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Posted on: May 21, 2020

COVID-19 5/20/20 Update: Message from the Mayor - Some in person services begin on May 26

LeTourneau, John

View the May 20, 2020 update on COVID-19 from Ramsey Mayor John LeTourneau with this YouTube link.

A transcript of the Mayor’s message can also be found below:

My fellow citizens

As you are aware, Governor Walz recently lifted the Stay at Home Order and has allowed some aspects of normal business to resume. I am pleased to report that on Tuesday, May 26, that the Ramsey Municipal Center and Fire Station No. 1 will be opened to the public with certain restrictions, consistent with the Governor’s guidelines. The Ramsey City Council and I are strongly supportive of local business, and the scheduled reopening of these businesses as soon as practicable, while meeting public health guidelines. The Governor’s Executive Order 20-56 Safely Reopening Minnesota’s Economy and Ensuring Safe Non-Work Activities during the COVID-19 Peacetime Emergency, is a step in the right direction, and provides some sense of normalcy in this uncertain time. Soon the City Council will consider lifting the Local Emergency Declaration, knowing that many systems and procedures are now in place to effectively fight this persistent menace of the COVID-19 virus. Nonetheless, we must remain vigilant, and continue our business in accordance with recommended guidelines.

As we prepare for this transition at City Hall, additional safety measures will be put into place to protect both employees and the public. These measures include, but are not limited to, Plexiglas shields on front desk/counter windows, floor markings to encourage social distancing, hand sanitizing stations, Anoka County License Center assistance at the front desk, directional signage inside and out, one-way hall traffic, routine sanitizing and similar measures. We, our public officials and our city staff, welcome our community back. For those that prefer, please check out our web site for a variety of ways business can be conducted remotely.

We have been informed by the Anoka County License Center that they will be open to the public by appointment only, starting on Monday, June 1. License Center customers are encouraged to use the west entrances of the building and all City business traffic encouraged to use the east entrances of the building. Just follow the signs. The Police Department lobby area will also be open. Conference rooms will not be rented to the public at the this time. Some public meetings will again be held in-person, with attendance limited to 10 people or less. In-person public testimony will be allowed on agenda items in accordance with the procedures outlined on the agenda.

I am pleased that both business and government services are beginning to open in-person to the public. The City Economic Development Authority is offering a variety of programs to support our local businesses in this time. While, residents from every corner of the community have stepped forward to help each other in countless ways. As Mayor, I encourage residents to continue to patronize our local business, stay safe, and work toward a stronger tomorrow. There is a spirit togetherness here in the City of Ramsey, one that we’ve celebrated for years and years. As we continue to celebrate what we call our "return to normal", I’m reminded that right now, it’s more important than ever. Be well, take care, and we’ll look for you back out on the streets of the City of Ramsey soon.

Thank you,
Mayor John LeTourneau

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