of persons and the use of property during emergencies; the repair, maintenance and safeguarding of essential public services; emergency health, fire and safety regulations; and all other matters which are required to protect public safety, health and welfare in emergencies”.

During the course of the Declared Emergency, Mayor Carter has issued several Executive Orders which will expire before the end of the Declared Emergency: 

  • Executive Order 2020-1 regulating large gatherings in the City of Saint Paul will expire on April 26, 2020.
  • Executive Order 2020-2 describing essential government operations will expire on May 6, 2020.
  • Executive Order 2020-3 extending emergency pandemic leave to all employees will expire on May 2, 2020.
  • Executive Order 2020-4 suspending certain zoning regulations for alternative care sights will expire on May 19, 2020.
  • Executive Order 2020-5 regulating skyway hours will expire on May 19, 2020.

All of these Executive Orders remain necessary to protect the public health, safety and welfare.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Melvin Carter, Mayor of the City of Saint Paul, do hereby issue the following Emergency Executive Order:

The above-referenced Executive Orders are extended.

Pursuant to Chapter 13 of the Saint Paul Legislative Code, this Executive Order is in immediate effect upon my signature and, if not sooner rescinded or later extended, shall expire at the end of forty (40) days after its effective date or at the end of the declared local emergency to which it relates, whichever occurs first.


Executive Order April 24, 2020, 2020-07

EMERGENCY EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-07

I, Melvin Carter III, Mayor of the City of Saint Paul, on April 24, 2020, pursuant to Saint Paul Legislative Code Section 13.06, do hereby issue the following Executive Order:

On March 13, 2020, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz issued Executive Order 20-10 Declaring a Peacetime Emergency and Coordinating Minnesota’s Strategy to Protect Minnesotans from COVID- 19 pursuant to Minn. Stat. § 12.31, Subd. 2.

On March 15, 2020, Saint Paul Mayor Melvin Carter issued an Emergency Declaration in response to the COVID-19 pandemic pursuant to Minn. Stat. § 12.29; which the City Council consented to on March 17, 2020.

Saint Paul Leg. Code Chapter 13.06(b) provides that, “whenever necessary to meet an emergency … the mayor may by executive order promulgate regulations … for which adequate regulations have not been adopted … respecting … the conduct of persons and the use of property during emergencies; … and all other matters which are required to protect public safety, health and welfare in emergencies”.

In order to meet the COVID-19 emergency and protect public safety, health and welfare, it is necessary for the City to invest City resources, including staff, to provide services and perform tasks in addition to those normally performed by the City. This necessity includes the City providing materials and staff to respond to the additional needs created by COVID-19 for first responders and medical professionals, City employees, and the general public (“Additional Emergency Work”). This necessity also includes providing staff or other resources to other governmental units to assist in their work to protect public safety, health and welfare (“Assistance to Governmental Unit”).

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Melvin Carter, Mayor of the City of Saint Paul, do hereby issue the following Emergency Executive Order:

  • Prior to taking on Additional Emergency Work, City departments are directed to submit for approval amended Emergency Plans, as defined in Executive Order 2020-2. Such amended Emergency Plans must describe how such Additional Emergency Work meets a need related to COVID-19 and either protects, or provides direct support to work that protects, the health, safety and welfare of city employees and/or the general public.
  • Prior to providing any Assistance to Governmental Units, City departments are directed to submit for approval by me or my designee and City Council approval a written agreement outlining the assistance to be provided to the governmental unit consistent with Minn. Stat. Sec. 471.59.

Pursuant to Chapter 13 of the Saint Paul Legislative Code, this Executive Order is in immediate effect upon my signature and, if not sooner rescinded or later extended, shall expire at the end of forty (40) days after its effective date or at the end of the declared local emergency to which it relates, whichever occurs first.


Executive Order April 24, 2020, 2020-08

EMERGENCY EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-08

I, Melvin Carter III, Mayor of the City of Saint Paul, on April 24, 2020, pursuant to Saint Paul Legislative Code Section 13.06, do hereby issue the following Executive Order:

On March 13, 2020, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz issued Executive Order 20-10 Declaring a Peacetime Emergency and Coordinating Minnesota’s Strategy to Protect Minnesotans from COVID-19” pursuant to Minn. Stat. § 12.31, Subd. 2.

On March 15, 2020, Saint Paul Mayor Melvin Carter issued an Emergency Declaration in response to the COVID-19 pandemic” pursuant to Minn. Stat. § 12.29; which the City Council consented to on March 17, 2020.

Saint Paul Leg. Code Chapter 13.06(b) provides that, “whenever necessary to meet an emergency … the mayor may by executive order promulgate regulations … for which adequate regulations have not been adopted … respecting all other matters which are required to protect public safety, health and welfare in emergencies”.

On March 16, 2020, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz issued Executive Order 20-04 which ordered the temporary closure of Minnesota restaurants and bars to dine-in customers and also ordered the temporary closure of places of public accommodation and amusement, including but not limited to: theatres, museums, fitness centers, and community clubs; and Bars, taverns, brew pubs, breweries, microbreweries, distilleries, wineries, tasting rooms, clubs, and other places of public accommodation that offer alcoholic beverages for on-premises consumption until April 10, 2020. On March 18, Governor Walz signed Executive Order 20-08 clarifying that Executive order 20-04 also applied to salons, barbershops and other similar establishments.

On March 25, Governor Walz signed Executive Order 20-20 directing Minnesotans to stay at home and allowed only essential workers to go to work. This order has been extended until May 4, 2020.

On April 8, 2020, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz issued Executive Order 20-33 which extended Executive Order 20-04 until May 4, 2020. These Executive Orders have partially or fully closed or otherwise significantly impacted many Saint Paul Businesses.

Saint Paul businesses impacted by the Governor’s Executive Orders contribute to the vitality of Saint Paul, provide employment opportunities and services to residents, grow the City’s tax base, and increase our sense of community. Easing the burden on these businesses will assist them in survival and recovery and in turn assist the City in its recovery.

Many St. Paul Businesses who have been impacted by the Governors Executive Orders hold business licenses that they must renew annually and pay a fee. Reducing License fees for these businesses will assist them in the survival and recovery process.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Melvin Carter, Mayor of the City of Saint Paul, in an effort to ease the financial burden and aid in the recovery of Saint Paul businesses impacted by Minnesota Governor Walz’s Executive Orders, do hereby issue the following Emergency Executive Order:

  • License holders for the license types listed below will be given:
    • A 25% one-time reduction on their next annual license fees.
    • A one-time, ninety-day extension of the due date for payment of their next renewal license fees for all license holders whose renewal date is before August 1, 2020.
  • This Executive Order applies to the following license types:
    • Bowling Centers
    • Cabaret - Class A
    • Cigarette/Tobacco-Product Shop
    • Dance or Rental Halls
    • Entertainment (A)
    • Entertainment (B)
    • Entertainment (C)
    • Gambling Location
    • Health/Sport Club
    • Health/Sport Club-Exercise Only Facility
    • Liquor - Microdistillery Cocktail Room
    • Liquor Catering (State Cater/City Liq)
    • Liquor On Sale - 100 seats or less
    • Liquor On Sale - 101-180 Seats
    • Liquor On Sale - 181-290 Seats
    • Liquor On Sale - 2 AM Closing
    • Liquor On Sale - 291 or more Seats
    • Liquor On Sale - Theater
    • Liquor On Sale-Club 201-500 Mbrs - B
    • Liquor On Sale-Club 501-1000 Mbrs - C
    • Liquor On Sale-Club under 200 Mbrs - A
    • Liquor-Outdoor Service Area (Patio)
    • Liquor-Outdoor Service Area (Sidewalk)
    • Malt On Sale (3.2)
    • Malt On Sale (Brewery Taproom)
    • Malt On Sale (Strong)
    • Massage Center - A (Commercial)
    • Massage Center - B (Home Location)
    • Massage Practitioner
    • Recycling Collection Center
    • Recycling Processing Center
    • Tanning Facility
    • Theaters and Movie Theaters
    • Wine On Sale

I FURTHER REQUEST, that the Saint Paul City Council take immediate action by Ordinance to extend this Emergency Executive Order for 1 year so all impacted businesses will receive both a 25% reduction of their next annual license fee, and businesses with annual license fees due prior to August 1, 2020 will receive a ninety-day extension of the next due date of those fees.

Pursuant to Chapter 13 of the Saint Paul Legislative Code, this Executive Order is in immediate effect upon my signature and, if not sooner rescinded or later extended, shall expire at the end of forty (40) days after its effective date or at the end of the declared local emergency to which it relates, whichever occurs first.


Executive Order May 27, 2020, 2020-09

EMERGENCY EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-09

Melvin Carter III, Mayor of the City of Saint Paul, on May 27, 2020, pursuant to Saint Paul Legislative Code Section 13.06, do hereby issue the following Executive Order:

On March 13, 2020, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz issued Executive Order 20-01 Declaring a Peacetime Emergency and Coordinating Minnesota’s Strategy to Protect Minnesotans from COVID-19 pursuant to Minn. Stat. § 12.31, Subd. 2.

On March 15, 2020, Saint Paul Mayor Melvin Carter issued an Emergency Declaration in response to the COVID-19 pandemic pursuant to Minn. Stat. § 12.29; which the City Council consented to on March 17, 2020.

Saint Paul Leg. Code Chapter 13.06(b) provides that, “whenever necessary to meet an emergency … the mayor may by executive order promulgate regulations … for which adequate regulations have not been adopted … respecting the conduct of persons and the use of property during emergencies; the repair, maintenance and safeguarding of essential public services; emergency health, fire and safety regulations; and all other matters which are required to protect public safety, health and welfare in emergencies.”

Governor Walz on March 25, 2020 issued Executive Order 20-20 directing all Minnesotans to Stay at Home with limited exceptions. On April 8, 2020 and April 30, 2020, Governor Walz issued Executive Orders 20-33 and 20-48, respectively, extending and modifying the previous Stay at Home orders. On May 17, 2020, Executive Order 20-48 expired, and Minnesotans are again allowed to leave their homes for certain non-work activities outside of the home, including activities that are not conducive to social distancing and hygiene, for many reasons.

There are documented community acquired COVID-19 cases in Saint Paul. The potential for community contact transmission is especially concerning for vulnerable individuals, emergency workers, and other essential workers who continue to provide services to the community. The CDC and local public health officials recommend that everyone wear a cloth face covering when leaving their homes, regardless of whether they have fever or symptoms of COVID-19. This is because of evidence that people with COVID- 19 spread the disease even when they do not have any symptoms. While such coverings are not personal protective equipment, face coverings, whether manufactured or homemade cloth, provide “source control” by helping to limit the person wearing the covering from infecting others and by helping to control the spread of the virus.

Governor Walz’s Executive Order 20-56 issued on May 13, 2020 “strongly encourage(s) all Minnesotans to wear a manufactured or homemade cloth face covering when they leave their homes and travel to any public setting where social distancing measures are difficult to maintain. . . and to follow face covering guidelines issued by MDH and the CDC.” NOW,

THEREFORE, I, Melvin Carter, Mayor of the City of Saint Paul, do hereby issue the following Emergency Executive Order:

Regulations:

  1. Individuals At City-Controlled Property: Must wear a face covering at all times when social distancing of at least 6 feet is not maintained.
  2. Businesses Licensed By the City of Saint Paul: Must require all Individuals to wear a face covering at all times when social distancing of at least 6 feet is not maintained.
  3. All Businesses: Strongly encouraged to include in their COVID-19 Preparedness Plan under Governor Walz’ Executive Order 20-56 a requirement that all individuals wear a face covering at all times when social distancing of at least 6 feet is not maintained.

Terms:

  1. Individual: all persons except young children at risk of suffocation and persons who cannot medically tolerate wearing a face covering.
  2. City-Controlled Property: includes park facilities, libraries, and City offices and workplaces.
  3. Face Covering: includes manufactured or homemade cloth face coverings. Face coverings must fully cover an individual’s nose and mouth. Face coverings are not required to be medical-grade masks.

Enforcement:

  1. Any Individual who fails to comply with this requirement will be asked to leave any city controlled property. Any individual who subsequently refuses to leave said property upon request will be deemed to be trespassing and may be subject to criminal penalties as provided by law.
  2. Any business licensed by the City of Saint Paul found in violation of this requirement may face adverse licensing action and penalties under Chapter 310 of the Saint Paul Legislative Code.

Pursuant to Chapter 13 of the Saint Paul Legislative Code, this Executive Order will take effect on June 1 following my signature and, if not sooner rescinded or later extended, shall expire at the end of forty (40) days after its effective date or at the end of the declared local emergency to which it relates, whichever occurs first.


Executive Order May 27, 2020, 2020-10

EMERGENCY EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-10

I, Melvin Carter III, Mayor of the City of Saint Paul, on May 27, 2020, pursuant to Saint Paul Legislative Code Section 13.06, do hereby issue the following Executive Order:

On March 13, 2020, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz issued Executive Order 20-10 “Declaring a Peacetime Emergency and Coordinating Minnesota’s Strategy to Protect Minnesotans from COVID-19” pursuant to Minn. Stat. § 12.31, Subd. 2.

On March 15, 2020, Saint Paul Mayor Melvin Carter issued an “Emergency Declaration in response to the COVID-19 pandemic” pursuant to Minn. Stat. § 12.29; which the City Council consented to on March 17, 2020.

Saint Paul Leg. Code Chapter 13.06(b) provides that, “whenever necessary to meet an emergency … the mayor may by executive order promulgate regulations … for which adequate regulations have not been adopted … regarding the conduct of persons and the use of property during emergencies, and respecting all other matters which are required to protect public safety, health and welfare in emergencies”.

