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

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

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

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

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.