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.


Executive Order October 26, 2020, 2020-31

EMERGENCY EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-31

I, Melvin Carter III, Mayor of the City of Saint Paul, on October 26, 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 have twice extended, and such extensions were approved by the City Council on June 10, 2020, and September 9, 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 issued Executive Order 2020-26, directing the Office of Financial Empowerment (OFE) to develop and implement a monthly guaranteed income program, which will expire before the end of the Declared Emergency.

Executive Order 2020-26 remains 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: Executive Order 2020-26 is 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 October 30, 2020, 2020-32

EMERGENCY EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-32

I, Melvin Carter III, Mayor of the City of Saint Paul, on October 30, 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 20-10 “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. 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 order. On May 17, 2020, Executive Order 20-48 expired; 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 and September 22, 2020, I extended Executive Order 2020-10, which is now set to expire on November 1, 2020; and

WHEREAS, when last extending Executive Order 2020-10, I placed new conditions on Temporary C-19 Right of Way Obstruction Permits, which aimed to allow permit holders to operate safely in the right-of-way for as long as possible, while seeking to ensure that business furniture and other property would be removed from the public right of way once the snow season began; and

WHEREAS, one such new condition was that Temporary C-19 Right of Way Obstruction Permits would expire upon the MSP Airport weather station recording more than 2 inches of snow within a 24-hour period, which accumulation did occur on October 20, 2020, triggering the expiration of Temporary C-19 Right of Way Obstruction Permits; and

WHEREAS, the new conditions did not affect standard Sidewalk Café Obstruction Permits, which the City issued to many businesses prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, which, by their own terms, are set to expire on October 31, 2020; and

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

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Melvin Carter, Mayor of the City of Saint Paul, hereby issue the following Executive Order. Executive Order 2020-10 is hereby extended, subject to the following amendments:

  1. All Temporary C-19 Right of Way Obstruction Permits that expired on October 20, 2020 are hereby reinstated.
  2. Temporary C-19 Right of Way Obstruction Permit holders and Sidewalk Café Obstruction Permit holders may continue to operate in City right-of-way until either one of the following, whichever occurs first: A. The declaration of a Snow Emergency; or B. Further notice from the City.
  3. Upon receiving notice of permit expiration or temporary suspension, permit holders must immediately remove from the right of way all business furniture and other property.
  4. The City will make every effort to notify permit holders by 3 PM on the day of the declared Snow Emergency, using e-mail addresses on file with the Department of Public Works. The City will not be responsible for damaged business furniture or other property that remains in the rightof- way during a Snow Emergency.

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 November 13, 2020, 2020-33

EMERGENCY EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-33

I, Melvin Carter III, Mayor of the City of Saint Paul, on November 13, 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 20-10 “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. 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 order. On May 17, 2020, Executive Order 20-48 expired; 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, September 22, 2020 and October 30, 2020, I signed Executive Orders which extended Executive Order 2020-10 subject to certain conditions, and

WHEREAS, Saint Paul businesses remain impacted by the Governor’s Executive Orders and reduced business related to COVID-19 and the need to find creative solutions to support Saint Paul businesses throughout the winter remains; and

WHEREAS, during the 2020 Regular Session of the Minnesota Legislature, the Minnesota Legislature enacted 2020 Laws of Minnesota, Chapter 103 – S.F. No 2130, Section 9 (“Special Law”) which allows the City of Saint Paul to create and issue an On-Sale Intoxicating Beverage Food Hall License; and

WHEREAS, the Keg and Case Market worked with the Legislature on this request for a Special Law; and

WHEREAS, the Special Law provided that, subject to requirements, this license type may allow service and consumption anywhere within the defined premises as long as consumption of licensed beverages sold by the license holder is within a food establishment area or common areas within the licensed premises; and

WHEREAS, the Special Law required the City of Saint Paul to comply in a timely manner with Minnesota Statutes Section 645.021, which required approval by resolution of a majority vote of all members of the governing body or unit; and

WHEREAS, the Council of the City of Saint Paul considered, adopted and approved the Special Law by RES 20-133 on October 7, 2020; and

WHEREAS, an amendment to Saint Paul Legislative Code Sections 409.03 and the addition of Saint Paul Legislative Code Section 409.32 is necessary to allow the City of Saint Paul to define, create and Issue On-Sale Intoxicating Beverage Food Hall Licenses; and

WHEREAS, under Saint Paul Legislative Code Provisions contained in Chapter 409 and City Charter Chapter 6, these amendments and additions would require notice, two Council Readings, a Public Hearing and another hearing before adoption; and

WHEREAS, after adoption, the changes allowing issuance of an On-Sale Intoxicating Beverage Food Hall License would not take effect and be in force until thirty (30) days following its passage, approval and publication; and

WHEREAS, this time delay may cause businesses like Keg and Case to close permanently; and

WHEREAS, allowing for the creation and issuance of the On-Sale Intoxicating Beverage Food Hall License will support Keg and Case and other businesses working to find creative solution to help them survive the COVID situation; and

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

  1. The Notice, Public Hearing and other requirements laid out in City Charter, Chapter 6 and Saint Paul Legislative Code Section 409, are waived to allow for the immediate creation of On-Sale Intoxicating Beverage Food Hall Licenses; and
  2. Saint Paul Legislative Code Section 409.03(a) (Exhibit A) is amended to include Food Halls in the list of establishments that the City of Saint Paul can issue on-sale intoxicating liquor licenses to; and
  3. Saint Paul Legislative Code Section 409.32 (Exhibit B) is hereby added to define and create an On-Sale Intoxicating Beverage Food Hall License; and
  4. The fee for On-Sale Intoxicating Beverage Food Hall License is waived while this Executive Order is in effect; and
  5. The Department of Safety and Inspections may issue an On-Sale Intoxicating Beverage Food Hall Licenses upon successful application by an applicant in order to provide immediate assistance to qualifying businesses wishing to utilize this license type; and
  6. 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 November 13, 2020, 2020-34

EMERGENCY EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-34

I, Melvin Carter III, Mayor of the City of Saint Paul, on November 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. 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 November 16, 2020, 2020-35

EMERGENCY EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-35

I, Melvin Carter III, Mayor of the City of Saint Paul, on November 16, 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. This Declaration has been extended and remains in effect.

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.”

During the course of the Declared Emergency, I have issued several Executive Orders. Executive Order 2020-29 suspended certain requirements of the zoning code pertaining to consent petitions. The basis for that order continues to exist and, in fact, the spread of COVID-19 has worsened significantly since the issuance of that order. Executive Order 2020-29 expires on November 17, 2020.

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

Emergency Executive Order 2020-29 is hereby extended in its entirety.

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 November 21, 2020, 2020-36

EMERGENCY EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-36

I, Melvin Carter III, Mayor of the City of Saint Paul, on November 21, 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.

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

On October 14, 2020 I issued Executive Order 2020-30 which extended Executive Order 2020-25 and kept the skyway closing hours at 7:00 p.m.

On November 10, 2020, Governor Walz issued Executive Order 20-99 which further restricted bar and restaurant hours as well as social gatherings due to the upward trend of COVID-19 cases.

On November 10, 2020, the Chair of the Skyway Governance Advisory Committee, the President of Greater Saint Paul BOMA and the President of the St. Paul Downtown Alliance met and discussed skyway use and the 7:00 p.m. closing hours. With the restrictions on the hospitality industry outlined in Governor Walz Executive Order 20-96 and the upward trend of COVID-19 cases, several downtown hospitality businesses will remain closed or have reduced hours. Several other businesses’ office workers will continue to work 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.


Executive Order November 25, 2020, 2020-38

EMERGENCY EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-38

I, Melvin Carter III, Mayor of the City of Saint Paul, on November 25, 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. This Declaration has been extended and remains in effect.

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. This Declaration 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; …emergency health, fire and safety regulations; …and all other matters which are required to protect public safety, health and welfare in emergencies”.

The number of people experiencing unsheltered homelessness has steadily increased during the COVID-19 pandemic due to reduced shelter space, increased unemployment, and other economic factors. As of the date of this Executive Order, there are no available shelter beds for the approximately 300 people currently experiencing unsheltered homeless who are living outdoors in the City of Saint Paul.

As average daily temperatures drop, these individuals are at increasing risk of experiencing health and safety issues, including hypothermia, and other harm due to extreme cold weather. Even prior to the COVID Pandemic, according to the National Health Care for the Homeless Council, there is general consensus among public health officials, medical professionals and service providers that to reduce the incidence of hypothermia nationwide, local communities should implement effective and timely strategies to address the needs of vulnerable populations, including creating temporary homeless shelters and extending the hours of operation for existing shelters. Further, the NHCH explains that people experiencing homelessness have a much higher risk than the general population of developing exposure-related conditions such as hypothermia and frostbite. These conditions can be immediately life threatening and may also increase the risk of dying from unrelated conditions in the future. Increased homeless services, especially additional shelter availability, are necessary to accommodate the amplified need in the winter. This is especially true in the midst of an escalating global pandemic.

Due in part to the escalating homelessness crisis, the number of injuries caused by exposure to extreme cold have risen dramatically in the past 20 years. Risk factors include inadequate clothing, malnutrition, advanced age, substance abuse, social isolation, and mental illness—many of which are common among people who are homeless, a population that is already at a much greater risk for illness than housed people. Even in non-extreme cold, hypothermia can be fatal. During a 10-year period, from 2003 to 2013, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recorded more than 13,400 deaths from exposure to unsafe temperatures. Mild hypothermia sets in as one's body temperature dips below 95 degrees Fahrenheit, at which point it's considered a medical emergency.

The City is actively working to facilitate the opening of additional low or no barrier emergency shelters in the City to minimize the risks of cold weather exposure to unsheltered individuals during the time where there is a lack of capacity in current shelter options due to COVID-19 restrictions. The City is working to establish low or no barrier shelters that will provide indoor sleeping space for up to one hundred (100) adults. The opening of these low or no barrier emergency shelters is intended to be temporary, while other shelter space is established.

The Saint Paul Zoning Code (the “code”) permits only those uses specified under the code. The code allows permitted uses only in the zoning districts specified. A “homeless shelter” is not a specified use under the code and is therefore not a permitted use. The code’s functional equivalents of specified uses that could encompass a homeless shelter are “overnight shelters” (Leg. Code § 65.157) and “supportive housing facilities” (Leg. Code § 65.162).

An overnight shelter is a use where people “receive overnight shelter but are not expected or permitted to remain on a 24-hour-per-day basis.” Id. at Leg. Code 65.157. The standards and conditions under Leg. Code § 65.162:
a. The facility shall be a minimum distance of 1,320 feet from any other of the following congregate living facilities with more than four (4) adult residents, except in B5-B5 business districts where it shall be at least six hundred (600) feet from any other such facility: supportive housing facility, licensed correctional community residential facility, emergency housing facility, shelter for battered persons, or overnight shelter.
b. In residential, T1 traditional neighborhood and F1 Ford districts, a conditional use permit is required for facilities serving seven (7) or more facility residents.
c. In residential and T1 traditional neighborhood districts, facilities serving seventeen (17) or more facility residents shall have a minimum lot area of 5,000 square feet plus 1,000 square feet for each guest room in excess of six (6) guest rooms.

These above-outlined restrictions and other requirements of the Saint Paul Zoning Code do not allow for facilities to house the people experiencing unsheltered homelessness on an emergency basis to be opened on the timeline and locations necessary to serve the urgent need facing unsheltered homeless population.

Saint Paul Administrative Code requires that the City Council authorize all contracts. St. Paul Admin. Code § 86.01(a). Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, the Council cannot approve a management agreement for the use of City property an emergency overnight shelter until December 2, 2020. It is the intent of the City to have at least one emergency overnight shelter open before December 2, 2020.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Melvin Carter, Mayor of the City of Saint Paul, do hereby issue the following Emergency Executive Order: I hereby waive all requirements of the Saint Paul Zoning Code to allow for the establishment and opening of emergency cold weather shelters (“emergency shelters”) in City-owned property to serve people experiencing unsheltered homelessness in the City of Saint Paul.

I also waive the requirements of Saint Paul Administrative Code Section 86.01 requiring Council approval prior to execution of an agreement to operate an Overnight Emergency Shelter, and will submit any such Agreement to the Council at the next-scheduled Council hearing.

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 November 30, 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 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; 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, on September 8, 2020, I declared under the authority given in Minnesota Statutes §12.29, that the local emergency continued to exist within Saint Paul, effective 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; and

WHEREAS, on September 9, 2020 the Saint Paul City Council, in Res 20-1249 approved that declaration and extended the emergency for ninety days, until December 8, 2020; and

WHEREAS, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to present an unprecedented and rapidly evolving challenge to our City. As of November 23, 2020, there have been 270,157 reported cases of COVID-19 in Minnesota, and 3,241 deaths; and

WHEREAS, on November 18, 2020, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz issued Executive Order 20-99 Implementing a Four Week Dial Back on Certain Activities to Slow the Spread of COVID-19; and

WHEREAS, in EO 20-99, Governor Walz explained that the spread of COVID-19 in Minnesota is quickening, detailing that it took Minnesota over 6 months to record 100,000 COVID-19 cases, but only 42 days to add an additional 100,000 new cases and that with each day the new cases sets a new highpoint; and

WHEREAS, during the COVID-19 peacetime emergency, I have exercised executive authority through more than 30 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 November 30, 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 December 4, 2020, 2020-39

EMERGENCY EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-39

I, Melvin Carter III, Mayor of the City of Saint Paul, on December 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 have extended on three occasions, with such extensions being approved by the City Council on June 10, 2020, and September 9, 2020, and December 2, 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 issued Executive Order 2020-26, directing the Office of Financial Empowerment (OFE) to develop and implement a monthly guaranteed income program. I extended this Order by Executive Order 2020-31 on October 26, 2020, and it will expire before the end of the Declared Emergency.

Executive Order 2020-26 remains 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: Executive Order 2020-26 is again 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 December 4, 2020, 2020-40

EMERGENCY EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-40

I, Melvin Carter III, Mayor of the City of Saint Paul, on December 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 20-10 Declaring a Peacetime Emergency and Coordinating Minnesota’s Strategy to Protect Minnesotans from COVID-19” pursuant to Minn. Stat. § 12.31, Subd. 2. This Declaration has been extended and remains in effect.

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. This Declaration 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 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 April 24, 2020, 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, I signed Emergency Executive Order 2020-08 which provided a 25% one-time reduction for license types listed in the order and 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 was before August 1, 2020.

On November 18, 2020 Minnesota Governor Tim Walz issued Executive Order 20-99 which ordered the temporary closure of Minnesota restaurants, food courts, cafes, coffeehouses, bars, taverns, breweries, microbreweries, distilleries, brewer taprooms, micro distiller cocktail rooms, tasting rooms, wineries, cideries, clubhouses, dining clubs, tobacco product shops, hookah bars, cigar bars, vaping lounges, and other Places of Public Accommodation (as defined the EO 20-99) offering food, beverages (including alcoholic beverages), or tobacco products for on-premises consumption to ingress, egress, use, and occupancy by members of the public. Such establishments are encouraged to offer food and beverage using delivery services, window service, walk-up service, drive-through service, or drive-up service. EO 20-99 also ordered the temporary closure of public pools, gymnasiums, fitness centers, recreation centers, indoor sports facilities, indoor climbing facilities, trampoline parks, indoor and outdoor exercise facilities, martial arts facilities, dance and exercise studios, venues providing indoor events and entertainment (such as theaters, cinemas, concert halls, festivals, fairs, vendor fairs, museums, performance venues, stadiums, arcades, and bowling alleys), venues providing outdoor events and entertainment (such as racetracks, paintball, go-karts, mini-golf, performance venues, festivals, fairs, vendor fairs, and amusement parks). These temporary closures are to be effective until December 18, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.

