To slow the spread of COVID-19 the Elgin City Hall will be closed to visitors, effective immediately
Office Hours will continue as usual. Please contact us by phone or email.
Minnesota Department of Health: Updated on March 16, 2020
Strategies to Slow the Spread of COVID-19 in Minnesota
To protect the public’s health and slow the rate of transmission of COVID-19, events as described below should be postponed or canceled across the state of Minnesota. MDH will continue to evaluate the situation and may recommend opening earlier or staying cancelled for longer. These events include those scheduled by communities and organizations but also by individuals. The following is intended to provide general guidance for mitigation strategies. Organizers or settings may need to take into consideration unique risks and make decisions that are protective of their communities.
CDC recommends postponing and canceling until further notice:
- Events where 50 people or more would gather, including but not limited to:
- Professional, college, and school performances or sporting events.
- Other types of assemblies.
- Smaller events (fewer than 50 people) that are held in crowded auditoriums, rooms, or other venues that do not allow social distancing of 6 feet per person.
- Events with more than 10 people where the majority of participants are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19, including gatherings such as those at:
- Retirement facilities.
- Assisted living facilities.
- Developmental homes.
- Support groups for people with health conditions.
- Events of any size should only be continued if they can be carried out with adherence to guidelines for protecting vulnerable populations, hand hygiene, and social distancing. When feasible, organizers could modify events to be virtual.
- More information is available at CDC: Get Your Mass Gatherings or Large Community Events Ready.
MDH recommends restaurants and bars close for dine-in service through 5 p.m. on March 27.
- Drive-through and take-out delivery can continue and MDH recommends that restaurants focus on these services.
- Within restaurants, staff should try to keep at least 6 feet of distance from each other as much as possible.
- Orders should be sealed by restaurants in tamper-resistant packaging.
- For the safety of delivery personnel, restaurants should encourage “contactless” delivery allowing no face-to-face contact between delivery personnel and customers. Payments to be made via digital means whenever possible. Orders to be dropped off at a designated spot with no face-to-face contact at a distance of less than 6 feet.
MDH recommends grocery stores/pharmacies/hardware stores/retail outlets with these services remain open with social distancing measures.
- Social distancing should be encouraged within stores and at checkouts and signage regarding distancing of at least 6 feet between persons in the stores should be posted.
- When possible, delivery of items (using same safety steps as above for restaurants), online ordering and pickup should be encouraged over in-store shopping.
MDH recommends non-essential retail outlets close, with the exception of those that choose to remain open on a limited bases to fill online or phone orders for pickup or delivery.
MDH recommends venues such as movie theaters, bowling alleys, and other recreational activities close through 5 p.m. on March 27.
MDH recommends public buildings remain open, so long as they can maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet between persons.
For all workplaces including restaurants and stores remaining open, it is important that employees assess themselves for symptoms regularly and go home right away if ill. All employees should practice careful and frequent hand hygiene, not touch their faces with unwashed hands and use respiratory etiquette.
For information for specific subgroups of people, see CDC’s guidance at:
- Recommendations for People at Higher Risk and Special Populations
- Coronavirus Disease 2019 Information for Travel.
MDH recommends implementing the following mitigation strategies.
These have been adapted from CDC: Implementation of Mitigation Strategies for Communities with Local COVID-19 Transmission.
Underlying medical conditions that may increase the risk of serious COVID-19 for individuals of any age:
- Blood disorders (e.g., sickle cell disease or on blood thinners).
- Chronic kidney disease as defined by your doctor. Patient has been told to avoid or reduce the dose of medications because kidney disease, or is under treatment for kidney disease, including receiving dialysis.
- Chronic liver disease as defined by your doctor. (e.g., cirrhosis, chronic hepatitis) Patient has been told to avoid or reduce the dose of medications because liver disease or is under treatment for liver disease.
- Compromised immune system (immunosuppression) (e.g., seeing a doctor for cancer and treatment such as chemotherapy or radiation, received an organ or bone marrow transplant, taking high doses of corticosteroids or other immunosuppressant medications, HIV or AIDS).
- Current or recent pregnancy in the last two weeks.
- Endocrine disorders (e.g., diabetes mellitus).
- Metabolic disorders (such as inherited metabolic disorders and mitochondrial disorders).
- Heart disease (such as congenital heart disease, congestive heart failure and coronary artery disease).
- Lung disease including asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (chronic bronchitis or emphysema) or other chronic conditions associated with impaired lung function or that require home oxygen.
- Neurological and neurologic and neurodevelopment conditions [including disorders of the brain, spinal cord, peripheral nerve, and muscle such as cerebral palsy, epilepsy (seizure disorders), stroke, intellectual disability, moderate to severe developmental delay, muscular dystrophy, or spinal cord injury].
MN Dept of Health: https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/index.html
Govenor Tim Walz: https://mn.gov/governor/new
Center for Disease Control & Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-updates/summary.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fsummary.html