On March 16, 2020, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz issued Executive Order 20-04 which ordered the temporary closure of Minnesota restaurants and bars to dine-in customers and also ordered the temporary closure of places of public accommodation and amusement, including but not limited to: theatres, museums, fitness centers, and community clubs; and Bars, taverns, brew pubs, breweries, microbreweries, distilleries, wineries, tasting rooms, clubs, and other places of public accommodation that offer alcoholic beverages for on-premises consumption until April 10, 2020.

On March 25, Governor Walz signed Executive Order 20-20 directing Minnesotans to stay at home and allowed only essential workers to go to work. This order was extended until May 4, 2020.

On May 13, 2020, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz issued Executive Order 20-56 which directed the Commissioners of Health, Employment and Economic Development, and Labor and Industry to develop a phased plan to achieve the limited and safe reopening of bars, restaurants, and other places of public accommodation beginning June 1, 2020.

On May 20, 2020, the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development released industry guidance which will allow bars and restaurants to safely reopen on June 1, 2020. This guidance identified key requirements including:

  • Develop and implement a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan
  • Open for outdoor dining and/or curbside pickup/delivery only
  • Ensure at least 6 feet of distance with maximum on-premises capacity to no more than 50 persons
  • Limit table service to 4 persons, or 6 if part of one family unit
  • Require reservations; do not allow walk-in customers
  • Require masks or face shields to be worn by workers and strongly recommend masks for all customers
  • Establish regular disinfection routine and train workers

On May 27, 2020, Governor Walz issued Executive Oder 20-63 that included regulations for outdoor service provided by restaurants, food courts, cafes, coffeehouses, bars, taverns, brewer taprooms, micro distiller cocktail rooms, farm wineries, craft wineries, cideries, golf courses, and other Places of Public Accommodation offering food or beverages (including alcoholic beverages) for on premises consumption.

Saint Paul bars and restaurants impacted by the Governor’s Executive Orders contribute to the vitality of Saint Paul, provide employment opportunities and services to residents, grow the City’s tax base, and increase our sense of community. Ensuring that bars and restaurants can reopen under the guidelines laid out by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development will ease the burden on these businesses will assist them in survival and recovery, and, in turn, assist the City in its recovery.

Many Saint Paul bars and restaurants who have been impacted by the Governors Executive Orders may not be able to create or expand outdoor space due to licensing, zoning, and other City ordinances regulating the use of public right of way and private property.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Melvin Carter, Mayor of the City of Saint Paul, in an effort to ease the financial burden and aid in the recovery of Saint Paul businesses impacted by Minnesota Governor Walz’s Executive Orders, do hereby issue the following Emergency Executive Order:

  1. Any Establishment (defined as a restaurant, bar, general retail, outdoor commercial use, farmers market, brew-on-premise store, or outdoor garden center operating in the City of Saint Paul) that wishes to operate or expand its use on to outdoor public or private property must comply with Governor Walz Executive Order 20-63, the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development industry guidance for safely reopening, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Minnesota State Building Code, all other laws and regulations, and ordinances not affected by this order.
  2. Any Establishment that currently has a Seasonal Outside Service Area License or a Right of Way Obstruction Permit may open for outdoor seating under the terms of that license or permit following any necessary alterations required by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.
  3. Any Establishment that wishes to expand an existing outdoor service area or establish a new outdoor service area may provide outdoor service provided that they are in compliance with paragraph 1 above, and, if applicable, must do the following: a. For Establishments holding a liquor license, submit an application and obtain a license for a Temporary C-19 Seasonal Outside Service Area which will have the requirements and criteria of Saint Paul Leg. Code Sec. 409.06 (g), as amended below. Any such application must include either a Temporary C-19 Right of Way Obstruction Permit or documentation of ownership or written agreement with the property owner to occupy the outdoor space. b. For all Establishments wishing to occupy the Right of Way, submit an application and obtain a permit for a Temporary C-19 Right of Way Obstruction which will have the requirements and criteria of Saint Paul Leg. Code 106.01(b) and (c) as amended below.
  4. For the purposes of allowing outside seating and services, and to the extent required to facilitate such seating and services, the following requirements for the Seasonal Outside Service Area License under Saint Paul Leg. Code Section 409.05(g) and Chapter 310.09 and Right of Way Obstruction Permit under Saint Paul Leg. Code Section 106.01 (b) and (c), and the Zoning Code are amended as follows:
    a. All fees are waived.
    b. Public hearing and notice requirements are waived.
    c. Provided that legal authority to use proposed outdoor space exists, consent of neighboring property owners are waived.
    d. Business and temporary sign regulations are waived.
    e. Off-street parking requirements are waived to the extent that: i. Such parking is not required by the Americans with Disabilities Act. ii. The Establishment has the legal right to occupy the area.
    f. Unless contrary to state law, establishments may expand use on to off-street parking areas provided that that the parking area is on the same lot or abuts the location of the principal use, and/or may expand use on to other vacant areas that are zoned for business uses on the same or abutting lot of the principal use.
    g. Requirements for Conditional Use Permits are waived.
    h. All Establishments obtaining a C-19 Right of Way Obstruction Permit must agree to defend and indemnify the City as required by Saint Paul Leg. Code Sec. 116.15.
    i. For Farmers Markets permitted under Sec. 65.515, the requirements of subsections (a) and (b) of that ordinance remain in effect. Subsections (c) through (f) of the ordinance are suspended during the Emergency.
    j. For an Outdoor Garden Center permitted under Sec. 65.518 the requirements of subsections (a), (b) and (d) of that ordinance remain in effect. Subsection (c) of the ordinance is suspended during the Emergency.
  5. Provided that the application and supporting documents for a Temporary C-19 Seasonal Outside Service Area and a Temporary C-19 Right of Way Obstruction Permit meet all legal requirements as outlined in this Order (including approval of site plan, verification of insurance, and verification of legal authority to occupy the proposed area) and the director finds that no grounds exist for the denial of such application, I authorize the Director of the Department of Safety and Inspections and the Director of the Department of Public Works to administratively approve, modify, deny or revoke such application.
  6. I hereby further direct the Director of the Department of Safety and Inspections and the Director of the Department of Public Works to take all actions necessary to facilitate the use of outdoor property for Saint Paul businesses, and to expedite all applications as described in this Order.

Pursuant to Chapter 13 of the Saint Paul Legislative Code, this Executive Order will take effect on June 1, 2020 and, if not sooner rescinded or later extended, shall expire at the end of forty (40) days after its effective date or at the end of the declared local emergency to which it relates, whichever occurs first.


City of Saint Paul Emergency Declaration May 29, 2020

WHEREAS, on May 25, 2020, a Minneapolis police officer killed George Floyd while he was handcuffed and in the custody of officers of the Minneapolis Police Department; and

WHEREAS, other Minneapolis police officers stood guard as witnesses begged the officers to provide life saving aid to George Floyd; and

WHEREAS, civil unrest has arisen in the Twin Cities metropolitan area since Mr. Floyd’s death; and

WHEREAS, the aforementioned civil unrest included mass protests in Minneapolis on May 26- 28, 2020 which caused injuries, looting and the destruction of public and private property; and

WHEREAS, the aforementioned civil unrest, including looting and the destruction of property, has spread to Saint Paul as of May 28, 2020; and

WHEREAS, Minnesota Statute Section 12.29 and Saint Paul Legislative Code Chapter 13.06 (a) authorize the Mayor to declare a local emergency “when necessary to prevent or respond to emergencies;” and

WHEREAS, Governor Walz, in Executive Order 20-56, has declared a peacetime emergency in the City of Saint Paul as well as the City of Minneapolis and the “surrounding communities”; and

WHEREAS, Governor Walz, as part of Executive Order 20-56, has activated the National Guard to support in emergency operations and response; and

WHEREAS, the aforementioned civil unrest constitutes a local emergency as defined by Minnesota Statute Section 12.03, subd. 3 and Saint Paul Legislative Code 13.02; now,

THEREFORE, MAYOR MELVIN CARTER III, OF THE CITY OF SAINT PAUL DECLARES, REQUESTS, AND DIRECTS AS FOLLOWS:

  1. Under the authority given in Minnesota Statutes 12.29 and Saint Paul Legislative Code 13.06, declares that a local emergency exists within Saint Paul, effective May 29, 2020, with all the powers and responsibilities attending thereto as provided by Minnesota Statute, Chapter 12, and Saint Paul Legislative Code, Chapter 13.
  2. Directs City departments to review ordinance and regulatory requirements, operations, civil and legal proceedings, events, and resources that can and should be adjusted or suspended, or emergency regulations that should be enacted to support and protect the residents and visitors of Saint Paul and public and private property in Saint Paul.
  3. Directs the Saint Paul Director of Emergency Management to request and coordinate appropriate aid and resources from surrounding jurisdictions, the Ramsey County Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, and the State of Minnesota, as needed.
  4. Requests the City Council convene an emergency session at its earliest convenience to consent to this declaration. This state of local emergency may not be continued for a period in excess of three days except by or with the consent of the Council of the City of Saint Paul.
  5. Orders that this declaration be given prompt and general publicity and that it be filed promptly by the City Clerk.

Dated this 29th day of May, 2020.


Executive Order May 29, 2020, 2020-11

EMERGENCY EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-11

I, Melvin Carter III, Mayor of the City of Saint Paul, on May 29, 2020, pursuant to Saint Paul Legislative Code Section 13.06, do hereby issue the following Executive Order:

On May 29, 2020, pursuant to Minn. Stat. § 12.29, I issued an Emergency Declaration, declaring a Peacetime Emergency due to the civil unrest occurring throughout Saint Paul.

Saint Paul Leg. Code Chapter 13.06(b) provides that, “whenever necessary to meet an emergency … the mayor may by executive order promulgate regulations … for which adequate regulations have not been adopted … respecting …the conduct of persons and the use of property during emergencies; the repair, maintenance and safeguarding of essential public services; emergency health, fire and safety regulations; and all other matters which are required to protect public safety, health and welfare in emergencies”.

On May 25, 2020, a Minneapolis police officer killed George Floyd while he was handcuffed and in the custody of officers of the Minneapolis Police Department. Other Minneapolis police officers stood guard as witnesses begged the officers to provide life-saving aid to George Floyd. Civil unrest has arisen in the Twin Cities metropolitan area since Mr. Floyd’s death. This civil unrest included mass protests in Minneapolis on May 26-28, 2020 which caused injuries, looting and the destruction of public and private property. This civil unrest, including looting and the destruction of property, has spread to Saint Paul as of May 28, 2020. On May 29, 2020 the Saint Paul Fire Chief reported that between May 28, 2020 and May 29, 2020, the City received over 300 calls for service for fires, 126 of which were related to fire calls and 55 of which were confirmed. A curfew is necessary in order to ensure the public safety of the people of Saint Paul.

Governor Walz, in Executive Order 20-56, has declared a peacetime emergency in the City of Saint Paul as well as the City of Minneapolis and the “surrounding communities”. Governor Walz, as part of Executive Order 20-56, has also activated the National Guard to support in emergency operations and response. On May 29, 2020. Governor Walz issued Executive Order 20-65 implementing a night-time curfew in the cities of Saint Paul and Minneapolis.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Melvin Carter III, Mayor of the City of Saint Paul, do hereby issue the following Emergency Executive Order:

  1. Night-time Curfew: effective May, 29, 2020, at 8:00 P.M. a curfew is imposed in all public places within the City of Saint Paul between the hours of 8:00 P.M. and 6:00 A.M.
  2. Travel Prohibited. During the curfew, all persons must not travel on any public street or public place.
  3. Exemptions. All law enforcement, fire and medical personnel, and members of the news media, as well as other personnel authorized by the City of Saint Paul, Minnesota Department of Public Safety, Minnesota State Patrol, or Minnesota National Guard, are exempt from the curfew. Individuals traveling directly to and from work, seeking emergency care, fleeing danger, or experiencing homelessness are also exempt.
  4. Definitions.
    a. For the purposes of this Executive Order, “travel” includes, without limitation, travel on foot, bicycle, skateboard, scooter, motorcycle, automobile, or public transit, or any other mode of transporting a person from one location to another.
    b. For the purposes of this Executive Order, a “public place” is any place, whether on privately or publicly owned property, accessible to the general public, including but not limited to public streets and roads, alleys, highways, driveways, sidewalks, parks, vacant lots, and unsupervised property.
  5. Enforcement.
    a. Pursuant to Minnesota Statutes 2019, section 12.45, an individual who willfully violates this Executive Order is guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction must be punished by a fine not to exceed $1,000 or by imprisonment for not more than 90 days.
    b. Any person who disobeys a lawful order of a regular member or auxiliary member of the police or fire departments enforcing this Executive Order or another person having a specific emergency management assignment and displaying their official identification enforcing this Executive Order shall be guilty of a misdemeanor pursuant to Saint Paul Legislative Code 13.13.

Pursuant to Chapter 13 of the Saint Paul Legislative Code, this Executive Order is in immediate effect upon my signature and, if not sooner rescinded or later extended, shall expire at 6:00 A.M. on May 31, 2020.


Executive Order May 29, 2020, 2020-12

EMERGENCY EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-12

I, Melvin Carter III, Mayor of the City of Saint Paul, on May 29, 2020, pursuant to Saint Paul Legislative Code Section 13.06, do hereby issue the following Executive Order:

On May 29, 2020, pursuant to Minn. Stat. § 12.29, I issued an Emergency Declaration, declaring a Peacetime Emergency due to the civil unrest occurring throughout Saint Paul.

Saint Paul Leg. Code Chapter 13.06(b) provides that, “whenever necessary to meet an emergency … the mayor may by executive order promulgate regulations … for which adequate regulations have not been adopted … respecting …the conduct of persons and the use of property during emergencies; fire and safety regulations; and all other matters which are required to protect public safety, health and welfare in emergencies”.