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 Saint Paul businesses who have been impacted by the Governor’s Executive Orders hold business licenses which must be renewed annually. License renewal requires that license holders pay fees. Presently, license holders who, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, are not presently engaged in a certain licensed activity cannot request that their license be held in an inactive status. An impacted license holder who fails to pay license fees or renew a license is subject to adverse action and license suspension. An impacted license holder who cancels their license in order to conserve resources will need to go through the license application process, which includes public notice when they wish to begin the licensed activity again. Providing the opportunity for an impacted license holder to request that their license renewal and license renewal fees be held until they are again able to utilize the impacted license will assist in their recovery.

On November 21, 2020 I signed Emergency Executive Order 2020-37 which stated that upon the request of an impacted license holder attesting that the licensed business will not be in operation during the temporary closure, the Department of Safety and Inspections may place the impacted license into an inactive status. The license will remain in the inactive status and the business may not be in operation until the expiration of the closure ordered under Governor Walz Emergency Executive Order 20-99 or such time as the impacted license holder requests that the license be reinstated, whichever occurs first.

There is a benefit to license holders to allow them to extend their ability to place impacted licenses into an inactive status until Emergency Executive order 20-10, issued by Minnesota Governor Tim Walz, expires, is rescinded or such time as the impacted license holder requests that the license be reinstated, whichever occurs first.

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

Emergency Executive Order 2020-37 is rescinded.

Upon the request of an impacted license holder attesting that the a particular license held by a licensed business will not be in use during the course of Executive Order 20-10 issued by Minnesota Governor Tim Walz Declaring a Peacetime Emergency, the Department of Safety and Inspections may place the impacted license into an inactive status. The license will remain in the inactive status and the activity allowed by the license may not be engaged in by the licensee until the expiration of the Peacetime Emergency declared by Governor Walz Emergency under Executive order 20-10 or such time as the impacted license holder requests that the license be reinstated, whichever occurs first.

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)
  • Theaters and Movie Theaters
  • Wine On Sale

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 December 9, 2020, 2020-41

EMERGENCY EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-41

I, Melvin Carter III, Mayor of the City of Saint Paul, on December 9, 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 20-10 “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 extended on three occasions, with such extensions being approved by the City Council on June 10, 2020, and September 9, 2020, and December 2, 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. 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 order. On May 17, 2020, Executive Order 20-48 expired; 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, September 22, 2020, and October 1, 2020, I extended Executive Order 2020-10, which is now set to expire on December 9, 2020; and

WHEREAS, Executive Order 2020-10, as amended, placed conditions on Temporary C-19 Right of Way Obstruction Permits that aimed to allow permit holders to operate safely in the right-of-way for as long as possible, while seeking to ensure that business furniture and other property would be removed from the public right of way once the snow season began; and

WHEREAS, amended Executive Order 2020-10 authorized Temporary C-19 Right of Way Obstruction Permit holders and Sidewalk Café Obstruction Permit holders to continue to operate in City right-of-way until further notice from the City or the declaration of a Snow Emergency, whichever occurred first; and

WHEREAS, on November 18, 2020, Governor Walz issued Executive Order 20-99, which paused all food and beverage service for all onsite consumption, whether indoors or outdoors, beginning Friday, Nov. 20, 2020 and through Friday, Dec. 18, 2020, at 11:59 p.m; and

WHEREAS, the Governor’s Executive Order 20-99 remains in effect and supersedes Executive Order 2020-10, which is the Order I issued, amended, and have extended to present day; and

WHEREAS, Saint Paul businesses remain impacted by the Governor’s Executive Order 20-99 and reduced business related to COVID-19.

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

Executive Order 2020-10 is hereby extended, subject to the Governor’s Executive Order 20-99 and any other local, state or federal law impacting food and beverage service for onsite consumption.

For the avoidance of doubt, City of Saint Paul businesses remain subject to the Governor’s Executive Order 20-99, which pauses all food and beverage service for all onsite consumption, whether indoors or outdoors.

Should the Governor authorize onsite consumption in the future, businesses may re-establish indoor and outdoor dining subject to the permit requirements listed in the City’s Executive Order 2020-10 as amended, and any other restrictions imposed by local, state or federal 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 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 December 23, 2020, 2020-42

EMERGENCY EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-42

I, Melvin Carter III, Mayor of the City of Saint Paul, on December 23, 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.
  • Executive Order 2020-33 Creating and Regulating On-Sale Intoxicating Beverage Food Hall Licenses

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 2020-33

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 December 23, 2020, 2020-43

EMERGENCY EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-43

I, Melvin Carter III, Mayor of the City of Saint Paul, on December 23, 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 2020-29 suspending certain requirements of the zoning code pertaining to consent petitions

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 2020-29

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 December 29, 2020, 2020-44

EMERGENCY EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-44

I, Melvin Carter III, Mayor of the City of Saint Paul, on December 29, 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 This emergency 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 on three occasions, with such extensions being approved by the City Council on June 10, 2020, and September 9, 2020, and December 2, 2020.

My March 15, 2020 Emergency Declaration 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.

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 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.

On November 18, 2020, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz issued Executive Order 20-99 which closed restaurants, food courts, cafes, coffeehouses, bars, taverns, breweries, microbreweries, distilleries, brewer taprooms, micro distiller cocktail rooms, tasting rooms, wineries, cideries, clubhouses, dining clubs, tobacco product shops, hookah bars, cigar bars, vaping lounges, and other Places of Public Accommodation offering food, beverages (including alcoholic beverages)…to ingress, egress, use, and occupancy by members except for take-out dining options and on and on December 16, 2020 Minnesota Governor Tim Walz issued Executive Order 20-103 which extended Order 20-99 with modification to allow for outdoor dining but still prevents indoor dining.

The issue of PFAS in compostable food packaging became a significant regional conversation and challenge as many of the molded fiber compostable products currently on the market experienced changes to their third-party certification through BPI on January 1, 2020. The market uncertainty of available compostable options resulted in winter delays for scheduling Packaging Resources Fairs.

In March, the start of the COVID pandemic placed excessive demands and uncertainties on businesses. This was compounded by incidents of civil unrest incidents of property damage.

Food and beverage related businesses (those most impacted by the new Sustainable Food Packaging ordinance) were required to close and/or dramatically and repeatedly change their business operations as required by various Government and Mayor Executive Orders.

In addition, COVID related restrictions on social gatherings prevented many types of in person resources fairs that were planned. Subsequently, efforts to conduct Food Packaging Fairs were put on hold until 1) businesses are able to focus on changing out their food packaging to meet the ordinance and 2) gathering restrictions are changed to accommodate packaging resource fairs.

Studies have shown that this pandemic will likely force many businesses to close permanently; and many employees at these businesses have been affected severely. Many have lost their jobs or had their hours reduced, leaving the businesses with less capacity to implement the required changes.

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. Delaying the effective date of the Ordinance until January 1, 2022 may assist the affected businesses in the survival and recovery process. It is my intention to assist food establishments in their recovery.

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

The effective date of Saint Paul Legislative Code Chapter 236 is delayed from January 1, 2020 for as long as this Emergency Executive Order, and any extensions of this order, remain in effect.

