Planning and Economic Development
UPDATE REGARDING CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)
The Department of Planning and Economic Development (PED) is dedicated to serving our residents and businesses throughout all stages of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
The community should follow the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Preservation (CDC), Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and Saint Paul – Ramsey County Public Health to ensure the safety of every Saint Paul resident, employee, customer and visitor.
- Stay or go home if you are sick, except to get medical care.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or the inside of your elbow when you cough or sneeze.
- Throw used tissues in the trash.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Practice social distancing by keeping a distance of 6 feet between yourself and others.i
- Avoid handshakes – get creative and try a wave, bow, elbow or foot bump.
The Minnesota Department of Health has a hotline for questions the general public has about COVID-19, available 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. at 651-201-3920.
PED offices are closed to the public. Staff are working remotely and able to assist.
For general inquiries, please call the PED general line at (651) 266-6092 or email:
- Economic Development:
The following regularly scheduled meetings have been postponed:
- Planning Commission
- Scheduled for: Friday, March 20
- Postponed to: Friday, April 3
- Heritage Preservation Commission
- Scheduled for: Monday, March 23
- Postponed to: Monday, April 20
- Housing and Redevelopment Authority
- Scheduled for: Wednesday, March 25
- Postponed to: Friday, April 3
The City of Saint Paul is currently exploring options to hold these meetings virtually, as well as meetings of the following:
Additional updates will be posted here, on commission and board pages, published in the legal ledger of the Pioneer Press and noticed through the Early Notification System as required by law.
Employers can play a crucial role in reducing the spread of COVID-19 by:
- Actively encouraging sick workers to stay home.
- Communicate with your employees about your sick leave policy, and send home employees who arrive to work or fall ill on the job.
- Do not require a health care provider’s note for employees who are sick with acute respiratory illness to validate their illness or to return to work, as health care provider offices and medical facilities may be extremely busy and not able to provide such documentation in a timely way.
- Maintain flexible sick leave policies that permit employees to stay home to care for a sick family member.
- Employers should be aware that more employees may need to stay at home to care for sick children or other sick family members than is usual.
- Establish flexible workplace policies and practices, such as telecommuting and flexible work hours (e.g., staggered shifts), to increase the physical distance among employees and between employees and others
- Perform routine environmental cleaning of workstations, countertops, doorknobs and shared office equipment like printers and copiers.
- Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19 (U.S. Department of Labor - Occupational Safety and Health Administration)
- Shared Work Program (Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development)
- Allows employers to divide available hours of work among a group of employees instead of implementing a full layoff. Employees may then receive partial unemployment insurance benefits while working reduced hours.
- Is Your Business COVID-19 Ready? (Minnesota Chamber of Commerce)
- COVID-19 Ramsey County Business Resources (Ramsey County)
Saint Paul is working with state, county, business, and foundation partners to quickly develop other business support resources.
If you are sick, do not report to work. The US Department of Labor, State of Minnesota and City of Saint Paul is protecting workers with:
- Earned Sick and Safe Time (ESST)
- Family and Medical Leave (FLMA)
- Non-discrimination protections
- Expanded unemployment benefits
- Workers' compensation
- COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and Unemployment Insurance (Minnesota Unemployment Insurance)
- Ramsey County TalentLEAD/Dislocated Worker program (Ramsey County)
Plan, prepare and take action to protect your home or residential community by:
- Staying up-to-date about COVID-19 activity by following Centers for Disease Control and Preservation (CDC), Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), and Saint Paul – Ramsey County Public Health.
- Having access to several weeks of medications and supplies including food
- Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces
- Separating sick household members in a different room and monitoring symptoms
- Strategies for Communities with Local COVID-19 Transmission (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
- Questions and Answers for Office of Multifamily Housing Stakeholders (U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development)
- Guidance for Special Needs Populations (HUD Exchange)
- Adult Day and Senior Day Center Settings: Interim Guidance for Administrators (Minnesota Department of Health)