November 2021

Emergency Executive Order 2021-40

I, Melvin Carter III, Mayor of the City of Saint Paul, November 5, 2021, pursuant to Saint Paul Legislative Code Section 13.06, do hereby issue the following Executive Order:

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 has been extended and remains in effect; 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, 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; and

WHEREAS, 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.”; and

WHEREAS, compliance with the skyway hours of operation requires monitoring by both Saint Paul Police and building owners;

WHEREAS, 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; and

WHEREAS, based on the easing of COVID restrictions statewide, the fact that the spread of COVID-19 had slowed, and the wide availability of vaccines and the recommendation of skyway stakeholders I issued Executive Order 2021-23 which adjusted the skyway closure hours keeping the skyways open longer; and

WHEREAS, Executive Order 2021-23 has been extended and expires on November 6, 2021; and

WHEREAS representatives from the Department of Safety and Inspections met with representatives from BOMA, Downtown Alliance, Skyway Governance Advisory Committee and the SPPD on October 14, 2021 and the group of stakeholders concurred on a recommendation to expand the operating hours of the skyway to 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. daily in response to and in support of the entertainment, sports, and dining venues returning to strong levels of activity; and

WHEREAS, the 11:00 p.m. skyway closing matches the Downtown Ambassadors Program hours; and

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

  • Executive Order 2021-23 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 11:00 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. 


Emergency Executive Order 2021-41

I, Melvin Carter III, Mayor of the City of Saint Paul, November 5, 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.

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; … 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 2021-24 (allowing inactive business licenses)
  • Executive Order 2020-38 (waiver of zoning requirements for emergency shelters)
  • Executive Order 2021-3 (regulating third-party food platforms)
  • Executive Order 2021-22 (waiving requirements for certain outdoor uses)

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 2021-24 (allowing inactive business licenses)
  • Executive Order 2020-38 (waiver of zoning requirements for emergency shelters)
  • Executive Order 2021-3 (regulating third-party food platforms)
  • Executive Order 2021-22 (waiving requirements for certain outdoor uses)

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.


Emergency Executive Order 2021-42

I, Melvin Carter III, Mayor of the City of Saint Paul, on November 19, 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.

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…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)
  • Executive Order 2020-44 (Delaying effective date for Plastic Packaging §236 Leg Code)

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

  • 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)
  • 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.


Emergency Executive Order 2021-43

I, Melvin Carter III, Mayor of the City of Saint Paul, on November 24, 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.

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 2021-39 (Face covering requirement indoors at City-controlled facilities)

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 2021-39 (Face covering requirement indoors at City-controlled facilities)

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 29, 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 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; 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 March 1, 2021, 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, on June 1, 2021, I declared under the authority given in Minnesota Statutes §12.29, that the local emergency continued to exist within Saint Paul, effective June 1, 2021, 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 2, 2021, the Saint Paul City Council, in RES 21-852 approved that declaration and extended the emergency for ninety days, until September 2, 2021; and

WHEREAS, on August 31, 2021, I declared under the authority given in Minnesota Statutes §12.29, that the local emergency continued to exist within Saint Paul, effective August 31, 2021, 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 1, 2021, the Saint Paul City Council, in RES 21-1305 approved that declaration and extended the emergency for ninety days, until November 30, 2021; and

WHEREAS, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to present unprecedented and rapidly evolving challenge to our City. As of November 29, 2021, there were 73,399 reported cases of COVID-19 in Ramsey County, and 1,005 COVID-19 related deaths; and

WHEREAS, even though 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 nation and City; and

WHEREAS, the Delta variant is more contagious than previous variants, may cause more severe illness than prior variants, and fully vaccinated people with Delta variant breakthrough infections can spread the virus to others; and

WHEREAS, infections from the fast-spreading Delta variant have spread north to the Midwest and Mountain states this fall and Minnesota's rate of new infections has at recent times been the highest in the nation; and