I request that the Saint Paul City Council take immediate action by Ordinance to delay the effective date of Saint Paul Legislative Code Chapter 236 until January 1, 2022 so all impacted businesses will be given an additional year to comply with the provisions of Saint Paul Legislative Code Chapter 236.

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 December 30, 2020, 2020-45

EMERGENCY EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-45

I, Melvin Carter III, Mayor of the City of Saint Paul, on December 30, 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 2020-5 allowing skyways to close 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:

The following Executive Orders are extended without amendment:

  • 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 December 30, 2020, 2020-46

EMERGENCY EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-46

I, Melvin Carter III, Mayor of the City of Saint Paul, on December 30, 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 2020-37 allowing inactive business licenses.

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 2020-37

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 January 4, 2021, 2021-1

EMERGENCY EXECUTIVE ORDER 2021-1

I, Melvin Carter III, Mayor of the City of Saint Paul, on January 4, 2021, 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 including:

  • Executive Order 2020-40 allowing inactive business licenses and rescinding Executive Order 2020-37.

On December 30, 2020, I signed Executive Order 2020-46, which due to a scriveners error mistakenly extended Executive Order 2020-37 instead of Executive Order 2020-40.

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

The following Executive Order is rescinded: Executive Order 2020-46.

The following Executive Order is extended: Executive Order 2020-40.

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 January 4, 2021, 2021-2

EMERGENCY EXECUTIVE ORDER 2021-2

I, Melvin Carter III, Mayor of the City of Saint Paul, on January 4, 2021, 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 2020-38 waiving zoning regulations for emergency overnight shelters on city property

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 2020-38

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 January 7, 2021, 2021-3

EMERGENCY EXECUTIVE ORDER 2021-3

I, Melvin Carter III, Mayor of the City of Saint Paul, on January 7, 2021, 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. This Declaration has been extended and remains in effect.

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. This Declaration 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 …all other matters which are required to protect public safety, health and welfare in emergencies.

The COVID-19 pandemic and resultant local and state emergency regulations and executive orders continue to restrict the operational options and capacities of Food Establishments within the city, thereby increasing the need for take-out meal services. The necessary public health operating restrictions within the city have had severe and ongoing financial impacts on all food service establishments within the city. While some restaurants may receive take-out orders directly, there are many Third-party Food Delivery Platforms and other services that operate through websites and/or mobile phone applications used by consumers to quickly and easily order pick-up and delivery meals from local restaurants. In many instances the Third-party Food Delivery Platforms and services, without the local restaurant’s knowledge or consent, will purport to sell meals from the local restaurant to consumers, and sometimes charge exorbitant fees to the already struggling local restaurants during the time of the declared emergency and the operational restrictions attendant thereto. The fees charged by a Third-party Food Delivery Platform should be capped for the period that the local public health emergency results in necessary restrictions on the operations of Food Establishments to avoid further harm to such valuable and important establishments in the city.

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

  1. A Third-party Food Delivery Platform shall not perform any service for or disclose any information about a Food Establishment without the consent of the Food Establishment.
  2. A Third-party Food Delivery Platform shall not charge any additional fee to a Food Establishment that the Food Establishment has not voluntarily agreed to pay.
  3. No person shall cause a Third-party Food Delivery Platform to charge a Food Establishment a commission fee for the use of the platform's services for delivery or pick-up that exceeds fifteen percent (15%) of the purchase price per Online or Telephone order. The provisions of this emergency executive order shall not limit the ability of any Food Establishment to choose to pay a higher commission or supplemental fee to access additional advertising or other products and services offered by any Third-party Food Delivery Platform.
  4. No person shall cause a Third-party Food Delivery Platform to reduce the compensation rate paid to a delivery service driver or garnish gratuities in order to comply with the terms of this emergency executive order.
  5. At the time a final price is disclosed to a customer for the intended purchase and delivery of food from a Food Establishment through a Third-party Food Delivery Platform and before that transaction is completed by the customer, the Third-party Food Delivery Platform shall disclose to the customer, in plain language and in a conspicuous manner, any commission, fee, or any other monetary payment charged to the customer by the Third-party Food Delivery Platform.
  6. After a transaction occurs for the purchase and delivery of food from a Food Establishment through a Third-party Food Delivery Platform, the Third-party Food Delivery Platform shall provide an electronic or printed receipt to the customer. The receipt shall disclose, in plain and simple language and in a conspicuous manner: (i) the menu price of the food; (ii) any sales or other tax applied to the transaction; (iii) any delivery charge or service fee, imposed on and collected from the customer by the Third-party Food Delivery Platform and by the Food Establishment, in addition to the menu price of the food; (iv) any tip/gratuity that will be paid to the person delivering the food, and not to the Third-party Food Delivery Platform, that was added into the transaction when it occurred, and (v) any commission associated with the transaction as referenced in paragraph 3 of this emergency executive order, not including any agreed-upon higher commission or fee for access to additional advertising or other products or services.
  7. No Third-party Food Delivery Platform may charge any fee from a Food Establishment for a Telephone order or other service if a telephone call between such Food Establishment and a customer does not result in an actual transaction during such telephone call.
  8. Subject to any rules, regulations, or guidance that may be issued by the Department of Safety and Inspections, any Food Establishment may submit a complaint of a violation of this section to the Department of Safety and Inspections. Any such complaint shall be made in writing to the Department of Safety and Inspections, shall provide authorization for the Third-party Food Delivery Platform to divulge a record or other information about a subscriber or customer to the city and shall include all information relied upon by the Food Establishment.
  9. The Department of Safety and Inspections shall investigate written complaints, shall notify any Third-party Food Delivery Platform alleged to have violated this emergency regulation of any complaint, Third-party Food Delivery Platforms must maintain books and records sufficient for the Department of Safety and Inspections to conduct an investigation and issue an assessment. Such books and records must be made available to the Department of Safety and Inspections upon demand.
  10. For purposes of this emergency executive order, the continuation of a violation shall be a separate violation for each day the Department of Safety and Inspections determines a Third-party Food Delivery Platform has violated this emergency executive order. The Department of Safety and Inspections shall be authorized to enforce the terms of this emergency executive order through the issuance of written notices and warnings and/or any other legal or equitable relief authorized by law.

Definitions:

  1. "Food Establishment" means a retail operation that prepares, serves, or otherwise provides food or food and beverages, for human consumption, including but not limited to restaurants.
  2. "Department of Safety and Inspections" means the Department of Safety and Inspections.
  3. "Online order" means an order placed by a customer through a platform provided by the Third-party Food Delivery Platform for delivery or pickup within the city.
  4. “Person” means and includes any person, firm, corporation, partnership, company, organization, agency, club or any group or association thereof. It shall also include any executor, administrator, trustee, receiver or other representative appointed by law.
  5. "Purchase price" means the menu price of an Online order, excluding taxes, gratuities, or any other fees that may make up the total cost to the customer of an Online order.
  6. "Telephone order" means an order placed by a customer to a Food Establishment through a telephone call forwarded by a call system provided by a Third-party Food Delivery Platform for delivery or pickup within the city.
  7. "Third-party Food Delivery Platform" means any person, website, mobile application, or other internet service that offers or arranges for the sale of food and beverages prepared by, and the same-day delivery or same-day pickup of food and beverages from, Food Establishments.