On May 25, 2020, a Minneapolis police officer killed George Floyd while he was handcuffed and in the custody of officers of the Minneapolis Police Department. Other Minneapolis police officers stood guard as witnesses begged the officers to provide life-saving aid to George Floyd. Civil unrest has arisen in the Twin Cities metropolitan area since Mr. Floyd’s death. This civil unrest included mass protests in Minneapolis on May 26-28, 2020 which caused injuries, looting and the destruction of public and private property. This civil unrest, including looting and the destruction of property, has spread to Saint Paul as of May 28, 2020. On May 29, 2020 the Saint Paul Fire Chief reported that between May 28, 2020 and May 29, 2020, the City received over 300 calls for service for fires, 126 of which were related to fire calls and 55 of which were confirmed. The civil unrest constitutes a local emergency as defined by Minnesota Statute Section 12.03, subd. 3 and Saint Paul Legislative Code 13.02.

Buildings and residences in downtown Saint Paul are connected by a robust skyway system which allows downtown residents to move between buildings without going outdoors. Because it is indoors and passes through private buildings, the skyway system is difficult to patrol and, should civil unrest develop within the skyways system, it would require extensive manpower to control.

For these reasons, downtown leaders have expressed concerns regarding the safety of downtown residents, businesses and the skyway system infrastructure and requested that the skyway system be closed from 4 p.m. on May 29, 2020 through 6 a.m. on June 1, 2020 in order to protect the residents and these major assets.

The hours of the skyway system are governed by Saint Paul Legislative Code §140.10 which sets the General Hours of Operation and requires that “all parts of the skyway system shall be open to the public every day between the hours of 6:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.”. On April 9, 2020 I issued Emergency Executive Order 2020-05 which amended Saint Paul Legislative Code §140.10 and allowed building owners connected to the skyway system to reduce their daily skyway hour of operation to 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

In response to the civil unrest, on May 29, 2020, I issued Emergency Executive Order 2020-11 imposing a curfew in all public places in order to protect individuals and property. Temporarily closing the skyway system from 4 p.m. on May 29 until 6 am on June 1, 2020 is necessary to protect the safety of downtown residents and business owners whose residences and businesses are connected to the system from incidents of violence and vandalism in the skyway system.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Melvin Carter III, Mayor of the City of Saint Paul, do hereby issue the following Emergency Executive Order: Section 140.10 (a) of the Saint Paul Legislative Code pertaining to the general hours of skyway operation is hereby amended during the current emergency to require the closure of the skyway system beginning on May 29, 2020 through 6 a.m. on June 1, 2020. I am directing owners of all buildings connecting to the skyway to secure the entrances to the skyway system and access to the skyway during this time.

Pursuant to Chapter 13 of the Saint Paul Legislative Code, this Executive Order is in immediate effect upon my signature and, if not sooner rescinded or later extended, shall expire at the end of forty (40) days after its effective date or at the end of the declared local emergency to which it relates, whichever occurs first.


Executive Order May 31, 2020, 2020-13

EMERGENCY EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-13

I, Melvin Carter III, Mayor of the City of Saint Paul, on May 31, 2020, pursuant to Saint Paul Legislative Code Section 13.06, do hereby issue the following Executive Order:

On May 29, 2020, pursuant to Minn. Stat. § 12.29, I issued an Emergency Declaration, declaring a Peacetime Emergency due to the civil unrest occurring throughout Saint Paul.

Saint Paul Leg. Code Chapter 13.06(b) provides that, “whenever necessary to meet an emergency … the mayor may by executive order promulgate regulations … for which adequate regulations have not been adopted … respecting …the conduct of persons and the use of property during emergencies; the repair, maintenance and safeguarding of essential public services; emergency health, fire and safety regulations; and all other matters which are required to protect public safety, health and welfare in emergencies”.

On May 25, 2020, a Minneapolis police officer killed George Floyd while he was handcuffed and in the custody of officers of the Minneapolis Police Department. Other Minneapolis police officers stood guard as witnesses begged the officers to provide life-saving aid to George Floyd. Civil unrest has arisen in the Twin Cities metropolitan area since Mr. Floyd’s death. This civil unrest included mass protests in Minneapolis on May 26-30, 2020 which caused injuries, looting and the destruction of public and private property. This civil unrest, including looting and the destruction of property, spread to Saint Paul on May 28, 2020. On May 29, 2020 the Saint Paul Fire Chief reported that between May 28, 2020 and May 29, 2020, the City received over 300 calls for service for fires, 126 of which were related to fire calls and 55 of which were confirmed. On May 30, the Minnesota National Guard force numbered more than 4,100 in Saint Paul and Minneapolis in order to help protect critical assets and infrastructure and assist in controlling unlawful behavior overnight. The curfew was critical in preventing further risk to public safety and destruction to property. Although onditions have improved, threats to public safety remain. Because much of the destruction and violence has taken place under the cover of darkness, a temporary nighttime curfew remains necessary order to ensure the public safety of the people of Saint Paul and protect property.

Governor Walz, in Executive Order 20-56, has declared a peacetime emergency in the City of Saint Paul as well as the City of Minneapolis and the “surrounding communities”. Governor Walz, as part of Executive Order 20-56, has also activated the National Guard to support in emergency operations and response. On May 29, 2020. Governor Walz issued Executive Order 20-65 implementing a night-time curfew in the cities of Saint Paul and Minneapolis.

On May 31, 2020, Governor Walz issued Executive Order 20-68 imposing a curfew in the cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul for an additional night through June 1, 2020 at 6:00 a.m.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Melvin Carter III, Mayor of the City of Saint Paul, do hereby issue the following Emergency Executive Order:

  1. Night-time Curfew: effective May 31, 2020, a curfew is imposed in all public places within the City of Saint Paul between the hours of 8:00 P.M. and 6:00 A.M.
  2. Travel Prohibited. During the curfew, all persons must not travel on any public street or in any public place.
  3. Exemptions. All law enforcement, fire and medical personnel, and members of the news media, as well as other personnel authorized by the City of Saint Paul, Minnesota Department of Public Safety, Minnesota State Patrol, or Minnesota National Guard, are exempt from the curfew. Individuals traveling directly to and from work, seeking emergency care, fleeing dangerous circumstances, or experiencing homelessness are also exempt.
  4. Definitions.
    a. For the purposes of this Executive Order, “travel” includes, without limitation, travel on foot, bicycle, skateboard, scooter, motorcycle, automobile, or public transit, or any other mode of transporting a person from one location to another.
    b. For the purposes of this Executive Order, a “public place” is any place, whether on privately or publicly owned property, accessible to the general public, including but not limited to public streets and roads, alleys, highways, driveways, sidewalks, parks, vacant lots, and unsupervised property.
  5. Enforcement.
    a. Pursuant to Minnesota Statutes 2019, section 12.45, an individual who willfully violates this Executive Order is guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction must be punished by a fine not to exceed $1,000 or by imprisonment for not more than 90 days.
    b. Any person who disobeys a lawful order of a regular member or auxiliary member of the police or fire departments enforcing this Executive Order or another person having a specific emergency management assignment and displaying their official identification enforcing this Executive Order shall be guilty of a misdemeanor pursuant to Saint Paul Legislative Code 13.13.

Pursuant to Chapter 13 of the Saint Paul Legislative Code, this Executive Order is in immediate effect upon my signature and, if not sooner rescinded or later extended, shall expire at 6:00 A.M. on June 1, 2020.


Executive Order June 1, 2020, 2020-14

EMERGENCY EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-14

I, Melvin Carter III, Mayor of the City of Saint Paul, on June 1, 2020, pursuant to Saint Paul Legislative Code Section 13.06, do hereby issue the following Executive Order:

On May 29, 2020, pursuant to Minn. Stat. § 12.29, I issued an Emergency Declaration, declaring a Peacetime Emergency due to the civil unrest occurring throughout Saint Paul.

On June 1, 2020, the Council of the City of Saint Paul consented to that declaration and, unless earlier rescinded, extended the emergency for thirty days, through July 1, 2020.

Saint Paul Leg. Code Chapter 13.06(b) provides that, “whenever necessary to meet an emergency … the mayor may by executive order promulgate regulations … for which adequate regulations have not been adopted … respecting …the conduct of persons and the use of property during emergencies; the repair, maintenance and safeguarding of essential public services; emergency health, fire and safety regulations; and all other matters which are required to protect public safety, health and welfare in emergencies.”

On May 25, 2020, a Minneapolis police officer killed George Floyd while he was handcuffed and in the custody of officers of the Minneapolis Police Department. Other Minneapolis police officers stood guard as witnesses begged the officers to provide life-saving aid to George Floyd. Civil unrest has arisen in the Twin Cities metropolitan area and across the country since Mr. Floyd’s death. This civil unrest included mass protests in Minneapolis on May 26- 31, 2020 which caused injuries, looting and the destruction of public and private property.

This civil unrest, including looting and the destruction of property, spread to Saint Paul on May 28, 2020. On May 29, 2020 the Saint Paul Fire Chief reported that between May 28, 2020 and May 29, 2020, the City received over 300 calls for service, 126 of which were related to fire calls and 55 of which were confirmed fires.

Governor Walz, in Executive Order 20-56, has declared a peacetime emergency in the City of Saint Paul as well as the City of Minneapolis and the “surrounding communities”. Governor Walz, as part of Executive Order 20-56, also activated the National Guard to support in emergency operations and response. On May 29, 2020. Governor Walz issued Executive Order 20-65 implementing a night-time curfew in the cities of Saint Paul and Minneapolis.

The curfew has been critical in preventing further risk to public safety and destruction to property. On May 31, curfew violations continued resulting in arrests in the cities of Saint Paul and Minneapolis. Although conditions have improved, threats to public safety remain. Because much of the destruction and violence has taken place under the cover of darkness, a temporary nighttime curfew remains necessary to ensure the public safety of the people of Saint Paul and protect property.

On June 1, 2020, Governor Walz issued Executive Order 20-69 extending the temporary night-time curfew in the cities of Saint Paul and Minneapolis to restrict individuals from being in public streets or public property for two more nights, through June 3, 2020, from 10:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Melvin Carter III, Mayor of the City of Saint Paul, do hereby issue the following Emergency Executive Order:

  1. Night-time Curfew: effective June 1, 2020, a curfew is imposed in all public places within the City of Saint Paul between the hours of 10:00 P.M. and 4:00 A.M
  2. Travel Prohibited. During the curfew, all persons must not travel on any public street or in any public place.
  3. Exemptions. All law enforcement, fire and medical personnel, and members of the news media, as well as other personnel authorized by the City of Saint Paul, Minnesota Department of Public Safety, Minnesota State Patrol, or Minnesota National Guard, are exempt from the curfew. Individuals traveling directly to and from work, seeking emergency care, fleeing dangerous circumstances, or experiencing homelessness are also exempt.
  4. Definitions.
    a. For the purposes of this Executive Order, “travel” includes, without limitation, travel on foot, bicycle, skateboard, scooter, motorcycle, automobile, or public transit, or any other mode of transporting a person from one location to another.
    b. For the purposes of this Executive Order, a “public place” is any place, whether on privately or publicly owned property, accessible to the general public, including but not limited to public streets and roads, alleys, highways, driveways, sidewalks, parks, vacant lots, and unsupervised property.
  5. Enforcement.
    a. Pursuant to Minnesota Statutes 2019, section 12.45, an individual who willfully violates this Executive Order is guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction must be punished by a fine not to exceed $1,000 or by imprisonment for not more than 90 days.
    b. Any person who disobeys a lawful order of a regular member or auxiliary member of the police or fire departments enforcing this Executive Order or another person having a specific emergency management assignment and displaying their official identification enforcing this Executive Order shall be guilty of a misdemeanor pursuant to Saint Paul Legislative Code 13.13.

Pursuant to Chapter 13 of the Saint Paul Legislative Code, this Executive Order is in immediate effect upon my signature and, if not sooner rescinded or later extended, shall expire at 4:00 A.M. on June 3, 2020.


Executive Order June 3, 2020, 2020-15

EMERGENCY EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-15

I, Melvin Carter III, Mayor of the City of Saint Paul, on June 3, 2020, pursuant to Saint Paul Legislative Code Section 13.06, do hereby issue the following Executive Order:

On March 13, 2020, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz issued Executive Order 20-01 declaring a Peacetime Emergency and coordinating Minnesota’s strategy to protect Minnesotans from COVID-19” pursuant to Minn. Stat. § 12.31, Subd. 2.

On March 15, 2020, I issued an Emergency Declaration in response to the COVID-19 pandemic pursuant to Minn. Stat. § 12.29; which the City Council consented to on March 17, 2020.

Saint Paul Leg. Code Chapter 13.06(b) provides that, “whenever necessary to meet an emergency … the mayor may by executive order promulgate regulations … for which adequate regulations have not been adopted … respecting the conduct of persons and the use of property during emergencies; the repair, maintenance and safeguarding of essential public services; emergency health, fire and safety regulations; and all other matters which are required to protect public safety, health and welfare in emergencies.”

During the course of the Declared Emergency, I have issued several Executive Orders which were extended before their expiration and now expire on June 3, 2020:  

  • Executive Order 2020-1 regulating large gatherings in the City of Saint Paul.
  • Executive Order 2020-2 describing essential government operations.
  • Executive Order 2020-3 extending emergency pandemic leave to all employees.
  • Executive Order 2020-4 suspending certain zoning regulations for alternative care sites.
  • Executive Order 2020-5 regulating skyway hours.