WHEREAS, in recent weeks, hospitals have been up to 97% full; and

WHEREAS, the now 20-month health emergency has impacted the residents and businesses of Saint Paul; 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 U.S. Census Bureau, about 3 in 5 small businesses in Minnesota report at least a moderate negative impact on their business from the COVID-19 pandemic; and

WHEREAS, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities COVID-19 Hardship Watch, “[w]hile the economy has added jobs in recent months, there were still 5.0 million fewer jobs in September 2021 than in February 2020. The majority of jobs lost in the crisis have been in industries that pay low average wages, with the lowest-paying industries accounting for 30 percent of all jobs but 56 percent of the jobs lost from February 2020 to September 2021, according to the latest month of Labor Department employment data. Jobs were down nearly twice as much in low-paying industries (5.3 percent) as in medium-wage industries (3.2 percent) and more than six times as much as in high-wage industries (0.8 percent) during this period; 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 80 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 III, 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 29, 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.
  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.

October 2021


Emergency Executive Order 2021-38

I, Melvin Carter III, Mayor of the City of Saint Paul,on October 12, 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.

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)
  • Executive Order 2020-44 (Delaying effective date for Plastic Packaging §236 Leg Code)

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

  • 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)
  • 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.


Emergency Executive Order 2021-39

I, Melvin Carter III, Mayor of the City of Saint Paul, on October 18, 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.

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 2021-36 (Face covering requirement indoors at City-controlled facilities)

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

  • Executive Order 2021-36 (Face covering requirement indoors at City-controlled facilities)

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.

September 2021

Emergency Executive Order 2021-35

I, Melvin Carter III, Mayor of the City of Saint Paul, on September 3, 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.

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; … 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 Sites0
  • Executive Order 2020-29 (waiving signature requirements for zoning petitions)
  • Executive Order 2020-33 (Food Halls)
  • 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 Orders are extended without amendment:

  • Executive Order 2020-3 (Emergency Pandemic Leave)
  • Executive Order 2020-4 (Alternative Care Sites0
  • Executive Order 2020-29 (waiving signature requirements for zoning petitions)
  • Executive Order 2020-33 (Food Halls
  • 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.


Emergency Executive Order 2021-36

I, Melvin Carter III, Mayor of the City of Saint Paul, on September 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 20-10 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.

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 [CHOOSE ALL THAT APPLY-- the sounding of alarms; 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 2021-33 (Face covering requirement indoors at City-controlled facilities)

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

  • Executive Order 2021-33 (Face covering requirement indoors at City-controlled facilities)

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.


Emergency Executive Order 2021-37

I, Melvin Carter III, Mayor of the City of Saint Paul, on September 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 20-10 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.

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; … 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 2021-24 (allowing inactive business licenses)
  • Executive Order 2020-38 (waiver of zoning requirements for emergency shelters)
  • Executive Order 2021-3 (regulating third-party food platforms)
  • Executive Order 2021-22 (waiving requirements for certain outdoor uses)
  • Executive Order 2021-23 (skyway hours)

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 2021-24 (allowing inactive business licenses)
  • Executive Order 2020-38 (waiver of zoning requirements for emergency shelters)
  • Executive Order 2021-3 (regulating third-party food platforms)
  • Executive Order 2021-22 (waiving requirements for certain outdoor uses)
  • Executive Order 2021-23 (skyway hours)

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.

August 2021

Executive Order August 3, 2021-33

EMERGENCY EXECUTIVE ORDER 2021-33

I, Melvin Carter III, Mayor of the City of Saint Paul, on August 3, 2021, pursuant to Saint Paul Legislative Code Section 13.06, do hereby issue the following Executive Order: 

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. 

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. 

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”. 

On July 27, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated their information for fully vaccinated people given new evidence on the B.1.617.2 (Delta) variant currently circulating in the United States. This updated information included a recommendation for fully vaccinated people to wear a mask in public indoor settings in areas of substantial or high transmission. 

On July 29, 2021, the CDC COVID-19 data track changed Ramsey County’s level of community transmission to “substantial, triggering the CDC recommendation for fully vaccinated people to wear masks in public indoor settings. 