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 January 13, 2021, 2021-4

EMERGENCY EXECUTIVE ORDER 2021-4

I, Melvin Carter III, Mayor of the City of Saint Paul, on January 13, 2021, 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 2020-26 (guaranteed income)

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

The following Executive Order is extended without amendment:

  • Executive Order 2020-26

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 January 19, 2021, 2021-5

EMERGENCY EXECUTIVE ORDER 2021-5

I, Melvin Carter III, Mayor of the City of Saint Paul, on January 19, 2021, 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 20-10 “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 extended on several occasions; 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. 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 order. On May 17, 2020, Executive Order 20-48 expired; 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 this Order has since been amended several times; and

WHEREAS, Executive Order 2020-10, as amended, placed conditions on Temporary C-19 Right of Way Obstruction Permits that aimed to allow permit holders to operate safely in the right-of-way for as long as possible, while seeking to ensure that business furniture and other property would be removed from the public right of way once the snow season began; and

WHEREAS, amended Executive Order 2020-10 authorized Temporary C-19 Right of Way Obstruction Permit holders and Sidewalk Café Obstruction Permit holders to continue to operate in City right-of-way until further notice from the City or the declaration of a Snow Emergency, whichever occurred first; and

WHEREAS, on several occasions I have extended Executive Order 2020-10, with the most recent extension occurring on December 9, 2020; and

WHEREAS, since the most recent extension of Executive Order 2020-10, the City on December 23, 2020, declared a Snow Emergency, and Governor Walz subsequently issued Emergency Executive Order 21-01, reopening bars and restaurants to outdoor and indoor use, with certain restrictions; and

WHEREAS, Saint Paul businesses remain impacted by the Governor’s Executive Order 20-99 and reduced business related to COVID-19.

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

All Temporary C-19 Right of Way Obstruction Permits that expired on December 23, 2020 are hereby reinstated.

Executive Order 2020-10 is hereby extended, subject to the Governor’s Executive Order 21-01 and any other local, state or federal law impacting food and beverage service for onsite consumption.

Temporary C-19 Right of Way Obstruction Permit holders and Sidewalk Café Obstruction Permit holders may continue to operate in City right-of-way until either one of the following, whichever occurs first:
A. The declaration of a Snow Emergency; or
B. Further notice from the City.

Upon receiving notice of permit expiration or temporary suspension, permit holders must immediately remove from the right of way all business furniture and other property. The City will make every effort to notify permit holders by 3 PM on the day of the declared Snow Emergency, using e-mail addresses on file with the Department of Public Works. The City will not be responsible for damaged business furniture or other property that remains in the right of way during a Snow Emergency.

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 February 1, 2021, 2021-6

EMERGENCY EXECUTIVE ORDER 2021-6

I, Melvin Carter III, Mayor of the City of Saint Paul, on February 1, 2021, 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 (Emergency Pandemic Leave)
  • Executive Order 2020-4 (Alternative Care Sites)
  • Executive Order 2020-29 (Waiving Signature Requirements for Zoning Petitions)
  • Executive Order 2020-33 (Food Halls)

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 (Emergency Pandemic Leave)
  • Executive Order 2020-4 (Alternative Care Sites)
  • Executive Order 2020-29 (Waiving Signature Requirements for Zoning Petitions)
  • Executive Order 2020-33 (Food Halls)

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 February 9, 2021, 2021-7

EMERGENCY EXECUTIVE ORDER 2021-7

I, Melvin Carter III, Mayor of the City of Saint Paul, on February 9, 2021, 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 2020-44 (delaying effective date for Plastic packaging § 236 leg. Code)
  • Executive Order 2020-5 (skyways 7 pm)

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 2020-44 (delaying effective date for Plastic packaging § 236 leg. Code)
  • Executive Order 2020-5 (skyways 7 pm)

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 February 16, 2021, 2021-8

EMERGENCY EXECUTIVE ORDER 2021-8

I, Melvin Carter III, Mayor of the City of Saint Paul, on February 16, 2021, 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 2021-3 (regulating third-party food platforms)

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 2021-3 (regulating third-party food platforms)

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 February 18, 2021, 2021-9

EMERGENCY EXECUTIVE ORDER 2021-9

I, Melvin Carter III, Mayor of the City of Saint Paul, on February 18, 2021, 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 2020-40 (inactive licenses)
  • Executive Order 2020-38 (waiver of zoning requirements for emergency shelters)

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 2020-40
  • Executive Order 2020-38

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 February 22, 2021, 2021-10

EMERGENCY EXECUTIVE ORDER 2021-10

I, Melvin Carter III, Mayor of the City of Saint Paul, on February 22, 2021, 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 2020-26 (guaranteed income)

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 2020-26

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 March 1, 2021

Extending City of Saint Paul Emergency Declaration COVID-19 March 1, 2021

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 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; 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, on September 8, 2020, I declared under the authority given in Minnesota Statutes §12.29, that the local emergency continued to exist within Saint Paul, effective 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; and

WHEREAS, on September 9, 2020 the Saint Paul City Council, in Res 20-1249 approved that declaration and extended the emergency for ninety days, until December 8, 2020; and

WHEREAS, on November 30, 2020, I declared under the authority given in Minnesota Statutes §12.29, that the local emergency continued to exist within Saint Paul, effective 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; and

WHEREAS, on December 2, 2020 the Saint Paul City Council, in Res 20-1652 approved that declaration and extended the emergency for ninety days, until March 2, 2021; and

WHEREAS, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to present an unprecedented and rapidly evolving challenge to our City. As of February 24, 2021, there have been 481,000 reported cases of COVID-19 in Minnesota, and 6,511 deaths; and

WHEREAS, during the COVID-19 peacetime emergency, I have exercised executive authority through more than 50 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 November 30, 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 March 1, 2021, 2021-11

EMERGENCY EXECUTIVE ORDER 2021-11

I, Melvin Carter III, Mayor of the City of Saint Paul, on March 1, 2021, 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 20-10 “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 extended on several occasions; 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. 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 order. On May 17, 2020, Executive Order 20-48 expired; 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 this Order has since been amended several times; and

WHEREAS, Executive Order 2020-10, as amended, placed conditions on Temporary C-19 Right of Way Obstruction Permits that aimed to allow permit holders to operate safely in the right-of-way for as long as possible, while seeking to ensure that business furniture and other property would be removed from the public right of way once the snow season began; and

WHEREAS, amended Executive Order 2020-10 authorized Temporary C-19 Right of Way Obstruction Permit holders and Sidewalk Café Obstruction Permit holders to continue to operate in City right-of-way until further notice from the City or the declaration of a Snow Emergency, whichever occurred first; and

WHEREAS, on several occasions I have extended Executive Order 2020-10 and amended that Order in Executive Order 2021-5; and

WHEREAS, Saint Paul businesses remain impacted by the Governor’s Executive Order 20-99 and reduced business related to COVID-19.

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

Executive Order 2020-10, as amended by Executive Order 2021-5 is 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 March 12, 2021, 2021-12

EMERGENCY EXECUTIVE ORDER 2021-12

I, Melvin Carter III, Mayor of the City of Saint Paul, on March 12, 2021, 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 (Emergency Pandemic Leave) 
  • Executive Order O 2020-4 (Alternative Care Sites) 
  • Executive Order 2020-29 (waiving signature requirements for zoning petitions) 
  • Executive Order 2020-33 (food halls) 

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 (Emergency Pandemic Leave) 
  • Executive Order O 2020-4 (Alternative Care Sites) 
  • Executive Order 2020-29 (waiving signature requirements for zoning petitions) 
  • Executive Order 2020-33 (food halls) 

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 March 21, 2021, 2021-13

EMERGENCY EXECUTIVE ORDER 2021-13

I, Melvin Carter III, Mayor of the City of Saint Paul, on March 21, 2021, 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 2020-44 delaying effective date for Plastic packaging § 236 leg. Code
  • Executive Order 2020-5 (skyways 7 pm)

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 2020-44 (delaying effective date for Plastic packaging § 236 leg. Code)
  • Executive Order 2020-5 (skyways 7 pm)

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 March 30, 2021, 2021-14

EMERGENCY EXECUTIVE ORDER 2021-14

I, Melvin Carter III, Mayor of the City of Saint Paul, on March 30, 2021, 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 2020-40 (inactive licenses)
  • Executive Order 2020-38 (waiver of zoning requirements for emergency shelters)
  • Executive Order 2021-3 (regulating third-party food platforms)

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 2020-40
  • Executive Order 2020-38
  • Executive Order 2021-3

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 2, 2021, 2021-15

EMERGENCY EXECUTIVE ORDER 2021-15

I, Melvin Carter III, Mayor of the City of Saint Paul, on April 2 2021, 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 2020-26 (guaranteed income)

On March 10, 2021, the Saint Paul City Council adopted Ordinance 21-10, Creating Chapter 223 of the Legislative Code relating to Guaranteed Income Program (Title XXIII). That Ordinance will take effect on April 22, 2021.

