Mayor Carter Announces Suspension of Water Shut-Offs for 30 Days And Cancellation of Saint Patrick’s Day Events Amid COVID-19 Concerns

March 12, 2020

Peter Leggett    

SAINT PAUL, MN - Today, Mayor Carter announced the suspension of water shut-offs in the City of Saint Paul for 30 days and the cancellation of Saint Patrick’s Day events including the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Luckypalooza on West 7th. These actions come in response to the recent developments related to the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus in Minnesota, and in alignment with current recommendations from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Saint-Paul Ramsey County Public Health Department. 

“Public health professionals have clearly stated that hygiene and social distancing are our primary tools to address this pandemic,” said Mayor Carter. “We will take every precaution to ensure public health and safety, starting with making sure every family can afford to wash their hands.”

As of today, Mayor Carter, in coordination with Saint Paul Board of Water Commissioners, has authorized the suspension of all water shut-offs to ensure all residents can access water and can follow recommendations from health officials related to washing.  The suspension of water shut-offs for 30 days comes in response to the continued recommendation by Saint Paul-Ramsey County Public Health officials regarding precautions residents can take to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus as they would to avoid colds and the flu including: 

  • Covering your coughs and sneezes with your sleeve or a tissue, not your hand.
  • Washing your hands thoroughly with soap and water.
  • Staying home when you are sick.

More information on the COVID-19 coronavirus is available on the Saint Paul-Ramsey County website at