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

Regulations: 

  1. All Individuals regardless of vaccine status at City-Controlled Property: Must wear a face covering indoors at all times. Employees who are not in a congregate setting and are alone in their assigned workspace may refrain from wearing a face covering. 
  2. City of Saint Paul employees and visitors are not required to wear a face covering while outdoors, unless at an activity specifically designated and posted by the City as requiring a face covering. 
  3. All Businesses: Strongly encouraged to require that all individuals, regardless of vaccine status, wear a face covering indoors. 

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. Congregate setting: an environment where a number of people work, meet, or gather in close proximity for either a limited or extended period of time. Any specific regulations for individual City spaces will be published on the City website and posted at each location. 
  4. 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. 

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. 


Emergency Executive Order August 16, 2021-34

EMERGENCY EXECUTIVE ORDER 2021-34

I, Melvin Carter III, Mayor of the City of Saint Paul, on August 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 20-10 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.

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; … 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 (allowing inactive business licenses)
  • Executive Order 2020-38 (waiver of zoning requirements for emergency shelters)
  • Executive Order 2021-3 (regulating third-party food platforms)
  • Executive Order 2021-22 (waiving requirements for certain outdoor uses)
  • Executive Order 2021-23 (amending skyway hours)

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 (allowing inactive business licenses)
  • Executive Order 2020-38 (waiver of zoning requirements for emergency shelters)
  • Executive Order 2021-3 (regulating third-party food platforms)
  • Executive Order 2021-22 (waiving requirements for certain outdoor uses)
  • Executive Order 2021-23 (amending skyway hours)

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 August 31, 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, on June 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, 2021, 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 2, 2021, the Saint Paul City Council, in RES 21-852 approved that declaration and extended the emergency for ninety days, until September 2, 2021; and

WHEREAS, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to present unprecedented and rapidly evolving challenge to our City. As of August 20, 2021, there were 55,016 reported cases of COVID-19 in Ramsey County, and 917 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, due to a reversal in the downward trajectory of cases including a national moving average of cases per week in late June of 12,000, to a weekly average of over 60,000, on July 27, 2021, CDC released updated guidance on the need for urgently increasing COVID-19 vaccination coverage and a recommendation for everyone in areas of substantial or high transmission to wear a mask in public indoor places, even if they are fully vaccinated; and

WHEREAS, Ramsey County is in the “high” transmission category: and

WHEREAS, new data began to emerge in July that the Delta variant was more infectious and was leading to increased transmissibility when compared to other variants, even in vaccinated individuals; and

WHEREAS, the delta variant is more contagious than previous variants, may cause more severe illness than prior variants, and fully vaccinated people with Delta variant breakthrough infections can spread the virus to others; and

WHEREAS, the now 17-month health emergency has impacted the residents and businesses of Saint Paul; 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 80 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 III, 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 August 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.
  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.

July 2021

Executive Order July 8, 2021-28

EMERGENCY EXECUTIVE ORDER 2021-28

I, Melvin Carter III, Mayor of the City of Saint Paul, on July 8, 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 2021-22 

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 2021-22 

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 8, 2021-29

EMERGENCY EXECUTIVE ORDER 2021-29

I, Melvin Carter III, Mayor of the City of Saint Paul, on July 8, 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 2021-23 

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 2021-23 

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 8, 2021-30

EMERGENCY EXECUTIVE ORDER 2021-30

I, Melvin Carter III, Mayor of the City of Saint Paul, on July 8, 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 2021-24 

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 2021-24 

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 19, 2021-31

EMERGENCY EXECUTIVE ORDER 2021-31

I, Melvin Carter III, Mayor of the City of Saint Paul, on July 19, 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 2020-44 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 Orders are 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 July 28, 2021-32

EMERGENCY EXECUTIVE ORDER 2021-32

I, Melvin Carter III, Mayor of the City of Saint Paul, on July 28, 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.

June 2021

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.

May 2021

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.

April 2021

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.

March 2021

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.

February 2021

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.

January 2021

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.

2020 Emergency Executive Orders

Last Edited: November 30, 2021