In addition, Executive Order 2020-7 describing amendments to emergency plans will also expire on June 3, 2020. These executive orders remain necessary to protect the public health, safety, and welfare.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Melvin Carter III, Mayor of the City of Saint Paul, do hereby issue the following Emergency Executive Order:

The following Executive Orders are extended as amended below:

  • Executive Order 2020-1 regulating large gatherings in St. Paul is extended without amendment.
  • Executive Order 2020-2 describing essential government operations is amended to state the requirement that the City determine the minimum governmental operations is now required by Governor Walz Executive Order 20-33.
  • Executive Order 2020-3 extending emergency pandemic leave to all employees is extended without amendment.
  • Executive Order 2020-4 suspending certain zoning regulations for alternative care sites is extended without amendment.
  • Executive Order 2020-5 regulating skyway hours is extended without amendment.
  • Executive Order 2020-7 describing amendments to emergency plans is amended to state the requirement that the City determine the minimum governmental operations is now required by Governor Walz Executive Order 20-33.

Pursuant to Chapter 13 of the Saint Paul Legislative Code, this Executive Order is in immediate effect upon my signature and, if not sooner rescinded or later extended, shall expire at the end of forty (40) days after its effective date or at the end of the declared local emergency to which it relates, whichever occurs first.


Executive Order June 3, 2020, 2020-16

EMERGENCY EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-16

I, Melvin Carter III, Mayor of the City of Saint Paul, on June 3, 2020, pursuant to Saint Paul Legislative Code Section 13.06, do hereby issue the following Executive Order:

On May 29, 2020, pursuant to Minn. Stat. § 12.29, I issued an Emergency Declaration, declaring a Peacetime Emergency due to the civil unrest occurring throughout Saint Paul.

On June 1, 2020, the Council of the City of Saint Paul consented to that declaration and, unless earlier rescinded, extended the emergency for thirty days, through July 1, 2020.

Saint Paul Leg. Code Chapter 13.06(b) provides that, “whenever necessary to meet an emergency … the mayor may by executive order promulgate regulations … for which adequate regulations have not been adopted … respecting …the conduct of persons and the use of property during emergencies; the repair, maintenance and safeguarding of essential public services; emergency health, fire and safety regulations; and all other matters which are required to protect public safety, health and welfare in emergencies.”

On May 25, 2020, a Minneapolis police officer killed George Floyd while he was handcuffed and in the custody of officers of the Minneapolis Police Department. Other Minneapolis police officers stood guard as witnesses begged the officers to provide life-saving aid to George Floyd. Civil unrest has arisen in the Twin Cities metropolitan area and across the country since Mr. Floyd’s death. This civil unrest included mass protests in Minneapolis on May 26- 31, 2020 which caused injuries, looting and the destruction of public and private property.

This civil unrest, including looting and the destruction of property, spread to Saint Paul on May 28, 2020. On May 29, 2020 the Saint Paul Fire Chief reported that between May 28, 2020 and May 29, 2020, the City received over 300 calls for service, 126 of which were related to fire calls and 55 of which were confirmed fires.

Governor Walz, in Executive Order 20-56, has declared a peacetime emergency in the City of Saint Paul as well as the City of Minneapolis and the “surrounding communities”. Governor Walz, as part of Executive Order 20-56, also activated the National Guard to support in emergency operations and response. On May 29, 2020. Governor Walz issued Executive Order 20-65 implementing a night-time curfew in the cities of Saint Paul and Minneapolis.

The curfew has been critical in preventing further risk to public safety and destruction to property. On May 31, curfew violations continued resulting in arrests in the cities of Saint Paul and Minneapolis. Although conditions have improved, threats to public safety remain. Because much of the destruction and violence has taken place under the cover of darkness, a temporary nighttime curfew remains necessary to ensure the public safety of the people of Saint Paul and protect property.

On June 1, 2020, Governor Walz issued Executive Order 20-69 extending the temporary night-time curfew, through June 3, 2020, from 10:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. On June 3, 2020, Governor Walz issued Executive order 20-71 further extending the temporary night-time curfew in the cities of Saint Paul and Minneapolis to restrict individuals from being in public streets or public property for two more nights, through June 5, 2020, from 10:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Melvin Carter III, Mayor of the City of Saint Paul, do hereby issue the following Emergency Executive Order:

  1. Night-time Curfew: effective June 3, 2020, a curfew is imposed in all public places within the City of Saint Paul between the hours of 10:00 P.M. and 4:00 A.M
  2. Travel Prohibited. During the curfew, all persons must not travel on any public street or in any public place.
  3. Exemptions. All law enforcement, fire and medical personnel, and members of the news media, as well as other personnel authorized by the City of Saint Paul, Minnesota Department of Public Safety, Minnesota State Patrol, or Minnesota National Guard, are exempt from the curfew. Individuals traveling directly to and from work, seeking emergency care, fleeing dangerous circumstances, or experiencing homelessness are also exempt.
  4. Definitions.
    a. For the purposes of this Executive Order, “travel” includes, without limitation, travel on foot, bicycle, skateboard, scooter, motorcycle, automobile, or public transit, or any other mode of transporting a person from one location to another.
    b. For the purposes of this Executive Order, a “public place” is any place, whether on privately or publicly owned property, accessible to the general public, including but not limited to public streets and roads, alleys, highways, driveways, sidewalks, parks, vacant lots, and unsupervised property.
  5. Enforcement.
    a. Pursuant to Minnesota Statutes 2019, section 12.45, an individual who willfully violates this Executive Order is guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction must be punished by a fine not to exceed $1,000 or by imprisonment for not more than 90 days.
    b. Any person who disobeys a lawful order of a regular member or auxiliary member of the police or fire departments enforcing this Executive Order or another person having a specific emergency management assignment and displaying their official identification enforcing this Executive Order shall be guilty of a misdemeanor pursuant to Saint Paul Legislative Code 13.13.

Pursuant to Chapter 13 of the Saint Paul Legislative Code, this Executive Order is in immediate effect upon my signature and, if not sooner rescinded or later extended, shall expire at 4:00 A.M. on June 4, 2020.


Executive Order June 5, 2020, 2020-17

EMERGENCY EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-17

I, Melvin Carter III, Mayor of the City of Saint Paul, on June 5, 2020, pursuant to Saint Paul Legislative Code Section 13.06, do hereby issue the following Executive Order:

On May 29, 2020, pursuant to Minn. Stat. § 12.29, I issued an Emergency Declaration, declaring a Peacetime Emergency due to the civil unrest occurring throughout Saint Paul. On June 1, 2020, the Council of the City of Saint Paul consented to that declaration and, unless earlier rescinded, extended the emergency for thirty days, through July 1, 2020.

Saint Paul Leg. Code Chapter 13.06(b) provides that, “whenever necessary to meet an emergency … the mayor may by executive order promulgate regulations … for which adequate regulations have not been adopted … respecting …the conduct of persons and the use of property during emergencies; fire and safety regulations; and all other matters which are required to protect public safety, health and welfare in emergencies”.

On May 25, 2020, a Minneapolis police officer killed George Floyd while he was handcuffed and in the custody of officers of the Minneapolis Police Department. Other Minneapolis police officers stood guard as witnesses begged the officers to provide life-saving aid to George Floyd. Civil unrest has arisen in the Twin Cities metropolitan area and across the country since Mr. Floyd’s death. This civil unrest included mass protests in Minneapolis on May 26- 31, 2020 which caused injuries, looting and the destruction of public and private property.

This civil unrest, including looting and the destruction of property, spread to Saint Paul on May 28, 2020. On May 29, 2020 the Saint Paul Fire Chief reported that between May 28, 2020 and May 29, 2020, the City received over 300 calls for service, 126 of which were related to fire calls and 55 of which were confirmed fires.

Governor Walz, in Executive Order 20-56, has declared a peacetime emergency in the City of Saint Paul as well as the City of Minneapolis and the “surrounding communities”.

Buildings and residences in downtown Saint Paul are connected by a robust skyway system which allows downtown residents to move between buildings without going outdoors. Because it is indoors and passes through private buildings, the skyway system is difficult to patrol and, should civil unrest develop within the skyways system, it would require extensive manpower to control.

For these reasons, downtown leaders have expressed concerns regarding the safety of downtown residents, businesses and the skyway system infrastructure and requested that the skyway system be closed from 2:00 p.m. on June 5, 2020 through 6:00 a.m. on June 6, 2020 in order to protect the residents and these major assets.

The hours of the skyway system are governed by Saint Paul Legislative Code §140.10 which sets the General Hours of Operation and requires that “all parts of the skyway system shall be open to the public every day between the hours of 6:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.”. On April 9, 2020 I issued Emergency Executive Order 2020-05 which amended Saint Paul Legislative Code §140.10 and allowed building owners connected to the skyway system to reduce their daily skyway hour of operation to 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. On June 3, 2020, I renewed Executive Order 2020- 5 to extend the emergency skyway hours until July 13, 2020.

In response to the civil unrest, I have issued Emergency Executive Orders 2020-11, 13, 14, and 16 imposing a curfew in all public places in order to protect individuals and property. In addition, I temporarily closed the skyway system from 4 p.m. on May 29 until 6 am on June 1, 2020. It is again necessary to close the skyway system in order to protect the safety of downtown residents and business owners whose residences and businesses are connected to the system from incidents of violence and vandalism in the skyway system.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Melvin Carter III, Mayor of the City of Saint Paul, do hereby issue the following Emergency Executive Order:

Section 140.10 (a) of the Saint Paul Legislative Code pertaining to the general hours of skyway operation is hereby amended during the current emergency to require the closure of the skyway system beginning at 2:00 p.m. on June 5, 2020 through 6:00 a.m. on June 6, 2020. I am directing owners of all buildings connecting to the skyway to secure the entrances to the skyway system and access to the skyway during this time.

Pursuant to Chapter 13 of the Saint Paul Legislative Code, this Executive Order is in immediate effect upon my signature and, if not sooner rescinded or later extended, shall expire at the end of forty (40) days after its effective date or at the end of the declared local emergency to which it relates, whichever occurs first.


Extending City of Saint Paul Emergency Declaration COVID-19 June 8, 2020

WHEREAS, Novel Coronavirus Disease 2019, commonly known as COVID-19, a respiratory disease that can result in serious illness or death, is caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which is a new strain of coronavirus that had not been previously identified in humans and can easily spread from person to person; and

WHEREAS, on March 15, 2020, I declared under the authority given in Minnesota Statutes §12.29, that a local emergency exists within Saint Paul, effective March 15, 2020, with all the powers and responsibilities attending thereto as provided by Chapter 12, Minnesota Statute, and Saint Paul Legislative Code, Chapter 13; and

WHEREAS, on March 17, 2020, the Saint Paul City Council, in Res 20-550 approved that declaration and extended the emergency for ninety days, until June 15, 2020; and

WHEREAS, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to present an unprecedented and rapidly evolving challenge to our City. As of June 7, 2020, there have been 3,507 reported cases of COVID-19 in Ramsey County, and 155 deaths; and

WHEREAS, on March 13, 2020, Governor Walz issued Executive Order 20-01 and declared a peacetime emergency under Minnesota Statutes 2019, section 12.31, subdivision 2. On April 13, 2020, Governor Walz issued Executive Order 20-35, extending the peacetime emergency declared in Executive Order 20-01. On May 13, 2020, Governor Walz issued Executive Order 20-25 extending the peacetime emergency declared in Executive Order 20-10 through June 13, 2020; and

WHEREAS, during the COVID-19 peacetime emergency, I have exercised executive authority through more than ten Executive Orders to provide relief and further prepare our City for the COVID-19 Pandemic; and

WHEREAS, these Executive Orders remain in effect only as long as the emergency continues; and

WHEREAS, the National Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the Minnesota Department of Public Health continue to recommend social distancing, source-control and cleaning measures, detailed plans for businesses, and that any individual with confirmed COVID-19 should remain under home isolation precautions until the risk of secondary transmission to others is thought to be low; and

WHEREAS, during this pandemic, it is possible that individuals who are not diagnosed with COVID-19 will be placed in quarantine to control or prevent further spread of COVID-19; and

WHEREAS, the necessary resources to respond to and recover from this pandemic will exceed those resources available within the City, and additional resources will be needed from Ramsey County, and state and federal sources;

NOW, THEREFORE, MAYOR MELVIN CARTER Ill, OF THE CITY OF SAINT PAUL DECLARES, REQUESTS, AND DIRECTS AS FOLLOWS:

  1. Under the authority given in Minnesota Statutes §12.29, declares that a local emergency continues to exist within Saint Paul, on June 8, 2020, with all the powers and responsibilities attending thereto as provided by Chapter 12, Minnesota Statute, and Saint Paul Legislative Code, Chapter 13.
  2. Directs City departments to review ordinance and regulatory requirements, operations, civil and legal proceedings, events, and resources that can and should be adjusted or suspended, or to enact emergency regulations to support the residents of Saint Paul during the pandemic.
  3. Directs the Saint Paul Director of Emergency Management to request and coordinate appropriate aid and resources from surrounding jurisdictions, the Ramsey County Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, and the State of Minnesota, as needed.
  4. Declares, under Minn. Stat.§ 13D.021, that in-person meetings of the City Council and other public bodies under the Mayor's jurisdiction are not practical or prudent because of the COVID-19 health pandemic and the emergency declared under Minn. Stat. Chapter 12 by Governor Walz.
  5. Requests the City Council convene at its earliest convenience to discuss the situation and this declaration. This state of local emergency may not be continued for a period in excess of three days except by or with the consent of the Council of the City of Saint Paul.
  6. Orders that this declaration be given prompt and general publicity and that it be filed promptly by the City Clerk.

Executive Order July 6, 2020, 2020-18

EMERGENCY EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-18

I, Melvin Carter III, Mayor of the City of Saint Paul, on July 6, 2020, pursuant to Saint Paul Legislative Code Section 13.06, do hereby issue the following Executive Order:

On March 13, 2020, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz issued Executive Order 20-01 declaring a Peacetime Emergency and coordinating Minnesota’s strategy to protect Minnesotans from COVID-19” pursuant to Minn. Stat. § 12.31, Subd. 2.

On March 15, 2020, I issued an Emergency Declaration in response to the COVID-19 pandemic” pursuant to Minn. Stat. § 12.29; which the City Council consented to on March 17, 2020.

Saint Paul Leg. Code Chapter 13.06(b) provides that, “whenever necessary to meet an emergency … the mayor may by executive order promulgate regulations … for which adequate regulations have not been adopted … respecting the conduct of persons and the use of property during emergencies; the repair, maintenance and safeguarding of essential public services; emergency health, fire and safety regulations; and all other matters which are required to protect public safety, health and welfare in emergencies.”

During the course of the Declared Emergency, I have issued several Executive Orders, two of which expire on July 6, 2020:

  • Executive Order 2020-9 requiring masks be worn at all city-controlled property and all licensed businesses regulating large gatherings in the City of Saint Paul.
  • Executive Order 2020-10 allowing expansion of outdoor uses, creating a C-19 Seasonal Outside Service Area license and a C-19 Right of Way Permit, and waiving certain licensing, zoning, and other regulatory requirements.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Melvin Carter III, Mayor of the City of Saint Paul, do hereby issue the following Emergency Executive Order: The following Executive Orders are extended without amendment:

  • Executive Order 2020-9
  • Executive Order 2020-10

Pursuant to Chapter 13 of the Saint Paul Legislative Code, this Executive Order is in immediate effect upon my signature and, if not sooner rescinded or later extended, shall expire at the end of forty (40) days after its effective date or at the end of the declared local emergency to which it relates, whichever occurs first.


Executive Order July 13, 2020, 2020-19

EMERGENCY EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-19

I, Melvin Carter III, Mayor of the City of Saint Paul, on July 13, 2020, pursuant to Saint Paul Legislative Code Section 13.06, do hereby issue the following Executive Order:

On March 13, 2020, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz issued Executive Order 20-01 declaring a Peacetime Emergency and coordinating Minnesota’s strategy to protect Minnesotans from COVID- 19” pursuant to Minn. Stat. § 12.31, Subd. 2.

On March 15, 2020, I issued an Emergency Declaration in response to the COVID-19 pandemic pursuant to Minn. Stat. § 12.29; which the City Council consented to on March 17, 2020, and which I extended and such extension was approved by the City Council on June 10, 2020.

Saint Paul Leg. Code Chapter 13.06(b) provides that, “whenever necessary to meet an emergency … the mayor may by executive order promulgate regulations … for which adequate regulations have not been adopted … respecting the conduct of persons and the use of property during emergencies; the repair, maintenance and safeguarding of essential public services; emergency health, fire and safety regulations; and all other matters which are required to protect public safety, health and welfare in emergencies.”

During the course of the Declared Emergency, I have issued several Executive Orders, three of which expire on July 13, 2020:

  • Executive Order 2020-3 extending Emergency Pandemic Leave and allowance for negative accrual of ESST to non-union employees.
  • Executive Order 2020-4 allowing the City to treat “Alternative Care Sites” as medical facilities for purposes of the zoning code.
  • Executive Order 2020-5 amending skyway hours so that the skyway closes at 7:00 p.m. rather than at 10:00 p.m.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Melvin Carter III, Mayor of the City of Saint Paul, do hereby issue the following Emergency Executive Order:

The following Executive Orders are extended without amendment:

  • Executive Order 2020-3
  • Executive Order 2020-4
  • Executive Order 2020-5

Pursuant to Chapter 13 of the Saint Paul Legislative Code, this Executive Order is in immediate effect upon my signature and, if not sooner rescinded or later extended, shall expire at the end of forty (40) days after its effective date or at the end of the declared local emergency to which it relates, whichever occurs first.


Executive Order August 14, 2020, 2020-20

EMERGENCY EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-20

I, Melvin Carter III, Mayor of the City of Saint Paul, on August 14, 2020, pursuant to Saint Paul Legislative Code Section 13.06, do hereby issue the following Executive Order: On March 13, 2020, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz issued Executive Order 20-01 declaring a Peacetime Emergency and coordinating Minnesota’s strategy to protect Minnesotans from COVID-19” pursuant to Minn. Stat. § 12.31, Subd. 2. This emergency has been extended and remains in place.

On March 15, 2020, I issued an Emergency Declaration in response to the COVID-19 pandemic” pursuant to Minn. Stat. § 12.29; which the City Council consented to on March 17, 2020. This declaration has been extended and remains in place.

Saint Paul Leg. Code Chapter 13.06(b) provides that, “whenever necessary to meet an emergency … the mayor may by executive order promulgate regulations … for which adequate regulations have not been adopted … respecting the conduct of persons and the use of property during emergencies; the repair, maintenance and safeguarding of essential public services; emergency health, fire and safety regulations; and all other matters which are required to protect public safety, health and welfare in emergencies.”

During the course of the Declared Emergency, I have issued several Executive Orders, two of which expire on August 15, 2020:

  • Executive Order 2020-9 requiring masks be worn at all city-controlled property and all licensed businesses.
  • Executive Order 2020-10 allowing expansion of outdoor uses, creating a C-19 Seasonal Outside Service Area license and a C-19 Right of Way Permit, and waiving certain licensing, zoning, and other regulatory requirements.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Melvin Carter III, Mayor of the City of Saint Paul, do hereby issue the following Emergency Executive Order: The following Executive Orders are extended without amendment:

  • Executive Order 2020-9
  • Executive Order 2020-10

Pursuant to Chapter 13 of the Saint Paul Legislative Code, this Executive Order is in immediate effect upon my signature and, if not sooner rescinded or later extended, shall expire at the end of forty (40) days after its effective date or at the end of the declared local emergency to which it relates, whichever occurs first.


Executive Order August 22, 2020, 2020-21

EMERGENCY EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-21

I, Melvin Carter III, Mayor of the City of Saint Paul, on August 22, 2020, pursuant to Saint Paul Legislative Code Section 13.06, do hereby issue the following Executive Order:

On March 13, 2020, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz issued Executive Order 20-01 declaring a Peacetime Emergency and coordinating Minnesota’s strategy to protect Minnesotans from COVID- 19” pursuant to Minn. Stat. § 12.31, Subd. 2. This Declaration has been extended and remains in effect.

On March 15, 2020, I issued an Emergency Declaration in response to the COVID-19 pandemic” pursuant to Minn. Stat. § 12.29; which the City Council consented to on March 17, 2020, and which I extended, and such extension was approved by the City Council on June 10, 2020.

Saint Paul Leg. Code Chapter 13.06(b) provides that, “whenever necessary to meet an emergency … the mayor may by executive order promulgate regulations … for which adequate regulations have not been adopted … respecting the conduct of persons and the use of property during emergencies; the repair, maintenance and safeguarding of essential public services; emergency health, fire and safety regulations; and all other matters which are required to protect public safety, health and welfare in emergencies.”

During the course of the Declared Emergency, I have issued several Executive Orders, two of which expire on August 22, 2020 and the original basis for these orders has not changed:

  • Executive Order 2020-3 extending Emergency Pandemic Leave and allowance for negative accrual of ESST to non-union employees.
  • Executive Order 2020-4 allowing the City to treat “Alternative Care Sites” as medical facilities for purposes of the zoning code.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Melvin Carter III, Mayor of the City of Saint Paul, do hereby issue the following Emergency Executive Order: The following Executive Orders are extended without amendment:

  • Executive Order 2020-3
  • Executive Order 2020-4

Pursuant to Chapter 13 of the Saint Paul Legislative Code, this Executive Order is in immediate effect upon my signature and, if not sooner rescinded or later extended, shall expire at the end of forty (40) days after its effective date or at the end of the declared local emergency to which it relates, whichever occurs first.


Executive Order August 22, 2020, 2020-22

EMERGENCY EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-22

I, Melvin Carter III, Mayor of the City of Saint Paul, on August 22, 2020, pursuant to Saint Paul Legislative Code Section 13.06, do hereby issue the following Executive Order:

On March 13, 2020, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz issued Executive Order 20-01 declaring a Peacetime Emergency and coordinating Minnesota’s strategy to protect Minnesotans from COVID- 19” pursuant to Minn. Stat. § 12.31, Subd. 2. This Declaration has been extended and remains in effect.

On March 15, 2020, I issued an Emergency Declaration in response to the COVID-19 pandemic” pursuant to Minn. Stat. § 12.29; which the City Council consented to on March 17, 2020, and which I extended, and such extension was approved by the City Council on June 10, 2020.

Saint Paul Leg. Code Chapter 13.06(b) provides that, “whenever necessary to meet an emergency … the mayor may by executive order promulgate regulations … for which adequate regulations have not been adopted … respecting the conduct of persons and the use of property during emergencies; the repair, maintenance and safeguarding of essential public services; emergency health, fire and safety regulations; and all other matters which are required to protect public safety, health and welfare in emergencies.”

During the course of the Declared Emergency, I have issued several Executive Orders, one of which expires on August 22, 2020:

  • Executive Order 2020-5 amending skyway hours to allow individuals with responsibility for a portion of the skyway system to close their portion of the skyway for which they are responsible at 7 p.m., provided that notice of the revised hours is posted in conspicuous locations.

Executive Oder 2020-5 was issued based on findings that:

  • Buildings and residences in downtown Saint Paul are connected by a robust skyway system which both allows downtown residents to move between buildings and provides downtown residents with access to essential businesses.
  • The hours of the skyway system are governed by Saint Paul Legislative Code §140.10 which sets the General Hours of Operation and requires that “all parts of the skyway system shall be open to the public every day between the hours of 6:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.”.
  • Compliance with the skyway hours of operation requires monitoring by both Saint Paul Police and building owners.
  • Allowing Downtown building owners to close their area of the skyway at 7 p.m. seven days a week will increase the number of officers available to patrol the streets, provide relief by reducing financial and staffing burdens on building owners, and assist in reducing the incidents of vandalism in the skyway system that are believed to be attributed to the decrease in use by the general population.

The City’s Department of Safety and Inspections has been in contact with the Skyway Governance Advisory Committee (“Committee”) regarding ongoing skyway hours. The Committee requested that the skyway closure option remain in place with a 7:00 p.m. closure until Labor Day, August 31, 2020, and then be extended to a 10:00 pm closure time. The basis for this request is to support downtown businesses as business hours begin to increase as children go back to school and workers return to the workplace and there is additional need for people to be indoors as the weather turns colder; but also to recognize that there remains reduced business traffic in the skyways, especially later in the evening.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Melvin Carter III, Mayor of the City of Saint Paul, do hereby issue the following Emergency Executive Order:

I hereby extend Executive Order 2020-5 with the following amendment:

Through August 31, 2020, Section 140.10 (a) of the Saint Paul Legislative Code pertaining to the general hours of skyway operation is hereby amended during the current emergency to allow an individual with responsibility for a portion of the skyway system to close their portion of the skyway for which they are responsible at 7 p.m. provided that notice of the revised skyway hours are posted in conspicuous locations.

Beginning September 1, 2020, Section 140.10 (a) of the Saint Paul Legislative Code pertaining to the general hours of skyway operation is hereby amended during the current emergency to allow an individual with responsibility for a portion of the skyway system to close their portion of the skyway for which they are responsible at 10:00 p.m. provided that notice of the revised skyway hours are posted in conspicuous locations.

Pursuant to Chapter 13 of the Saint Paul Legislative Code, this Executive Order is in immediate effect upon my signature and, if not sooner rescinded or later extended, shall expire at the end of forty (40) days after its effective date or at the end of the declared local emergency to which it relates, whichever occurs first.


City of Saint Paul Emergency Declaration August 27, 2020

WHEREAS, on May 25, 2020, George Floyd died while in the custody of officers of the Minneapolis Police Department; and

WHEREAS, following the death of George Floyd, civil unrest erupted in Minneapolis including fires, looting and other criminal behavior; and

WHEREAS, on May 28 -31, 2020, the civil unrest in Minneapolis spread to Saint Paul and included fires, looting and other criminal behavior causing significant damage; and

WHEREAS, along University Avenue between Snelling and Lexington avenues, more than 70 businesses were impacted , with more than a dozen sustaining serious fire damage; and

WHEREAS, civil unrest has arisen nation-wide since Mr. Floyd’s death; and

WHEREAS, on August 23, 2020, Jacob Blake, an African American man, was shot by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and since that date there has been civil unrest in Kenosha, Wisconsin including mass protest, fires, looting, and shootings; and

WHEREAS, on August 26, 2020, Eddie Frank Sole Jr., 38, died by his own hand while being pursued by Minneapolis police; and

WHEREAS, Eddie Frank Sole, Jr., was an African American man, and false rumors spread that Minneapolis police had shot Mr. Sole; and

WHEREAS, to ensure the public safety of Saint Paul and protect property, a temporary nighttime curfew is necessary in Saint Paul; and

WHEREAS, the aforementioned civil unrest constitutes a local emergency as defined by Minnesota Statute Section 12.03, subd. 3 and Saint Paul Legislative Code 13.02; now,

THEREFORE, MAYOR MELVIN CARTER III, OF THE CITY OF SAINT PAUL DECLARES, REQUESTS, AND DIRECTS AS FOLLOWS:

  1. Under the authority given in Minnesota Statutes 12.29 and Saint Paul Legislative Code 13.06, declares that a local emergency exists within Saint Paul, effective August 27, 2020, with all the powers and responsibilities attending thereto as provided by Minnesota Statute, Chapter 12, and Saint Paul Legislative Code, Chapter 13.
  2. Directs City departments to review ordinance and regulatory requirements, operations, civil and legal proceedings, events, and resources that can and should be adjusted or suspended, or emergency regulations that should be enacted to support and protect the residents and visitors of Saint Paul and public and private property in Saint Paul.
  3. Directs the Saint Paul Director of Emergency Management to request and coordinate appropriate aid and resources from surrounding jurisdictions, the Ramsey County Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, and the State of Minnesota, as needed.
  4. Requests the City Council convene an emergency session at its earliest convenience to consent to this declaration. This state of local emergency may not be continued for a period in excess of three days except by or with the consent of the Council of the City of Saint Paul.
  5. Orders that this declaration be given prompt and general publicity and that it be filed promptly by the City Clerk.