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 2020-26

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 on April 22, 2021, or at the end of the declared local emergency to which it relates, whichever occurs first.

 


Executive Order April 12, 2021, 2021-16

EMERGENCY EXECUTIVE ORDER 2021-16

I, Melvin Carter III, Mayor of the City of Saint Paul, on April 12, 2021, pursuant to Saint Paul Legislative Code Section 13.06, do hereby issue the following Executive Order:

On April 12, 2021, 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, 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. 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. Along University Avenue between Snelling and Lexington avenues, more than 70 businesses were hit, with more than a dozen sustaining serious fire damage. Four Minneapolis Police Officers were charged with murder and manslaughter for causing Mr. Floyd’s death. The first of those jury trials, Derek Chauvin is the defendant, is underway in Minneapolis causing heightened tension in the metropolitan area.

On the afternoon of Sunday, April 11, 2021, a Brooklyn Center police officer fatally shot Daunte Wright, a 20 year old black man, during a traffic stop, inflaming already raw tensions between police and community members in the midst of the Derek Chauvin trial. Approximately 500 protesters later walked to the Brooklyn Center police headquarters where protesters chanted Wright's name and climbed atop the police headquarters sign; and late Sunday night, Brooklyn Center police in riot gear used tear gas, flash bangs and rubber bullets on the crowd. National Guard troops arrived just before midnight as looters targeted the Brooklyn Center Walmart; and several businesses around the Walmart were completely destroyed, including Foot Locker, T Mobile, and a To New York men's clothing store. Looting was widespread late April 11 into early April 12, spilling into north and south Minneapolis including looting of stores in Uptown and along Lake Street. In Saint Paul overnight on April 11 and into April 12, 2021 there were arson fires, seven Saint Paul businesses were damaged and/or looted, and four individuals were arrested.

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.

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 AM to 12:00 AM”. 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 AM to 7 PM. Executive Order 2020-05 has been extended and remains in effect.

Temporarily closing the skyway system from 7:00 PM on April 12 until 6:00 AM on April 13, 2021 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:

  1. Night-time Curfew: effective April 12, 2021, a curfew is imposed in all public places within the City of Saint Paul between the hours of 7:00 PM and 6:00 AM.
     
  2. Skyway Closure: 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 7:00 PM on April 12, 2021 through 6:00 AM on April 13, 2021. 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.
     
  3. Travel Prohibited. During the curfew, all persons must not travel on any public street or in any public place.
     
  4. Exemptions. All law enforcement, fire and medical personnel, and members of the news media, as well as other persons 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.
     
  5. 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.
     

  6. Enforcement. 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 AM on April 13, 2021.


Executive Order April 13, 2021-17

EMERGENCY EXECUTIVE ORDER 2021-17

I, Melvin Carter III, Mayor of the City of Saint Paul, on April 13, 2021, pursuant to Saint Paul Legislative Code Section 13.06, do hereby issue the following Executive Order:

On April 12, 2021, 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, 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. 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. Along University Avenue between Snelling Avenue and Lexington Parkway, more than 70 businesses were hit, with more than a dozen sustaining serious fire damage. Four Minneapolis Police Officers were charged with murder and manslaughter for causing Mr. Floyd’s death. The first of those jury trials, Derek Chauvin is the defendant, is underway in Minneapolis causing heightened tension in the metropolitan area.

On the afternoon of Sunday, April 11, 2021, a Brooklyn Center police officer fatally shot Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old black man, during a traffic stop, inflaming already raw tensions between police and community members in the midst of the Derek Chauvin trial. Approximately 500 protesters later walked to the Brooklyn Center police headquarters where protesters chanted Wright's name and climbed atop the police headquarters sign; and late Sunday night, Brooklyn Center police in riot gear used tear gas, flash bangs and rubber bullets on the crowd. National Guard troops arrived just before midnight as looters targeted the Brooklyn Center Walmart; and several businesses around the Walmart were completely destroyed, including Foot Locker, T Mobile, and a To New York men's clothing store. Looting was widespread late April 11 into early April 12, spilling into north and south Minneapolis including looting of stores in Uptown and along Lake Street. In Saint Paul overnight on April 11 and into April 12, 2021 there were arson fires, seven Saint Paul businesses were damaged and/or looted, and four individuals were arrested.

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.

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 AM to 12:00 AM”. 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 AM to 7 PM. Executive Order 2020-05 has been extended and remains in effect.

Temporarily closing the skyway system from 10:00 PM on April 13 until 6:00 AM on April 14, 2021 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:

  1. Night-time Curfew: effective April 13, 2021, a curfew is imposed in all public places within the City of Saint Paul between the hours of 10:00 PM and 6:00 AM.
     
  2. Skyway Closure: 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 10:00 PM on April 13, 2021 through 6:00 AM on April 14, 2021. 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.
     
  3. Travel Prohibited. During the curfew, all persons must not travel on any public street or in any public place.
     
  4. Exemptions. All law enforcement, fire and medical personnel, and members of the news media, as well as other persons 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.
     
  5. 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.
     

  6. Enforcement. 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 AM on April 14, 2021.


Executive Order April 14, 2021-18

EMERGENCY EXECUTIVE ORDER 2021-18

I, Melvin Carter III, Mayor of the City of Saint Paul, on April 14, 2021, 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 20-10 “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 extended on several occasions; 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. 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 order. On May 17, 2020, Executive Order 20-48 expired; 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 this Order has since been amended several times; and

WHEREAS, Executive Order 2020-10, as amended, placed conditions on Temporary C-19 Right of Way Obstruction Permits that aimed to allow permit holders to operate safely in the right-of-way for as long as possible, while seeking to ensure that business furniture and other property would be removed from the public right of way once the snow season began; and

WHEREAS, amended Executive Order 2020-10 authorized Temporary C-19 Right of Way Obstruction Permit holders and Sidewalk Café Obstruction Permit holders to continue to operate in City right-of-way until further notice from the City or the declaration of a Snow Emergency, whichever occurred first; and

WHEREAS, on several occasions I have extended Executive Order 2020-10 and amended that Order in Executive Order 2021-5; and

WHEREAS, Saint Paul businesses remain impacted by the Governor’s Executive Order 20-99 and reduced business related to COVID-19.

