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Posted on: May 18, 2020

COVID-19: Community Update on May 18

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Stay Safe MN Effective May 18

Governor Walz modified Minnesota’s “Stay-at-Home” order, allowing non-critical businesses to reopen provided businesses:

Learn more about Stay Safe MN and see frequently asked questions.

For testing information, see COVID-19 screening tool and test sites.

City Hall On the Road to Re-Opening

Your city council and city staff have been planning for an anticipated re-opening of city hall and other city facilities. This week, city staff is implementing safety measures to protect citizens and staff as they conduct city business and provide services to the public. City hall remains closed to the public the week of May 18, with the exception of very limited in-person services. At this time, that includes accepting deliveries and allowing contractors to pick up water meters or building permits by appointment only.

Beginning Tuesday, May 26, city hall will re-open to the public with safety restrictions--including social distancing, hand sanitizing stations, face masks and signage--in place.

City Services

Even with extended closures, we continue to provide vital city services including: clean drinking water, flushing toilets and public safety response.

Many city employees continue to work remotely, providing city services through the magic of technology. We ask for your patience and understanding as we all do the best we can to provide the high level of service to which the city is committed. Most of our standard city services are available via phone or online at Contact city employees online or by phone, Monday–Thursday, 8 am-4:30 pm and Friday, 8 am-noon for any city business. Services available include:

  • Pay utility bills, apply for building permits, watch public meetings.
  • Report pothole or street repair  or general concern.
  • Building inspections for new construction and for life/safety issues continue.
  • Non-essential residential inspections such as change-outs of furnaces, air conditioning units, water heaters and water softeners are temporarily delayed.
  • Sprinkler and fire alarm inspections continue.
  • Essential water and sewer repairs continue; non-essential repairs are postponed. Do not flush “disposable” wipes, rags or paper towels, which can cause blockages.

Victoria Recreation Center

The recreation center remains closed until such time as it can open with appropriate safety precautions in line with recommendations from MDH and the CDC. During this time, you can enjoy virtual fitness classes with your favorite instructors!

City Council and Committee Meetings

The city council and citizen committees continue to conduct business remotely using virtual technology in compliance with open meetings laws, and will do so at least through the end of May. You can view meeting agendas and watch meetings live or later on your personal electronic device or watch city council meetings live on Mediacom Channel 8.

  • Select Notify Me on the city’s website to get email or text notifications about upcoming meetings.
  • Submit comments or questions to city council or committees prior to the relevant meeting.
  • Participate in open forum or public hearing part of city council and committee meetings by calling a conference phone number. Those wishing to speak are encouraged to notify the city in advance. Instructions will be published on meeting agendas in the event of a public hearing.

Community Resources

Resources for local businesses, mental health, food assistance, childcare and more are compiled and regularly updated on our website at

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