 


Executive Order August 27, 2020, 2020-23

EMERGENCY EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-23

I, Melvin Carter III, Mayor of the City of Saint Paul, on August 27, 2020, pursuant to Saint Paul Legislative Code Section 13.06, do hereby issue the following Executive Order:

On August 27, 2020, pursuant to Minn. Stat. § 12.29, I issued an Emergency Declaration, declaring a Peacetime Emergency to prevent civil unrest occurring in Saint Paul.

Saint Paul Leg. Code Chapter 13.06(b) provides that, “whenever necessary to meet an emergency … the mayor may by executive order promulgate regulations … for which adequate regulations have not been adopted … respecting …the conduct of persons and the use of property during emergencies; the repair, maintenance and safeguarding of essential public services; emergency health, fire and safety regulations; and all other matters which are required to protect public safety, health and welfare in emergencies”.

On May 25, 2020, George Floyd died while in the custody of officers of the Minneapolis Police Department. Following the death of George Floyd, civil unrest erupted in Minneapolis including fires, looting and other criminal behavior; and the civil unrest in Minneapolis spread to Saint Paul and included fires, looting and other criminal behavior causing significant damage. Along University Avenue in Saint Paul between Snelling and Lexington avenues, more than 70 businesses suffered damage, with more than a dozen sustaining serious fire damage. Civil unrest has arisen nation-wide since Mr. Floyd’s death. On August 23, 2020, Jacob Blake, an African American man, was shot by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and since that date there has been civil unrest in Kenosha, Wisconsin including mass protest, fires, looting, and shootings. On August 26, 2020, Eddie Frank Sole Jr., 38, died by his own hand while being pursued by Minneapolis police. Mr. Sole was an African American man, and false rumors spread that Minneapolis police had shot Mr. Sole. Civil unrest erupted in downtown Minneapolis including looting and the destruction of public and private property. Minneapolis Police were assisted by the National Guard and State Patrol to restore order. Approximately 50 individuals were arrested in Minneapolis during the evening of August 26, 2020 including several individuals from Saint Paul. Overnight on August 26 into August 27, three St. Paul businesses were broken into and a fourth break-in was attempted and it is unknown whether these crimes were related to the civil unrest in Minneapolis. The City of Minneapolis has declared an emergency and imposed a curfew. Because much of the destruction and violence has taken place under the cover of darkness, a temporary night-time curfew is necessary in order to ensure the public safety of the people of Saint Paul and protect property.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Melvin Carter III, Mayor of the City of Saint Paul, do hereby issue the following Emergency Executive Order:

  1. Night-time Curfew: effective August 27, 2020 at 8:00 P.M, a curfew is imposed in all public places within the City of Saint Paul between the hours of 8:00 P.M. and 6:00 A.M.
  2. Travel Prohibited. During the curfew, all persons must not travel on any public street or in any public place.
  3. Exemptions. All law enforcement, fire and medical personnel, and members of the news media, as well as other personnel authorized by the City of Saint Paul, Minnesota Department of Public Safety, Minnesota State Patrol, or Minnesota National Guard, are exempt from the curfew. Individuals traveling directly to and from work, seeking emergency care, fleeing dangerous circumstances, or experiencing homelessness are also exempt.
  4. Definitions.
    a. For the purposes of this Executive Order, “travel” includes, without limitation, travel on foot, bicycle, skateboard, scooter, motorcycle, automobile, or public transit, or any other mode of transporting a person from one location to another.
    b. For the purposes of this Executive Order, a “public place” is any place, whether on privately or publicly owned property, accessible to the general public, including but not limited to public streets and roads, alleys, highways, driveways, sidewalks, parks, vacant lots, and unsupervised property.
  5. Enforcement. Any person who disobeys a lawful order of a regular member or auxiliary member of the police, National Guard or fire departments enforcing this Executive Order or another person having a specific emergency management assignment and displaying their official identification enforcing this Executive Order shall be guilty of a misdemeanor pursuant to Saint Paul Legislative Code 13.13 and other applicable state law.

Pursuant to Chapter 13 of the Saint Paul Legislative Code, this Executive Order is in immediate effect upon my signature and, if not sooner rescinded or later extended, shall expire at 6:00 A.M. on August 28, 2020.


Executive Order September 3, 2020, 2020-24

EMERGENCY EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-24

I, Melvin Carter III, Mayor of the City of Saint Paul, on September 3, 2020, pursuant to Saint Paul Legislative Code Section 13.06, do hereby issue the following Executive Order:

WHEREAS, on March 13, 2020, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz issued Executive Order 20-01 declaring a Peacetime Emergency and coordinating Minnesota’s strategy to protect Minnesotans from COVID-19 pursuant to Minn. Stat. § 12.31, subd. 2. This Declaration has been extended and remains in effect; and

WHEREAS, on March 15, 2020, I issued an Emergency Declaration in response to the COVID- 19 pandemic pursuant to Minn. Stat. § 12.29, which the City Council consented to on March 17, 2020, and which I extended, and such extension was approved by the City Council on June 10, 2020; and

WHEREAS, on March 25, 2020, the United States Senate unanimously passed (96-0) the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act ("CARES Act"); and

WHEREAS, on March 27, 2020, the House of Representatives passed the CARES Act, and the bill was subsequently signed into law, thereby providing Economic Impact Payments to many American households; and

WHEREAS, the CARES Act also established and appropriated $150 billion to the Coronavirus Relief Fund (“Fund”), which was to be used to make payments to state and local governments; and

WHEREAS, according to guidance from the U.S. Department of the Treasury, local governments are authorized to expend CARES Act funds to provide emergency financial assistance to individuals and families directly impacted by a loss of income due to the COVID-19 public health emergency; and

WHEREAS, the entire City of Saint Paul is currently responding to immediate effects of the public health emergency, in the form of employment loss, food shortages and housing hardships suffered by Saint Paul residents; and

WHEREAS, although the impacts of COVID-19 have hit hard across our entire city, according to a July 31, 2020 report by Wilder Research and Family Housing Fund, some neighborhoods and households are "feeling the effect disproportionately and are at greater risk of housing instability”; and

WHEREAS, based upon zip-code level data showing new and continuing unemployment compensation claims, and known housing cost burden (defined as paying more than 30% of their income on housing costs) the July 21, 2020 study identified 55104 (St. Paul: Midway, Frogtown, Union Park), 55106 (St. Paul: Dayton’s Bluff, Payne-Phalen), 55119 (St. Paul: Battle Creek – Highwood), and 55117 (St. Paul: North End, Thomas-Dale) as hardest hit by unemployment and housing hardships; and

WHEREAS, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, adults in households with children have been more likely to report permanent loss of employment, food shortages, and low confidence in their abilities to pay mortgage or rent; and

WHEREAS, a U.S. Census Bureau Household Pulse Survey conducted June 18-23, 2020, shows that households with children were more likely to use CARES Act Economic Impact Payments to pay for ongoing expenses—as opposed to saving or paying off debt—when compared to all households surveyed; and

WHEREAS, because households with children are more likely to spend direct financial assistance on expenses rather than saving or paying off debt, the Household Pulse Survey suggests that directing necessary financial assistance to these households will serve to stimulate the local economy; and

WHEREAS, according to the most recent U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey, 29% of Saint Paul households with babies (under one year of age) were living in poverty, and 32% of Saint Paul households with babies were enrolled in food stamps, compared with 22% of all Saint Paul residents, signaling that financial insecurity was disproportionally experienced among Saint Paul residents with babies prior to COVID-19, and is likely exacerbated by the COVID-19 public health emergency; and

WHEREAS, by using data reported by Wilder Research and Family Housing Fund, contact information provided by CollegeBound Saint Paul participants, and CARES Act and other funding, the city is uniquely positioned to provide necessary financial assistance to households with children located in the neighborhoods disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 public health emergency; and

WHEREAS, Saint Paul Leg. Code Chapter 13.06(b) provides that, “whenever necessary to meet an emergency . . . the mayor may by executive order promulgate regulations … for which adequate regulations have not been adopted . . . respecting the conduct of persons and the use of property during emergencies; the repair, maintenance and safeguarding of essential public services; emergency health, fire and safety regulations; and all other matters which are required to protect public safety, health and welfare in emergencies.”

WHEREAS, providing guaranteed monthly income to residents in neighborhoods hardest hit by the effects COVID-19 is a necessary and appropriate means of protecting the safety, health and welfare of residents living in those neighborhoods, and the economic health of the city as a whole.

NOW, THEREFORE, MAYOR MELVIN CARTER Ill, OF THE CITY OF SAINT PAUL DECLARES, REQUESTS, AND DIRECTS AS FOLLOWS:

  1. Directs the Office of Financial Empowerment (OFE) to develop and implement a program that provides payments in an amount not to exceed $500 in monthly guaranteed income to as many as 150 randomly selected Saint Paul residents, subject to the requirements of this Executive Order.
  2. Directs OFE to prepare an application for randomly selected residents, and further directs OFE to notify applicants that timely submission of the application does not ensure that they will receive guaranteed income payments, and that OFE may reject inaccurate or incomplete applications.
  3. Directs OFE to create eligibility criteria for guaranteed income program applicants, including that the applicant must:
    a. not hold public office in the City of Saint Paul or be a city employee; and
    b. be the parent or guardian of a CollegeBound Saint Paul beneficiary whose contact information at the time of enrollment into CollegeBound Saint Paul indicates residence in zip codes 55104, 55106, 55119 or 55117; and
    c. demonstrate a COVID-19-related adverse financial impact, such as:
       i. adverse financial consequences experienced by the applicant as a result of being quarantined, being furloughed or laid off, or having work hours reduced due to COVID-19; or
       ii. adverse financial consequences experienced by the applicant as a result of being unable to work due to the applicant’s COVID-19 diagnosis, or a spouse’s or dependent’s COVID-19 diagnosis; or
       iii. adverse financial consequences experienced by the applicant as a result of lack of childcare due to COVID-19; or
       iv. adverse financial consequences experienced as a result of closing or reducing hours of a business that the applicant owns or operates due to COVID-19; or
       v. other demonstrable adverse financial consequences experienced by the applicant due to COVID-19.
  4. Directs OFE to review all applications for completeness and accuracy, and in order to determine whether applicants are eligible for guaranteed income payments. OFE is further directed to select recipients of guaranteed income payments from the pool of randomly selected and verified eligible Saint Paul residents.
  5. Directs OFE to provide up to 18 guaranteed income payments to randomly selected, verified eligible residents in an amount not to exceed $500 per month, excluding any CollegeBound Saint Paul incentive monies paid.
  6. Directs that OFE notify recipients that it may use any legal means to recapture payments made to recipients who are later deemed ineligible for the Program, or who violate any laws, rules or regulations governing the Program.
  7. Directs that OFE prepare a statistical and financial report that analyzes the impacts of guaranteed income payments on recipients, neighborhoods, and the City as a whole, including whether guaranteed income payments impact income volitivity, economic agency, and financial well-being, as well as the impact of guaranteed income payments combined with any CollegeBound Saint Paul incentives paid. OFE may enter into an agreement with a third-party to complete this study.

Pursuant to Chapter 13 of the Saint Paul Legislative Code, this Executive Order is in immediate effect upon my signature and, if not sooner rescinded or later extended, shall expire at the end of forty (40) days after its effective date or at the end of the declared local emergency to which it relates, whichever occurs first.


Executive Order September 4, 2020, 2020-25

EMERGENCY EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-25

I, Melvin Carter III, Mayor of the City of Saint Paul, on September 4, 2020, pursuant to Saint Paul Legislative Code Section 13.06, do hereby issue the following Executive Order:

On March 13, 2020, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz issued Executive Order 20-01 declaring a Peacetime Emergency and coordinating Minnesota’s strategy to protect Minnesotans from COVID-19” pursuant to Minn. Stat. § 12.31, Subd. 2. This Declaration has been extended and remains in effect.

On March 15, 2020, I issued an Emergency Declaration in response to the COVID-19 pandemic” pursuant to Minn. Stat. § 12.29; which the City Council consented to on March 17, 2020, and which I extended and such extension was approved by the City Council on June 10, 2020.

Saint Paul Leg. Code Chapter 13.06(b) provides that, “whenever necessary to meet an emergency … the mayor may by executive order promulgate regulations … for which adequate regulations have not been adopted … respecting the conduct of persons and the use of property during emergencies; the repair, maintenance and safeguarding of essential public services; emergency health, fire and safety regulations; and all other matters which are required to protect public safety, health and welfare in emergencies.”

During the course of the Declared Emergency, I have issued several Executive Orders. Executive Order 2020-5 amended skyway hours to allow individuals with responsibility for a portion of the skyway system to close their portion of the skyway for which they are responsible at 7 p.m., provided that notice of the revised hours is posted in conspicuous locations.