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

Executive Order 2020-10, as amended by Executive Order 2021-5 is 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 27, 2021-19

EMERGENCY EXECUTIVE ORDER 2021-19

I, Melvin Carter III, Mayor of the City of Saint Paul, on April 27, 2021, 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 2020-40 (inactive licenses)
  • Executive Order 2020-38 (waiver of zoning requirements for emergency shelters)
  • Executive Order 2021-3 (regulating third-party food platforms)

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 2020-40
  • Executive Order 2020-38
  • Executive Order 2021-3

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 30, 2021-20

EMERGENCY EXECUTIVE ORDER 2021-20

I, Melvin Carter III, Mayor of the City of Saint Paul, on April 30, 2021, 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 2020-44 delaying effective date for Plastic packaging § 236 leg. Code
  • Executive Order 2020-5 (skyways 7 pm)

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 2020-44 (delaying effective date for Plastic packaging § 236 leg. Code)
  • Executive Order 2020-5 (skyways 7 pm)

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 14, 2021-21

EMERGENCY EXECUTIVE ORDER 2021-21

I, Melvin Carter III, Mayor of the City of Saint Paul, on May 21, 2021, 2021, 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. This Declaration has been extended and remains in effect.

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. This Declaration 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; …emergency health, fire and safety regulations; and all other matters which are required to protect public safety, health and welfare in emergencies”.

There continues to be community acquired COVID-19 cases in Saint Paul. Currently, just over 292,000 Ramsey County residents have received at least one vaccine dose, however, 32% of the population has not received any doses of the vaccine. While the COVID-19 testing positivity rate is trending down, the positivity rate in Ramsey County last week was 5% (up from a low in March of 2.3%), which remains an indicator that transmission is elevated and community mitigation measures are warranted to reduce transmission. The potential for community contact transmission is especially concerning for individuals who have not yet received a COVID-19 vaccine, and vulnerable populations who cannot receive a COVID-19 vaccine. While face 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.

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 indoors 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 indoors at all times when social distancing of at least 6 feet is not maintained, except for temporary removal of face covering when eating or drinking.
  3. All Businesses: Strongly encouraged to continue to require that all individuals wear a face covering indoors 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 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 24, 2021-22

EMERGENCY EXECUTIVE ORDER 2021-22

I, Melvin Carter III, Mayor of the City of Saint Paul, on May 24, 2021, 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 20-10 “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 extended on several occasions; 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. 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 order. On May 17, 2020, Executive Order 20-48 expired; 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 that allowed bars and restaurants to safely reopen on June 1, 2020, subject to certain restrictions; and

WHEREAS, on May 27, 2020, Governor Walz issued Executive Oder 20-63 that included restrictions 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 this Order has since been amended several times; and

WHEREAS, on several occasions I have extended and amended Executive Order 2020-10, the most recent amendment being Executive Order 2021-5 signed January 19, 2021; and

WHEREAS, on May 6, 2021, Governor Walz announced a three-step timeline to end nearly all state COVID-19 restrictions by May 28; and

WHEREAS, the Governor’s timeline removed state limits for outdoor dining as of May 7, 2021, and ended the state outdoor mask requirement except at large venues with over 500 people; and

WHEREAS, beginning May 27, 2021, at 11:59 p.m., the Governor’s timeline lifts all state capacity restrictions, party size limitations, and distancing requirements at restaurants and bars; and

WHEREAS, notwithstanding the Governor’s timeline to end nearly all of the state’s COVID-19 restrictions, Saint Paul businesses remain impacted by reduced business related to COVID-19; and

WHEREAS, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, more than 2 in 3 small businesses in Minnesota report at least a moderate negative impact on their business from the COVID-19 pandemic; and

WHEREAS, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, more than 4 in 10 Minnesota small business owners expect that it will be six months or more before their business returns to its normal level of operations; and

WHEREAS, even though the spread of COVID-19 has slowed and vaccinations are becoming widely available, the impact of COVID-19 pandemic will continue to be felt; and

WHEREAS, it remains necessary for the City to provide support to residents and businesses to ensure that Saint Paul recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic disaster;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Melvin Carter, Mayor of the City of Saint Paul, hereby issue the following 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) currently holding active Temporary C-19 Right of Way Obstruction Permits or Temporary C-19 Seasonal Outside Service Area licenses may continue to operate in the right-of-way, unless earlier notified by the City to cease operations.
     
  2. For the avoidance of doubt, and unless otherwise notified by the City, Establishments may operate outdoors in the City right of way without COVID-19-restrictions on capacity, party size, or distancing. All other local, state, and federal restrictions remain in place.
     
  3. Any Establishment that wishes to expand an existing outdoor service area or establish a new outdoor service area must, if applicable, 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. Permit and license holders must continue to comply with all local, state, and federal regulations, including industry guidance released by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, the Minnesota Department of Health, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
     
  6. While Saint Paul Executive Order 2021-21 in effect, bars and restaurants licensed by the City of Saint Paul must continue to require all individuals to wear a face covering indoors at all times when social distancing of at least 6 feet is not maintained, except for temporary removal of face covering when eating or drinking.
     
  7. Executive Order 2020-10, as amended by Executive Order 2021-5, is hereby rescinded and replaced by this order. 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, 2021-23

EMERGENCY EXECUTIVE ORDER 2021-23

I, Melvin Carter III, Mayor of the City of Saint Paul, on May 27, 2021, 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.

Buildings and residences in downtown Saint Paul are connected by a robust skyway system which 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.

On April 9, 2020 I issued Emergency Executive Order 2020-5 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. That order has been extended and was last extended on April 30, 2021 by Emergency Executive order 2021-20 extending Executive Order 2020-5 without amendment.

Based on the easing of COVID restrictions statewide, the fact that the spread of COVID-19 has slowed, and the wide availability of vaccines it is now time to consider easing back to regular skyway hours. I received input from the City’s Department of Safety and Inspections and a request from the Skyway Governance Advisory Committee that the skyway closure time remain at 7:00 p.m. until Memorial Day, May 31, 2021, and then be extended to a 10:00 pm until Labor Day or the end of the stated emergency.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Melvin Carter III, Mayor of the City of Saint Paul, do hereby issue the following Emergency Executive Order, which will take effect on May 31, 2021:

Executive Order is amended to adjust the skyway closure hours as follows:

  • Executive Order 2020-5 is rescinded and replaced with this order.
  • An individual with responsibility for a portion of the skyway system is permitted to close their portion of the skyway for which they are responsible no earlier than 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 effective on May 31, 2021 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 1, 2021

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 existed 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 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; 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, on September 8, 2020, I declared under the authority given in Minnesota Statutes §12.29, that the local emergency continued to exist within Saint Paul, effective 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; and

WHEREAS, on September 9, 2020 the Saint Paul City Council, in RES 20-1249 approved that declaration and extended the emergency for ninety days, until December 8, 2020; and

WHEREAS, on November 30, 2020, I declared under the authority given in Minnesota Statutes §12.29, that the local emergency continued to exist within Saint Paul, effective 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; and

WHEREAS, on December 2, 2020 the Saint Paul City Council, in RES 20-1652 approved that declaration and extended the emergency for ninety days, until March 2, 2021; and

WHEREAS, on March 1, 2021, I declared under the authority given in Minnesota Statutes §12.29, that the local emergency continued to exist within Saint Paul, effective 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; and

WHEREAS, on March 3, 2021, the Saint Paul City Council, in RES 21-326 approved that declaration and extended the emergency for ninety days, until June 1, 2021; and

WHEREAS, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to present unprecedented and rapidly evolving challenge to our City. As of May 21, 2021, there were 51,795 reported cases of COVID-19 in Ramsey County, and 855 COVID-19 related deaths; and

WHEREAS, even though the spread of COVID-19 has slowed, and vaccinations are becoming widely available, serious threats to health and safety of persons and other impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic continue to be felt in the City; and

WHEREAS, small businesses in metropolitan areas have been hit harder than those in rural areas. According to a report by the Office of Advocacy of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) The Effects Of The COVID-19 Pandemic On Small Businesses (released March 2, 2021), in April 2020, the number of people in metropolitan areas who were working and self-employed was 21 percent lower than in April 2019. Outside of those areas, the decline was only 13 percent. In subsequent months, the decline in metropolitan areas continued to exceed the decline outside of metropolitan areas; and

