I hope that everyone is healthy and well. I want to sincerely thank you for continuing sheltering in place per Governor Walz orders. The flattening of the curve would not be possible without your compliance and support. I want to thank all of the neighborhood organizations for stepping up and addressing some of the needs and concerns of their respective neighbors. I wanted to highlight, at the suggestion of one of our neighbors, the food shelves that are operating in Ward 8. These would be great opportunities for volunteers or financial support from neighborhood organizations or individuals:
- Sabathani Community Center, 310 E 38th St.
- Monday – Thursday, 10am-2pm, food shelf located in the basement.
- Call 612-821-2300 9am-3pm to reach the Administrative staff for information or assistance.
- Bancroft School, 1315 E 38th St
- Mondays, 10am-2pm, week’s supply of lunch meals for each child under 18 attending MPS school.
- MLK Park, 4055 Nicollet Ave and Green School, 3416 4th Ave S
- Tuesdays, 10am-2pm, week’s supply lunch meals for each child under 18 attending MPS school.
- Lyndale School, 312 W 34th St
- Wednesdays, 10am-2pm, week’s supply lunch meals for each child under 18 attending MPS school.
- Calvary Lutheran Church, 3901 Chicago Ave, (612) 827-2504
- Food shelf open Saturdays, 9am-noon.
- Incarnation Catholic Church, 3801 Pleasant Ave, (612) 822-2101
- Food shelf open Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:30 am-2:30 pm.
- The Aliveness Project, 3808 Nicollet Ave, (612) 824-5433
- Food shelf and to go meals available Monday – Thursday, 12-6 pm; Fri, 12-4 pm.
- Bethel Lutheran Church, 4120 S 17th Ave, (612) 724-3693
- free little pantry to take what you need.
- Macedonia Baptist Church, 3801 1st Ave S, (612) 827-4608
- Food shelf open every 4th Wednesday of the month, 1-3pm.
Lastly, I want to offer my deep condolences to anyone who has lost a loved one during this time or is caring for someone who is ill, we see you and send our love and support. Wash your hands, stay safe.
To continue Minnesota’s success in slowing the spread of COVID-19, Gov. Tim Walz extended the state’s stay-at-home order and closure of bars, restaurants and other public accommodations until May 18. The governor also announced that retail businesses and other non-critical businesses may resume operations with curbside pickup.
Also as part of this executive order, Governor Walz strongly encouraged all Minnesotans to wear a manufactured or homemade mask at all times when they leave their homes to any place where physical distancing is difficult.
By extending the stay home order, the governor said the state will:
- Slow the spread of COVID-19 and slowly build herd immunity.
- Protect those working on the front lines by increasing access to personal protective equipment.
- Ensure our health system can care for all who require care.
- Gradually allow more Minnesotans to return to work.
- Safely and slowly resume in-person contacts and other activities that are critical for our well-being.
Starting May 4, retail businesses and other non-critical businesses may begin offering curbside pickup. This will put up to 30,000 Minnesotans back to work in a safe, coordinated way. Businesses must:
- Develop and publicly post a plan for how to open safely.
- Use online payment whenever possible.
- Employees and customers should wear masks and protective equipment.
- In curbside pickup scenarios, physical distancing guidelines apply. If possible, customers should not leave their vehicle.
- In delivery scenarios, items should be deposited outside a customer’s residence.
Minnesotans should also continue to work remotely whenever possible, wear face masks in public, screen for symptoms and regularly check their temperature, and maintain physical distance from each other.
Updates on the COVID-19 pandemic in Minnesota are available at mn.gov/covid19.
Mayor Jacob Frey taped and released his third State of the City address on Wednesday, April 29.
In his remarks, Frey highlighted the City’s response to COVID-19, Minneapolis’ role – as the largest and densest city in the state – in protecting public health, and emphasized the City’s commitment to continue delivering core services.
Watch Mayor Frey’s State of the City address.
This past Tuesday, I hosted a virtual town hall to address COVID-19 alongside Mayor Jacob Frey and the Deputy Commissioner of Health Noya Woodrich. In addition to an update on the City’s response to COVID-19, we facilitated a discussion on the Neighborhoods 2020 Program Guidelines with Neighborhood and Community Relations Director David Rubedor and CURA’s Director of Community Research C. Terrence Anderson and heard from 3rd Precinct Inspector Sean McgGinty for a brief update on Public Safety.
If you were unable to tune into Tuesday’s Virtual Town Hall, you can view a recording on the Ward 8 Facebook Page here: https://www.facebook.com/162851104524976/videos/3749837288420009/.
The U.S. government approved new funding for small business relief including two key programs: the Paycheck Protection Program and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan. As of Monday, April 27, the Paycheck Protection Program is accepting new applications.
Small businesses can talk to their lender today or contact a lender on the list of participating lenders in Minnesota. The Economic Injury Disaster Loans has gotten additional funding as well and will resume processing applications that are already in the queue on a first come, first-served basis. The SBA is not currently accepting new applications for this program.
Other resources include:
The City of Minneapolis has expanded Business Technical Assistance Program services to make sure that you have an expert to talk to about your specific situation. You can also contact the City’s Small Business Team at 612-673-2499 or email@example.com.
There’s still time to donate homemade masks at your local fire station. Donated masks will be delivered to Minneapolis residents at high risk for contracting COVID-19 and the community organizations that serve them. Your donation will help protect our most vulnerable residents.
Note: fire stations are not equipped to take any other donations at this time.
Find your local Minneapolis fire station at: http://www.minneapolismn.gov/fire/stations/index.htm…
Need instructions for making a cloth mask?
Learn more about guidelines on making homemade masks by visiting the State’s web page on the Minnesota Homemade Mask Drive (please disregard the April 25 donation drive end date listed on this site; Minneapolis fire stations will continue to collect donated masks through May 8). Visit: https://mn.gov/covid19/for-minnesotans/volunteer/masks.jsp…
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends wearing cloth face coverings to help protect others from COVID-19. Cloth face masks can help prevent the wearer from infecting others – especially in situations when we can spread the virus without having any symptoms.
The Chicago Avenue Fire Arts Center (CAFAC) invites the greater Powderhorn community to join us in the creation of Together/apART, a public art and cultural documentation project inspired by how we are all moving through life during the Covid-19 pandemic. This project aims to be a community bonding and solidarity experience, carried out collectively while we are literally isolated in our own homes. Together (while apART), we will create an artistic mixed material quilt that will stretch across CAFAC’s parking yard fence, located at the busy corner of 38th and Chicago. Together/apART asks you to reflect on your experiences during this time of challenge and change and to interpret them through imagery, words, or symbols, which CAFAC will cut into steel and incorporate into a public art installation.
Find more details and how to get involved here!
Today, council members approved cutting their ward budgets in order to help communities protect themselves from COVID-19. Each ward office will reduce their budgets by $4,081 and the Mayor’s Office will reduce its budget by $10,000, freeing up $63,000 to purchase face masks, hand sanitizer, thermometers and other disease prevention resources. These will be prioritized for low-income residents.
Plans call for using the funds to order 15,000 cloth masks, with 3,000 of them going to the Minnesota Public Housing Authority for their residents and the rest going to multi-unit low-income housing residents. The funds will also be used to purchase hand sanitizer and additional supplies to support priority community groups like those in shelters and low-income housing.
Overnight I-35W closures May 4-7
I-35W will be closed in both directions between Hwy 62 and I-94 from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. nightly beginning Mon, May 4 through Thu, May 7. Drivers will be detoured to use Hwy 62, Hwy 100 and I-394.
Midtown Greenway closure May 7-8
As a reminder, the Midtown Greenway will be closed from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thu, May 7 and Fri, May 8 to allow crews to safely set the bridge deck beams on the new northbound I-35W bridge over the Midtown Greenway. The detour routes include:
- Westbound bicyclists: Northbound 5th Ave. to westbound 26th St. to southbound Blaisdell Ave. to eastbound 29th St.
- Eastbound bicyclists: Northbound Nicollet Ave. to eastbound 28th St. to southbound 5th Ave.
- Pedestrians: Nicollet Ave., 28th St. and 5th Ave.
All closures are weather permitting and subject to change.
For real-time travel information anywhere in Minnesota visit 511mn.org or dial 5-1-1.
The City of Minneapolis is making additional updates to the public right-of-way in response to COVID-19, including adding more space for active recreation on streets and reducing the need for pedestrian push buttons at intersections.
Starting April 29, the City will implement 11 miles of Stay Healthy Streets routes to support more space for walking, biking and rolling while social distancing. Three separate loop routes will mostly follow local residential streets. These local streets will generally be closed to thru traffic and calmed to allow for people to safely walk, bike or roll in the street. Car access for residents will be retained. Additional details on Stay Healthy Streets are available on the City’s website.