Executive Oder 2020-5 was issued based on findings that:

  • Buildings and residences in downtown Saint Paul are connected by a robust skyway system which both allows downtown residents to move between buildings and provides downtown residents with access to essential businesses.
  • The hours of the skyway system are governed by Saint Paul Legislative Code §140.10 which sets the General Hours of Operation and requires that “all parts of the skyway system shall be open to the public every day between the hours of 6:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.”.
  • Compliance with the skyway hours of operation requires monitoring by both Saint Paul Police and building owners.
  • Allowing Downtown building owners to close their area of the skyway at 7:00 p.m. seven days a week will increase the number of officers available to patrol the streets, provide relief by reducing financial and staffing burdens on building owners, and assist in reducing the incidents of vandalism in the skyway system that are believed to be attributed to the decrease in use by the general population.

On August 21, 2020 I issued Emergency Executive order 2020-22 extending and amending Executive Order 2020-5 to allow skyway closure hours at 7:00 p.m. through Labor Day, but then allow closure 10:00 p.m. starting Labor Day. That order was based on the City’s Department of Safety and Inspections contact with the Skyway Governance Advisory Committee (“Committee”) regarding ongoing skyway hours. At that time, the Committee requested that the skyway closure option remain in place with a 7:00 p.m. closure until Labor Day, August 31, 2020, and then be extended to a 10:00 pm closure time.

After Executive Order 2020-22 was issued, the Department of Safety and Inspections engaged in further discussions with the Skyway Governance Committee as well as individual owners of downtown businesses and learned that several downtown hospitality businesses remain closed or with reduced hours and that several other businesses with office workers are still largely working remotely. The traffic in skyways remains very low and is not expected to increase significantly after Labor Day. Therefore, the Skyway Governance Committee held a meeting and voted to ask the City to return to the 7:00 p.m. closing hours rather than extending those hours to 10:00 p.m. Keeping the closing hours at 7:00 pm.  will continue to allow an increase in the number of officers available to patrol the streets, provide relief by reducing financial and staffing burdens on building owners, and assist in reducing the incidents of vandalism in the skyway system that are believed to be attributed to the decrease in use by the general population

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Melvin Carter III, Mayor of the City of Saint Paul, do hereby issue the following Emergency Executive Order:

Section 140.10 (a) of the Saint Paul Legislative Code pertaining to the general hours of skyway operation is hereby amended during the current emergency to allow an individual with responsibility for a portion of the skyway system to close their portion of the skyway for which they are responsible at 7:00 p.m. provided that notice of the revised skyway hours are posted in conspicuous locations.

Pursuant to Chapter 13 of the Saint Paul Legislative Code, this Executive Order is in immediate effect upon my signature and, if not sooner rescinded or later extended, shall expire at the end of forty (40) days after its effective date or at the end of the declared local emergency to which it relates, whichever occurs first.


Extending City of Saint Paul Emergency Declaration COVID-19 September 8, 2020

WHEREAS, Novel Coronavirus Disease 2019, commonly known as COVID-19, a respiratory disease that can result in serious illness or death, is caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which is a new strain of coronavirus that had not been previously identified in humans and can easily spread from person to person; and

WHEREAS, on March 15, 2020, I declared under the authority given in Minnesota Statutes §12.29, that a local emergency exists within Saint Paul, effective March 15, 2020, with all the powers and responsibilities attending thereto as provided by Chapter 12, Minnesota Statute, and Saint Paul Legislative Code, Chapter 13; and

WHEREAS, on March 17, 2020, the Saint Paul City Council, in Res 20-550 approved that declaration and extended the emergency for ninety days, until June 15, 2020; and

WHEREAS, on June 8, 2020, I declared under the authority given in Minnesota Statutes §12.29, that the local emergency continued to exist within Saint Paul, effective March 15, 2020, with all the powers and responsibilities attending thereto as provided by Chapter 12, Minnesota Statute, and Saint Paul Legislative Code, Chapter 13; and

WHEREAS, on June 10, 2020, the Saint Paul City Council, in Res 20-874 approved that declaration and extended the emergency for ninety days, until September 8, 2020; and

WHEREAS, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to present an unprecedented and rapidly evolving challenge to our City. As of September 1, 2020, there have been 9,243 reported cases of COVID-19 in Ramsey County, and 298 deaths; and

WHEREAS, on March 13, 2020, Governor Walz issued Executive Order 20-01 and declared a peacetime emergency under Minnesota Statutes 2019, section 12.31, subdivision 2. On March 16, 2020, the Executive Council approved an extension of the peacetime emergency. After notifying the Legislature, on April 13, 2020, May 13, 2020, June 12, 2020, July 13, 2020, and August 12, 2020 Governor Walz issued additional Executive Orders extending the peacetime emergency which now expires on September 11, 2020; and

WHEREAS, during the COVID-19 peacetime emergency, I have exercised executive authority through more than ten Executive Orders to provide relief and further prepare our City for the COVID-19 Pandemic; and

WHEREAS, these Executive Orders remain in effect only as long as the emergency continues; and

WHEREAS, the National Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the Minnesota Department of Public Health continue to recommend social distancing, source-control and cleaning measures, detailed plans for businesses, and that any individual with confirmed COVID-19 should remain under home isolation precautions until the risk of secondary transmission to others is thought to be low; and WHEREAS, during this pandemic, it is possible that individuals who are not diagnosed with COVID-19 will be placed in quarantine to control or prevent further spread of COVID-19; and

WHEREAS, the necessary resources to respond to and recover from this pandemic will exceed those resources available within the City, and additional resources will be needed from Ramsey County, and state and federal sources;

NOW, THEREFORE, MAYOR MELVIN CARTER Ill, OF THE CITY OF SAINT PAUL DECLARES, REQUESTS, AND DIRECTS AS FOLLOWS:

  1. Under the authority given in Minnesota Statutes §12.29, declares that a local emergency continues to exist within Saint Paul, on September 8, 2020, with all the powers and responsibilities attending thereto as provided by Chapter 12, Minnesota Statute, and Saint Paul Legislative Code, Chapter 13.
  2. Directs City departments to review ordinance and regulatory requirements, operations, civil and legal proceedings, events, and resources that can and should be adjusted or suspended, or to enact emergency regulations to support the residents of Saint Paul during the pandemic.
  3. Directs the Saint Paul Director of Emergency Management to request and coordinate appropriate aid and resources from surrounding jurisdictions, the Ramsey County Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, and the State of Minnesota, as needed.
  4. Declares, under Minn. Stat.§ 13D.021, that in-person meetings of the City Council and other public bodies under the Mayor's jurisdiction are not practical or prudent because of the COVID-19 health pandemic and the emergency declared under Minn. Stat. Chapter 12 by Governor Walz.
  5. Requests the City Council convene at its earliest convenience to discuss the situation and this declaration. This state of local emergency may not be continued for a period in excess of three days except by or with the consent of the Council of the City of Saint Paul.
  6. Orders that this declaration be given prompt and general publicity and that it be filed promptly by the City Clerk.

Executive Order September 16, 2020, 2020-26

EMERGENCY EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-26

I, Melvin Carter III, Mayor of the City of Saint Paul, on September 16, 2020, pursuant to Saint Paul Legislative Code Section 13.06, do hereby issue the following Executive Order:

WHEREAS, on March 13, 2020, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz issued Executive Order 20-01 declaring a Peacetime Emergency and coordinating Minnesota’s strategy to protect Minnesotans from COVID-19 pursuant to Minn. Stat. § 12.31, subd. 2. This Declaration has been extended and remains in effect; and

WHEREAS, on March 15, 2020, I issued an Emergency Declaration in response to the COVID- 19 pandemic pursuant to Minn. Stat. § 12.29, which the City Council consented to on March 17, 2020, and which I have twice extended, and such extensions were approved by the City Council on June 10, 2020, and September 9, 2020; and

WHEREAS, on March 25, 2020, the United States Senate unanimously passed (96-0) the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act ("CARES Act"); and

WHEREAS, on March 27, 2020, the House of Representatives passed the CARES Act, and the bill was subsequently signed into law, thereby providing Economic Impact Payments to many American households; and

WHEREAS, the CARES Act also established and appropriated $150 billion to the Coronavirus Relief Fund (“Fund”), which was to be used to make payments to state and local governments; and

WHEREAS, according to guidance from the U.S. Department of the Treasury, local governments are authorized to expend CARES Act funds to provide emergency financial assistance to individuals and families directly impacted by a loss of income due to the COVID- 19 public health emergency; and

WHEREAS, the entire City of Saint Paul is currently responding to immediate effects of the public health emergency, in the form of employment loss, food shortages and housing hardships suffered by Saint Paul residents; and

WHEREAS, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, adults in households with children have been more likely to report permanent loss of employment, food shortages, and low confidence in their abilities to pay mortgage or rent; and

WHEREAS, a U.S. Census Bureau Household Pulse Survey conducted June 18-23, 2020, shows that households with children were more likely to use CARES Act Economic Impact Payments to pay for ongoing expenses—as opposed to saving or paying off debt—when compared to all households surveyed; and

WHEREAS, because households with children are more likely to spend direct financial assistance on expenses rather than saving or paying off debt, the Household Pulse Survey suggests that directing necessary financial assistance to these households will serve to stimulate the local economy; and

WHEREAS, according to the most recent U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey, 29% of Saint Paul households with babies (under one year of age) were living in poverty, and 32% of Saint Paul households with babies were enrolled in food stamps, compared with 22% of all Saint Paul residents, signaling that financial insecurity was disproportionally experienced among Saint Paul residents with babies prior to COVID-19, and is likely exacerbated by the COVID-19 public health emergency; and

WHEREAS, by using information provided by CollegeBound Saint Paul participants and CARES Act and other funding, the city is uniquely positioned to provide necessary financial assistance to low-income residents impacted by the COVID-19 public health emergency; and

WHEREAS, Saint Paul Leg. Code Chapter 13.06(b) provides that, “whenever necessary to meet an emergency . . . the mayor may by executive order promulgate regulations … for which adequate regulations have not been adopted . . . respecting the conduct of persons and the use of property during emergencies; the repair, maintenance and safeguarding of essential public services; emergency health, fire and safety regulations; and all other matters which are required to protect public safety, health and welfare in emergencies”; and

WHEREAS, providing guaranteed monthly income to randomly selected, low-income residents experiencing adverse financial consequences as a result of COVID-19 is a necessary and appropriate means of protecting the safety, health and welfare of these residents, while protecting the economic health of the city as a whole; and

WHEREAS, any low-income Saint Paul resident who is the parent or guardian of a CollegeBound Saint Paul beneficiary, and who is experiencing an adverse financial consequence as a result of COVID-19, will be considered for receipt of guaranteed income payments regardless of address, ward or neighborhood, and subject further to the requirements of this order;

NOW, THEREFORE, MAYOR MELVIN CARTER Ill, OF THE CITY OF SAINT PAUL DECLARES, REQUESTS, AND DIRECTS AS FOLLOWS:

  1. Declares that Executive Order 20-24 is hereby rescinded and replaced by this order.
  2. Directs the Office of Financial Empowerment (OFE) to develop and implement a program that provides payments in an amount not to exceed $500 in monthly guaranteed income to as many as 150 randomly selected Saint Paul residents, subject to the requirements of this Executive Order.
  3. Directs OFE to prepare an application for randomly selected residents, and further directs OFE to notify applicants that timely submission of the application does not ensure that they will receive guaranteed income payments, and that OFE may reject inaccurate or incomplete applications.
  4. Directs OFE to create eligibility criteria for guaranteed income program applicants, including that the applicant must:
    a. not hold public office in the City of Saint Paul or be a city employee; and
    b. be a low-income resident of Saint Paul; and b. be the parent or guardian of a CollegeBound Saint Paul beneficiary; and
    c. demonstrate a COVID-19-related adverse financial impact, such as:
    i. adverse financial consequences experienced by the applicant as a result of being quarantined, being furloughed or laid off, or having work hours reduced due to COVID-19; or
    ii. adverse financial consequences experienced by the applicant as a result of being unable to work due to the applicant’s COVID-19 diagnosis, or a spouse’s or dependent’s COVID-19 diagnosis; or
    iii. adverse financial consequences experienced by the applicant as a result of lack of childcare due to COVID-19; or
    iv. adverse financial consequences experienced as a result of closing or reducing hours of a business that the applicant owns or operates due to COVID-19; or
    v. other demonstrable adverse financial consequences experienced by the applicant due to COVID-19.
  5. Directs OFE to develop specific, income-based eligibility criteria to ensure that guaranteed income payments are directed to low-income Saint Paul residents.
  6. Directs OFE to review all applications for completeness and accuracy, and in order to determine whether applicants are eligible for guaranteed income payments. OFE is further directed to select recipients of guaranteed income payments from the pool of randomly selected and verified eligible Saint Paul residents.
  7. Directs OFE to provide up to 18 guaranteed income payments to randomly selected, verified eligible residents in an amount not to exceed $500 per month, excluding any CollegeBound Saint Paul incentive monies paid.
  8. Directs that OFE notify recipients that it may use any legal means to recapture payments made to recipients who are later deemed ineligible for the Program, or who violate any laws, rules or regulations governing the Program.
  9. Directs that OFE prepare a statistical and financial report that analyzes the impacts of guaranteed income payments on recipients and the City as a whole, including whether guaranteed income payments impact income volitivity, economic agency, and financial well-being, as well as the impact of guaranteed income payments combined with any CollegeBound Saint Paul incentives paid. OFE may enter into an agreement with a third-party to complete this study.

Pursuant to Chapter 13 of the Saint Paul Legislative Code, this Executive Order is in immediate effect upon my signature and, if not sooner rescinded or later extended, shall expire at the end of forty (40) days after its effective date or at the end of the declared local emergency to which it relates, whichever occurs first.


