Assuring a safe and livable community is the priority for the City of New Brighton. We are collaborating with our public health partners at the local, state, and federal level to bring you the latest news related to the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19). To assure the health of both our municipal workforce and community members, the City has created and is implementing a Continuity of Operations Plan to prepare for the possibility of an outbreak locally. COVID-19 communications will be shared via City social media accounts. Residents are also encouraged to review COVID-19 information available from both the Minnesota Department of Health and the Centers For Disease Control (CDC). In the meantime, healthy habits are the best way to prevent illnesses including the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 so please be sure to wash your hands, cover your cough, and stay home if you are feeling ill. COVID-19 information is also available from the State of Minnesota Department of Health in Hmong, Somali, and Spanish.
Health and safety is a shared responsibility in the City of New Brighton. Please review the CDC’s Get Your Household Ready for guidance in preparing your household members.
With Spring Break just around the corner, we recommend that you check the CDC’s Traveler’s Health Notices for the latest guidance and recommendations for each country to which you will travel.
3/27/2020: Concerned about potential gaps in service to those in the community who are often considered the most vulnerable, the City of New Brighton has created a Community Resource Group. The purpose of this group is to connect with residents who may need assistance in identifying or contacting existing services within the community for food, shelter, internet connection, and mental health resources.The Community Resources Group Hotline is 651-638-2177.
3/27/2020: Update from Mayor Johnson
3/25/2020: Community spread of COVID-19 in Minnesota and nationwide is increasing. By staying at home, we will limit the spread of COVID-19 in New Brighton and communities across every corner of the state. Beginning on Friday, March 27, 2020 at 11:59 pm through Friday, April 10, 2020 at 5:00 pm, all persons currently living within the State of Minnesota are ordered to stay at home or in their place of residence except to engage in the Activities and Critical Sector work set forth in Governor’s Emergency Executive Order 20-20. https://mn.gov/governor/covid-19/faq.jsp
3/23/2020: Residents may use this form to submit public comment for City Council meeting on 3/24/20. Submission deadline is Tuesday, March 24 at 5:30 PM
3/20/2020: The City Council meeting scheduled for March 24 will be conducted electronically under the authority of MN State Statutes 13D.021 since an in-person meeting is not possible due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. To watch the meeting, visit www.newbrightonmn.gov or tune into CTV Channel 8023 (CenturyLink) or Channel 16 (Comcast).
3/19/2020: Update from Mayor Johnson
3/13/2020: The City of New Brighton remains open for business as it continues providing essential community services. However, as announced by Mayor Valerie Johnson yesterday, public access to our facilities will be temporarily suspended beginning at 5pm today with the closure anticipated to last until April 1st.
During this time, City employees in all municipal departments will continue working and remain available via telephone and email for resident assistance.
We anticipate no interruption in the delivery of core services for public safety and public works, including law enforcement, firefighting, and emergency medical response, along with safe drinking water, sanitary sewer operation, and infrastructure maintenance.
The City of New Brighton recognizes that the closure of public facilities and curtailing some municipal services will cause inconvenience for members of our community. Staff will be performing extra cleaning of City buildings during the closure in anticipation of welcoming the public back into these spaces as soon as practicable, tentatively on April 1st.
Please continue to monitor our City website for further updates. Finally, we ask that everyone follow the Minnesota Department of Health’s Strategies to Slow the Spread of COVID-19 in Minnesota: https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/action.pdf
3/13/2020: For questions on how the closure affects The Eagles Nest, Recreation Programs and Membership, and Reservations, please read the Parks and Recreation Facility Closure FAQ.
3/12/2020: As a provider of essential community services, including law enforcement, firefighting, and emergency medical response, along with assuring safe drinking water, sanitary sewer operation, and infrastructure maintenance, the City of New Brighton is implementing enhanced safety measures to limit the potential for community transmission of COVID-19.
Effective end of business on Friday, March 13th, the City of New Brighton will be closing all of its facilities to public access until at least April 1st. Essential services will continue without interruption. City employees will be available by telephone and email during this closure.
City Hall and the Community Center will be closed to the public. This closure extends to all publicly accessible operations within those buildings, including the Eagles Nest, Ramsey County Library, license bureau, passport office, building permits, and administrative services.
This social isolation effort is designed to protect the health of our municipal workforce so that our emergency first responders can continue to provide mission-critical functions assuring that community members have ready access to 911 services for police, fire, and EMS response. Further, we need to assure that operators for our municipal water supply, sanitary sewer, and infrastructure maintenance remain available and healthy to report for work.
Additional updates will be posted on the City of New Brighton website. COVID-19 is a serious public health issue and it requires the public’s help to respond. Thank you for your patience, understanding, and support as we focus our municipal resources on assuring continuity of operations for our core services.
3/11/2020: In response to the first cases in Minnesota, MDH has opened a hotline for the general public to call with questions they may have at 651-201-3920. The MDH hotline is open Monday - Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.