WHEREAS, according to the SBA report, supersectors with large shares of employment at small businesses before the pandemic experienced large decreases in employment. Leisure and hospitality had the largest decrease in employment, at 48 percent, and had the third largest small business share, at 61 percent; and

WHEREAS, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, more than 2 in 3 small businesses in Minnesota report at least a moderate negative impact on their business from the COVID-19 pandemic; and

WHEREAS, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, more than 4 in 10 Minnesota small business owners presently expect that it will be six months or more before their business returns to its normal level of operations; and

WHEREAS, according to a Pew Center survey published March 5, 2021, among those who say their financial situation has gotten worse during the pandemic, 44% think it will take them three years or more to get back to where they were a year ago – including about one-in-ten who don’t think their finances will ever recover. Also, about half of workers who personally lost wages during the pandemic (49%) are still earning less money than before the coronavirus outbreak started; and

WHEREAS, in addition to action necessary to safeguard the health and safety of Saint Paul citizens, it remains necessary for the City to provide support to individuals and businesses alike to ensure that Saint Paul recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic disaster; and

WHEREAS, during the COVID-19 peacetime emergency, I have exercised executive authority through more than 60 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 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 May 31, 2021, 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 June 2, 2021-24

EMERGENCY EXECUTIVE ORDER 2021-24

I, Melvin Carter III, Mayor of the City of Saint Paul, on June 2 2021, 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.

WHEREAS, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to present unprecedented and rapidly evolving challenge to our City. As of May 21, 2021, there were 51,795 reported cases of COVID-19 in Ramsey County, and 855 COVID-19 related deaths; and

WHEREAS, even though the spread of COVID-19 has slowed, and vaccinations are becoming widely available, serious threats to health and safety of persons and other impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic continue to be felt in the City; and

WHEREAS, businesses continue to suffer the economic impacts of the pandemic and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future; and

WHEREAS, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, more than 2 in 3 small businesses in Minnesota report at least a moderate negative impact on their business from the COVID-19 pandemic; and

WHEREAS, leisure and hospitality are some of the hardest hit sectors; and

WHEREAS, according to a Pew Center survey published March 5, 2021, among those who say their financial situation has gotten worse during the pandemic, 44% think it will take them three years or more to get back to where they were a year ago – including about one-in-ten who don’t think their finances will ever recover. Also, about half of workers who personally lost wages during the pandemic (49%) are still earning less money than before the coronavirus outbreak started; and

WHEREAS, in addition to action necessary to safeguard the health and safety of Saint Paul citizens, it remains necessary for the City to provide support to individuals and businesses alike to ensure that Saint Paul recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic disaster; and

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 2020-40 (inactive licenses)
  • Executive Order 2020-38 (waiver of zoning requirements for emergency shelters)
  • Executive Order 2021-3 (regulating third-party food platforms)

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 2020-40 (inactive licenses)
  • Executive Order 2020-38 (waiver of zoning requirements for emergency shelters)
  • Executive Order 2021-3 (regulating third-party food platforms)

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 2, 2021-25

EMERGENCY EXECUTIVE ORDER 2021-25

I, Melvin Carter III, Mayor of the City of Saint Paul, on June 2, 2021, pursuant to Saint Paul Legislative Code Section 13.06, do hereby issue the following Executive Order:

On May 21, 2021, pursuant to Saint Paul Legislative Code Section 13.06, I issued Executive Order 2021-21 ordering the following:

  1. Individuals at City-Controlled Property: Must wear a face covering indoors 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 indoors at all times when social distancing of at least 6 feet is not maintained, except for temporary removal of face covering when eating or drinking.
  3. All Businesses: Strongly encouraged to continue to require that all individuals wear a face covering indoors at all times when social distancing of at least 6 feet is not maintained.

Governor Tim Walz ended the statewide mask mandate on May 14, 2021 following updated CDC guidance that stated vaccinated people don't need to wear masks indoors unless in a few specific settings (such as healthcare).

At that time, in close consultation with Saint Paul-Ramsey County Public Health (SP-RCPH), the City of Saint Paul maintained the above-described mask mandate in order to continue evaluating the spread of COVID-19 by monitoring case rates, positivity rates, hospitalizations, and vaccination rates.

According to SP-RCPH, data available as of June 1, 2021 show that:

  1. Case rates, positivity rates, and hospitalizations continue to decline deeply.
  2. While we have not yet reached the SP-RCPH vaccination goal of 55% of residents ages 16 and older receiving at least one dose of a vaccine in every zip code, vaccination rates continue to increase and local public health officials anticipate that with our ongoing vaccination efforts the one remaining zip code in which we have not yet reached this target (55130 with 52% vaccination rate as of May 28) will meet this goal in the coming week.
  3. 70.6% of those eligible for the vaccine (12 and older) in Ramsey County have now received at least one dose.

These promising public health metric trends combined with ongoing efforts to increase vaccination rates across the City of Saint Paul with SP-RCPH demonstrate progress toward ending this pandemic.

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

Pursuant to Chapter 13 of the Saint Paul Legislative Code, I hereby rescind Executive order 2021-21, effective immediately.

All remaining and applicable executive orders and associated guidance issued by Ramsey County, the State of Minnesota and/or CDC relative to the wearing of face coverings continue to have full force and effect within the City of Saint Paul.


Executive Order June 9, 2021-26

EMERGENCY EXECUTIVE ORDER 2021-26

I, Melvin Carter III, Mayor of the City of Saint Paul, on June 9, 2021, 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 this order has not changed:

  • Executive Order 2020-44 delaying effective date for Plastic packaging § 236 leg. 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 Order is extended without amendment:

  • Executive Order 2020-44 (delaying effective date for Plastic packaging § 236 leg. Code)

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 17, 2021-27

EMERGENCY EXECUTIVE ORDER 2021-27

I, Melvin Carter III, Mayor of the City of Saint Paul, on June 17, 2021, 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.

WHEREAS, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to present unprecedented and rapidly evolving challenge to our City. As of May 21, 2021, there were 51,795 reported cases of COVID-19 in Ramsey County, and 855 COVID-19 related deaths; and

WHEREAS, even though the spread of COVID-19 has slowed, and vaccinations are becoming widely available, serious threats to health and safety of persons and other impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic continue to be felt in the City; and

WHEREAS, businesses continue to suffer the economic impacts of the pandemic and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future; and

WHEREAS, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, more than 2 in 3 small businesses in Minnesota report at least a moderate negative impact on their business from the COVID-19 pandemic; and

WHEREAS, leisure and hospitality are some of the hardest hit sectors; and

WHEREAS, according to a Pew Center survey published March 5, 2021, among those who say their financial situation has gotten worse during the pandemic, 44% think it will take them three years or more to get back to where they were a year ago – including about one-in-ten who don’t think their finances will ever recover. Also, about half of workers who personally lost wages during the pandemic (49%) are still earning less money than before the coronavirus outbreak started; and

WHEREAS, in addition to action necessary to safeguard the health and safety of Saint Paul citizens, it remains necessary for the City to provide support to individuals and businesses alike to ensure that Saint Paul recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic disaster; and 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 (Emergency Pandemic Leave)
  • Executive Order 2020-4 (Alternative Care Sites)
  • Executive Order 2020-29 (waiving signature requirements for zoning petitions)
  • Executive Order 2020-33 (food halls)

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 (Emergency Pandemic Leave)
  • Executive Order 2020-4 (Alternative Care Sites)
  • Executive Order 2020-29 (waiving signature requirements for zoning petitions)
  • Executive Order 2020-33 (food halls)

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.

Last Edited: June 17, 2021