Planning and Economic Development


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.

Recommendations include:

  • 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.  

(Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) 

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.

Service Changes

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:


The following regularly scheduled meetings have been postponed:

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.

Employer Resources

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.

(Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

Additional Information:

Saint Paul is working with state, county, business, and foundation partners to quickly develop other business support resources.

Worker 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:

(Source: Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry)

Additional Information:

Housing Resources

Plan, prepare and take action to protect your home or residential community by:

(Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

Additional Information: