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St. Paul face covering policy update
City of Saint Paul Updates
Join Serve Saint Paul: Neighbors Helping Neighbors
HAP Offers Free Masks and Sanitizers


St. Paul face covering policy update.

Executive order 2021-33 requires all individuals regardless of vaccine status at City-Controlled Property to 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. 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.

The order will apply to all individuals except young children at risk of suffocation and persons who cannot medically tolerate wearing a face covering. Acceptable face coverings include manufactured or homemade cloth face coverings, and are not required to be medical-grade masks.  Face coverings must fully cover a person’s nose and mouth. 

All businesses are strongly encouraged to require that all individuals, regardless of vaccine status, wear a face covering indoors.

City of Saint Paul Updates

  • Mayor Melvin Carter announced the launch of a local consumer financial protection planning effort in partnership with the national nonprofit organization the Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund (CFE Fund), and the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Saint Paul will begin planning a communications campaign to raise consumer awareness of and protect residents from COVID-19 related scams and continue planning in the coming months for broader consumer financial protection capabilities within the City.
  • Minnesota Chamber of Commerce Restoration and Recovery Resources– In response to the damage and loss of businesses in Minneapolis and Saint Paul and COVID-19, the Chamber is working to create a network of expertise, services and volunteer time to help businesses who need it most. The Chamber has created a database of member companies willing to donate their products and services, free of charge, to help struggling businesses get back on their feet.”
  • Community Resource Line – The City of Saint Paul has a new phone line and email address to answer questions about the response to the COVID-19 coronavirus. Interpreters are available to answer questions in Hmong, Karen, Oromo, Somali, and Spanish. Learn more at stpaul.gov/coronavirus.
    Phone Number: 651-266-6000
    Email: LanguageResources@ci.stpaul.mn.us
  • NEW – The Minnesota Department of Commerce can assist business owners, property owners and renters in our community that experienced property damage or loss. The Department of Commerce’s Consumer Services Center (CSC) can help consumers understand their rights, work with their insurer to settle a claim, and help Minnesotans make informed insurance decisions. Contact the CSC at (651) 539-1600 or at consumer.protection@state.mn.us.
  • Access to be food continues to be a major concern for families during this emergency situation. Many free meal and food assistance programs are available in Ramsey County. Use the County’s interactive map to find programs near you, including food shelves, community gardens, farmers markets, grocery stores and delivery services. 
  • Learn more about the City of Saint Paul’s Racial Equity Workgroup whose purpose is to develop and operationalize strategies to address disparities, inequities, and discrimination in St. Paul related to COVID-19.
  • New Sports Guidance – The Minnesota Department of Health issued new guidance on sports participation during COVID-19. Youth sports games and scrimmages can resume June 24 or later for outdoor sports, and July 1 or later for indoor sports. New sports guidance – click here.
  • The City of Saint Paul continues to partner with Youthprise, Arts-Us, and the Sanneh Foundation to provide free meal service to Saint Paul families in need. Families with one or more children under the age of 18 are eligible to pick up one meal bag per child per week. Each meal bag contains 7 dinner meals and 7 snacks. The meal bags are available for pick up at the following times and locations:
    • Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1-4 p.m.  
      • Conway Recreation Center (Sanneh Foundation), 2090 Conway St.
    • Tuesday and Thursday, 2-4 p.m.  
      • El Rio Vista Community Center (Neighborhood House), 179 Robie St. E.
      • McDonough Recreation Center, 1544 Timberlake Rd.
      • Palace Recreation Center, 781 Palace Ave.
    • Wednesdays and Fridays, 2-4 p.m.  
      • Arlington Hills Community Center, 1200 Payne Ave.
      • Rice Recreation Center, 1021 Marion St.
      • Dunning Recreation Center (Arts-Us), 1221 Marshall Ave.
  • Free Suppers and Snacks for Saint Paul Youth
    Through a partnership with Youthprise, free suppers and snacks are available at recreation centers throughout St. Paul for youth 18 years of age and under. Locations and details here.
  • All Saint Paul Public Schools students will start the 2020-21 school year in distance learning. Every student will receive an iPad and other tools to make distance learning a success. If you have questions or want to enroll a new student, please click here or call 651-632-3760. The first day of school is Tuesday, Sept. 8. For more information click here.
  • Ramsey County Landlord Assistance: Are you a landlord in Ramsey County, Minnesota and have tenants who have been unable to make rent payments as a result of COVID-19?

    The Ramsey County Landlord Assistance program provides one-time grants to landlords for up to $20,000 per rental unit for tenants’ missed rent payments and/or unpaid fees from March 1, 2020 through December 30, 2020 due to COVID-19.

    Applications are open through December 18. To apply and learn more, visit: https://bit.ly/37LDXpx

Join Serve Saint Paul: Neighbors Helping Neighbors

Our community is facing unprecedented challenges and we need your help more than ever. Serve Saint Paul: Neighbors Helping Neighbors is building a community of service in Saint Paul by connecting neighbors who could use a helping hand during the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more at stpaul.gov/neighbors

HAP Offers Free Masks and Sanitizers

HAP has free hand sanitizers and face coverings available for the community. Request them by contacting (651) 304-6236 or askHAP@hmong.org.

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