A new loop along the Mississippi River has opened up space for active recreation. The southbound lane of East River Parkway in Minneapolis and Mississippi River Boulevard in Saint Paul has been opened to walking, biking, and rolling from Fulton Street Southeast to Ford Parkway. This is in addition to expanded walking space in the northbound lane of West River Parkway. Working with Hennepin and Ramsey Counties, the cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul will create additional space on bridges to complete a connected six and 10-mile loops.
The City will continue to monitor and adjust street installations.
Pedestrian push buttons
The City has transitioned traffic signals to reduce the need for pedestrians to push the button at more than 400 signalized intersections. Crews are placing signs on the signal post notifying people that the signal will change automatically. For blind and visually impaired people, the button will still be operational in order to call the audible features.
Pick-up only permits
The City’s Public Works Department has issued permits for and installed more than 50 pick-up only zones for businesses. The pick-up zones allow parking for up to 10 minutes for people picking up take-out food or other items.
New speed limit signs
In addition to the changes in response to the pandemic, the City continues to roll out new speed limits signs citywide. The Cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul announced lower speed limits to support safer streets March 12.
New speed limits are 20 mph for local residential streets; 25 mph for larger, arterial city-owned streets; and 30-plus mph for a few city-owned streets. Per Minnesota law, cities do not have the authority to change speed limits on county and MnDOT roads.
The 25 mph speed limit on individual streets will go into effect as soon as they are signed. Once the busier streets are signed, the cities will then install “gateway signs” at entry points in both cities, indicating the citywide speed limit is 20 mph unless otherwise posted. The 20 mph speed limit goes in to effect as soon as the gateway signs are installed. The cities expect the sign installation to be completed by this fall. To follow along on our progress visit: visionzerompls.com and stpaul.gov/speedlimits.
The City of Minneapolis has awarded $200,000 from the COVID-19 Emergency Mental Health Fund to 29 community organizations providing mental health care to the community.
The City’s Division of Race & Equity established the fund to strengthen the capacity of mental and behavioral health providers and community cultural healers to provide services to community residents who may be experiencing increased stress and trauma related to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.
The goal is to provide short-term relief to those who are experiencing crisis and whose ability to receive help in person is either limited or not available at this time. Services include psychotherapy, group healing circles, counseling, mentoring services, resource sharing and peer support.
The organizations are continuing care with existing clients who are no longer able to meet in person as a result of social distancing, and several of them are also expanding their services to reach a larger population. More than 80% of the people receiving services are black, indigenous and people of color.
List of providers taking new patients
Find a list of providers taking new patients here, and learn more about the City’s COVID-19 Emergency Mental Health Fund here.
The State of Minnesota is also offering mental health support resources.
The City added another online open house to get your input on the draft Transportation Action Plan before the comment period ends May 22.
The 10-year action plan will guide future planning, design and implementation of transportation projects for all people in all the ways they move around.
Join us to hear about the plan and interact with staff in real time. Learn more at go.minneapolismn.gov/get-involved.
Upcoming online open house
COVID-19 affects some of the ways you can safely move around at farmers markets this season. As with any other essential trip, farmers market customers will want to plan ahead to get in and out, go as one person rather than a family, wear a mask, preorder if possible and of course keep 6 feet away from others.
Farmers markets are considered essential grocery providers by the State of Minnesota and can stay open under specific conditions that help prevent the spread of the coronavirus including:
- Shoppers stay at least 6 feet from each other and workers.
- All food is taken offsite before eating.
Shoppers can expect to see safety precautions set up at farmers markets such as:
- Borders set up around the market with limited entrances and exits.
- A limited number of customers in the market at one time. There may be a wait.
- Wider aisles with one-way movement and waiting areas.
- Credit card and no-touch transactions preferred.
- Hand-washing or hand sanitation stations.
- No samples offered.
And as with any other essential shopping during this time, make sure to:
- Stay home if you or someone in your home is sick.
- Send only one person into the market to shop.
- Wear a cloth face covering.
- Wash hands frequently.
- Maintain a 6-foot distance from anyone else.
- Be efficient and not mingle.
- Not touch products until the vendor hands you your purchase.
- Preorder online if possible.
Farmers markets are an important part of our food supply and are essential to our farmers. There has never been a more important time to buy local and contribute to a healthy local food economy.
Find a map and schedule for farmers markets in Minneapolis here. The City expects about 22 markets to open this season. The map and schedule will be kept up to date as schedules shift.