Executive Order September 22, 2020, 2020-27

EMERGENCY EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-27

I, Melvin Carter III, Mayor of the City of Saint Paul, on September 22, 2020, pursuant to Saint Paul Legislative Code Section 13.06, do hereby issue the following Executive Order:

WHERAS, on March 13, 2020, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz issued Executive Order 20-10 “Declaring a Peacetime Emergency and Coordinating Minnesota’s Strategy to Protect Minnesotans from COVID-19” pursuant to Minn. Stat. § 12.31, subd. 2. This Order has been extended several times and remains in effect; and

WHEREAS, on March 15, 2020, I issued an Emergency Declaration in response to the COVID- 19 pandemic pursuant to Minn. Stat. § 12.29, which the City Council consented to on March 17, 2020, and which I have twice extended, and such extensions were approved by the City Council on June 10, 2020, and September 9, 2020; and

WHEREAS, Saint Paul Leg. Code Chapter 13.06(b) provides that, “whenever necessary to meet an emergency … the mayor may by executive order promulgate regulations … for which adequate regulations have not been adopted … regarding the conduct of persons and the use of property during emergencies, and respecting all other matters which are required to protect public safety, health and welfare in emergencies”; and

WHEREAS, on March 16, 2020, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz issued Executive Order 20-04 which ordered the temporary closure of Minnesota restaurants and bars to dine-in customers and also ordered the temporary closure of places of public accommodation and amusement, including but not limited to: theatres, museums, fitness centers, and community clubs; and Bars, taverns, brew pubs, breweries, microbreweries, distilleries, wineries, tasting rooms, clubs, and other places of public accommodation that offer alcoholic beverages for on-premises consumption until April 10, 2020; and

WHEREAS, on March 25, Governor Walz signed Executive Order 20-20 directing Minnesotans to stay at home and allowed only essential workers to go to work. This order was extended until May 4, 2020; and

WHEREAS, on May 13, 2020, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz issued Executive Order 20-56 which directed the Commissioners of Health, Employment and Economic Development, and Labor and Industry to develop a phased plan to achieve the limited and safe reopening of bars, restaurants, and other places of public accommodation beginning June 1, 2020; and

WHEREAS, on May 20, 2020, the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development released industry guidance which will allow bars and restaurants to safely reopen on June 1, 2020; and

WHEREAS, on May 27, 2020, Governor Walz issued Executive Oder 20-63 that included regulations for outdoor service provided by restaurants, food courts, cafes, coffeehouses, bars, taverns, brewer taprooms, micro distiller cocktail rooms, farm wineries, craft wineries, cideries, golf courses, and other Places of Public Accommodation offering food or beverages (including alcoholic beverages) for on premises consumption; and

WHEREAS, on May 27, 2020 I issued Executive Order 2020-10 which eliminated certain City requirements to facilitate commercial uses of outdoor spaces; and

WHEREAS, on August 14, 2020, I extended Executive Order 2020-10, said order expires on September 22, 2020; and

WHEREAS, Saint Paul businesses remain impacted by the Governor’s Executive Orders and reduced business related to COVID-19; and

WHEREAS, the City aims to allow commercial uses of outdoor space in the public right-of-way for as long as possible, but also seeks to ensure that business furniture and other property is removed from the public right of way once the snow season has begun;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Melvin Carter, Mayor of the City of Saint Paul, hereby issue the following Executive Order.

  1. Executive Order 2020-10 is extended for an additional forty days with the following additional requirement for Temporary C-19 Right of Way Obstruction Permit holders under Executive Order 2020-10:
  2. All business furniture or other property that is in the public right of way must be immediately removed if any of the following occur:
    a. The City declares a snow emergency.
    b. The City receives more than 2 inches of snow or accumulated freezing rain within a 24-hour period, as reported by the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport weather station.
  3. All Temporary C-19 Obstruction Permits issued to will expire upon the first occurrence of 2(a) or (b), above, unless sooner rescinded by the City. Pursuant to Chapter 13 of the Saint Paul Legislative Code, this Executive Order will take effect on September 22, 2020 and, if not sooner rescinded or later extended, shall expire at the end of forty (40) days after its effective date or at the end of the declared local emergency to which it relates, whichever occurs first.

Executive Order October 5, 2020, 2020-28

EMERGENCY EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-28

I, Melvin Carter III, Mayor of the City of Saint Paul, on October 5, 2020, pursuant to Saint Paul Legislative Code Section 13.06, do hereby issue the following Executive Order:

On March 13, 2020, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz issued Executive Order 20-01 declaring a Peacetime Emergency and coordinating Minnesota’s strategy to protect Minnesotans from COVID- 19” pursuant to Minn. Stat. § 12.31, Subd. 2. This Declaration has been extended and remains in effect.

On March 15, 2020, I issued an Emergency Declaration in response to the COVID-19 pandemic” pursuant to Minn. Stat. § 12.29; which the City Council consented to on March 17, 2020, and which has been extended and remains in effect.

Saint Paul Leg. Code Chapter 13.06(b) provides that, “whenever necessary to meet an emergency … the mayor may by executive order promulgate regulations … for which adequate regulations have not been adopted … respecting the conduct of persons and the use of property during emergencies; the repair, maintenance and safeguarding of essential public services; emergency health, fire and safety regulations; and all other matters which are required to protect public safety, health and welfare in emergencies.”

During the course of the Declared Emergency, I have issued several Executive Orders, and the original basis for these orders has not changed:

  • Executive Order 2020-3 extending Emergency Pandemic Leave and allowance for negative accrual of ESST to non-union employees.
  • Executive Order 2020-4 allowing the City to treat “Alternative Care Sites” as medical facilities for purposes of the zoning code.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Melvin Carter III, Mayor of the City of Saint Paul, do hereby issue the following Emergency Executive Order:

The following Executive Orders are extended without amendment:

  • Executive Order 2020-3
  • Executive Order 2020-4

Pursuant to Chapter 13 of the Saint Paul Legislative Code, this Executive Order is in immediate effect upon my signature and, if not sooner rescinded or later extended, shall expire at the end of forty (40) days after its effective date or at the end of the declared local emergency to which it relates, whichever occurs first.


Executive Order October 8, 2020, 2020-29

EMERGENCY EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-29

SUSPENDING CERTAIN REQUIREMENTS OF THE ZONING CODE PERTANING TO CONSENT PETITIONS

I, Melvin Carter III, Mayor of the City of Saint Paul, on October 8, 2020, pursuant to Saint Paul Legislative Code Section 13.06, do hereby issue the following Executive Order:

On March 13, 2020, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz issued Executive Order 20-10 Declaring a Peacetime Emergency and Coordinating Minnesota’s Strategy to Protect Minnesotans from COVID-19” pursuant to Minn. Stat. § 12.31, Subd. 2.

On March 15, 2020, Saint Paul Mayor Melvin Carter issued an Emergency Declaration in response to the COVID-19 pandemic pursuant to Minn. Stat. § 12.29 and Leg. Code § 13.06(a) to which the City Council consented to on March 17, 2020 and which remains in effect having been duly extended.

The March 15, 2020 Emergency Declaration at Paragraph 2 directed City departments to review ordinance and regulatory requirements that can and should be adjusted or suspended, or to enact emergency regulations to support the residents of the City during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Planning Administrator, through the Director of the department of planning and economic development, in continuing response to the directive in the Emergency Declaration, has advised that certain City zoning ordinances require zoning permit applicants to first obtain the consent of owners of property located near the zoning applicant’s property in order for their zoning applications to be considered by the City. This zoning code requirement necessitates face-toface meetings and the exchange of documents between individuals.

In light of the continuing public health emergency created by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Planning Administrator recommends that the consent petition requirements under the City’s zoning ordinances be suspended in the interests of public health and safety during the emergency created by the COVID-19 pandemic as the Planning Administrator advises that notice of public hearings for these zoning applications will continue to be mailed to property owners within 350 of the subject property providing ample opportunity for these property owners near zoning project sites to indicate their consent to a zoning project during the public hearing process required for these zoning applications.

Leg. Code Chapter 13.06(b) provides, “whenever necessary to meet an emergency … for which adequate regulations have not been adopted … , the mayor may by executive order promulgate regulations … respecting … the use of property during emergencies . . . and all other matters which are required to protect public safety, health and welfare in emergencies.”

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Melvin Carter, Mayor of the City of Saint Paul, do hereby issue the following Emergency Executive Order:

  1. That the consent petition requirement under the following zoning ordinances are hereby suspended effectively immediately as of the date and time of execution of this Emergency Executive Order, the effect of which shall continue until as provided herein:
    A. Leg. Code § 62.109(a)(7)
    B. Leg. Code § 62.109(b)(6)
    C. Leg. Code § 62.109(d)(8)
    D. Leg. Code § 62.109(e)(5)
    E. Leg. Code § 65.121(b)
    F. Leg. Code § 65.132(e)
  2. Pursuant to Chapter 13 of the Saint Paul Legislative Code, this Executive Order is in immediate effect upon my signature and, if not sooner rescinded, shall expire at the end of forty (40) days after its effective date or at the end of the declared local emergency to which it relates, whichever occurs first.

Executive Order October 14, 2020, 2020-30

EMERGENCY EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-30

I, Melvin Carter III, Mayor of the City of Saint Paul, on October 14, 2020, pursuant to Saint Paul Legislative Code Section 13.06, do hereby issue the following Executive Order:

On March 13, 2020, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz issued Executive Order 20-01 declaring a Peacetime Emergency and coordinating Minnesota’s strategy to protect Minnesotans from COVID-19” pursuant to Minn. Stat. § 12.31, Subd. 2. This Declaration has been extended and remains in effect. ,p>On March 15, 2020, I issued an Emergency Declaration in response to the COVID-19 pandemic” pursuant to Minn. Stat. § 12.29; which the City Council consented to on March 17, 2020, and which I extended and such extension was approved by the City Council on June 10, 2020.

Saint Paul Leg. Code Chapter 13.06(b) provides that, “whenever necessary to meet an emergency … the mayor may by executive order promulgate regulations … for which adequate regulations have not been adopted … respecting the conduct of persons and the use of property during emergencies; the repair, maintenance and safeguarding of essential public services; emergency health, fire and safety regulations; and all other matters which are required to protect public safety, health and welfare in emergencies.” During the course of the Declared Emergency, I have issued several Executive Orders. Executive Order 2020-5 amended skyway hours to allow individuals with responsibility for a portion of the skyway system to close their portion of the skyway for which they are responsible at 7 p.m., provided that notice of the revised hours is posted in conspicuous locations.

Executive Oder 2020-5 was issued based on findings that:

  • Buildings and residences in downtown Saint Paul are connected by a robust skyway system which both allows downtown residents to move between buildings and provides downtown residents with access to essential businesses.
  • The hours of the skyway system are governed by Saint Paul Legislative Code §140.10 which sets the General Hours of Operation and requires that “all parts of the skyway system shall be open to the public every day between the hours of 6:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.”.
  • Compliance with the skyway hours of operation requires monitoring by both Saint Paul Police and building owners.
  • Allowing Downtown building owners to close their area of the skyway at 7:00 p.m. seven days a week will increase the number of officers available to patrol the streets, provide relief by reducing financial and staffing burdens on building owners, and assist in reducing the incidents of vandalism in the skyway system that are believed to be attributed to the decrease in use by the general population.

On August 21, 2020 I issued Emergency Executive order 2020-22 extending and amending Executive Order 2020-5 to allow skyway closure hours at 7:00 p.m. through Labor Day, but then allow closure 10:00 p.m. starting Labor Day. That order was based on the City’s Department of Safety and Inspections contact with the Skyway Governance Advisory Committee (“Committee”) regarding ongoing skyway hours. At that time, the Committee requested that the skyway closure option remain in place with a 7:00 p.m. closure until Labor Day, August 31, 2020, and then be extended to a 10:00 pm closure time.

After Executive Order 2020-22 was issued, the Department of Safety and Inspections engaged in further discussions with the Skyway Governance Committee as well as individual owners of downtown businesses and learned that several downtown hospitality businesses remain closed or with reduced hours and that several other businesses with office workers are still largely working remotely. The traffic in skyways remains very low and is not expected to increase significantly after Labor Day.

Therefore, the Skyway Governance Committee held a meeting and voted to ask the City to return to the 7:00 p.m. closing hours rather than extending those hours to 10:00 p.m. Keeping the closing hours at 7:00 pm. will continue to allow an increase in the number of officers available to patrol the streets, provide relief by reducing financial and staffing burdens on building owners, and assist in reducing the incidents of vandalism in the skyway system that are believed to be attributed to the decrease in use by the general population.

On September 4, 2020 I issued Executive Order 2020-25 which kept the skyway closing hours at 7:00 p.m. That Order expires October 14, 2020.

On September 29, 2020 The Skyway Governance Advisory Committee, BOMA and the St. Paul Downtown Alliance met and discussed skyway use and the 7:00 p.m. closing hours. Several downtown hospitality businesses remain closed or have reduced hours and several other businesses with office workers are still working remotely. Traffic in skyways remains low. Therefore, they are requesting that the skyway closing hours remain at 7:00 p.m.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Melvin Carter III, Mayor of the City of Saint Paul, do hereby issue the following Emergency Executive Order:

Section 140.10 (a) of the Saint Paul Legislative Code pertaining to the general hours of skyway operation is hereby amended during the current emergency to allow an individual with responsibility for a portion of the skyway system to close their portion of the skyway for which they are responsible at 7:00 p.m. provided that notice of the revised skyway hours are posted in conspicuous locations.

Pursuant to Chapter 13 of the Saint Paul Legislative Code, this Executive Order is in immediate effect upon my signature and, if not sooner rescinded or later extended, shall expire at the end of forty (40) days after its effective date or at the end of the declared local emergency to which it relates, whichever occurs first.