COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information
City Staff Available by Phone/Email to Provide Essential Services - City Facilities Closed to the Public
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and in an effort to encourage social distancing, the City of Little Canada has closed all City facilities to the general public through May. the health and safety of our community members, our staff, and their families is the top priority for the City of Little Canada. Essential services to the community, including, police, fire, emergency medical response, and utilities will continue to be provided without interruption.
City staff will continue to monitor the phones and email. Please call 651-766-4029 with any questions. Individual contact information for staff can be found in the Staff Directory.
Stay Safe MN
Beginning May 18, non-critical businesses, like retail stores and main street businesses, can reopen if they have a social distancing plan and operate at 50 percent capacity. Additionally, the Walz-Flanagan Administration is assembling guidance on how to safely reopen bars, restaurants, barbershops, and salons beginning June 1. Additionally, Minnesotans are welcome to gather with friends and family in groups of 10 or less with safe social distancing practices in place. Additional information can be found at Stay Safe MN.
Local Declaration of Emergency
The Little Canada City Council passed a resolution declaring a local emergency related to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic during the Little Canada City Council meeting on Wednesday, March 25, 2020.
Information for Businesses
Updates by Departments
At the April 8 City Council meeting, the City Council approved not applying late fees to delinquent utility accounts that are due on May 22, to ease the financial burden on residents and businesses that are struggling economically due to COVID-19.
- All payments will be accepted at the drop-box outside the City Hall entrance door. Exact change is required for cash payments.
- All drop-box payment will be processed the following business day
- It is also possible to pay online
- City staff is available to answer questions over the phone at 651-766-4029.
Property Taxes - Deadline extended to July 15 for qualifying taxpayers
The deadline for payment of first-half property taxes for qualifying Ramsey County property owners who are financially impacted by the COVID-19 crisis has been extended from May 15 to July 15, 2020. Additional information can be found on the Ramsey County Page.
Permits & Licenses
- City offices are still open for business and processing permits, even though public counters are closed.
- Information for permits and licenses can be found on the Permits & Licenses webpage.
- Forms can be completed and sent via email or dropped off in the payment box in the front lobby.
Community Development and Planning
- Daily operations of Planning, Zoning, and Code Enforcement will continue will be available by phone and email.
- Information for zoning permits and licenses can be found on the Permits & Licenses webpage.
- Questions regarding planning or zoning please contact Corrin Wendell, Community Development Director/Planner at 651-766-4046 or email Corrin.
- New permit applications can be mailed to:
City of Little Canada
515 Little Canada Road East
Little Canada, MN 55117
- Please visit the Planning & Community Development webpage for additional information.
- The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) is creating an emergency loan program to help Minnesota small business owners who need immediate assistance to meet their families’ basic needs during COVID-19 closures. Little Canada small businesses should send questions about this emergency loan program to NHer@mccdmn.org.
Parks & Recreation
Little Canada parks and trails remain open to the public. The city recognizes the importance of recreation and exercise in helping relieve stress during this time and are committed to providing a safe environment for visitors to enjoy while protecting the health of city staff and the community.
- For the safety of the community, particularly children, we are complying with the Governors Executive Order - Stay At Home and have posted all playgrounds closed to reduce the transmission of COVID-19.
Basketball & Tennis Courts
- Basketball and tennis courts remain open. Users are advised to maintain a social distance.
Here are a few tips for using the parks and trails:
- Follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) guidance on personal hygiene prior to heading to trails: wash hands, carry hand sanitizer, do not use trails if you have symptoms, cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing.
- Observe at all times the CDC’s minimum recommended social distancing of 6 feet from other people. Practice it and know what it looks like. Keep it as you walk, bike or hike.
5K Sap Run
- The 5K Sap Run that was scheduled for Saturday, May 2, has been canceled. We look forward to seeing everyone at the Sap Run in 2021.
Additional steps being taken in the Parks & Recreation Department are:
- The Old Fire Hall community space is closed for rentals and programs. Full refunds will be processed for affected rentals.
- Facility rental requests are not being taken at this time.
- Registration for summer activities can be done online. Dates are subject to change. All spring activities have been canceled.
- For questions, email Parks or call 651-766-4045.
The Public Works department has suspended all non-emergency related fieldwork that involves customer contact. This includes non-emergency water meter appointments. We will continue to respond to water main breaks, leaks, and emergency water shutoffs at properties. We will also respond to emergency sewer back up calls. We continue to perform preventative maintenance of the sewer and water systems to make sure everyone is able to use both systems. We urge people to flush only human waste and toilet paper into the sewer system. All other products including diapers, “flushable” wipes, rags, and paper towels should be deposited into the garbage. Thank you for your cooperation in keeping the sewer system working as it should.
Utilities, Organized Trash & Recycling Collection
COVID-19 Prevention Tips
Preventing the spread of any virus is key to minimizing individual and community impacts. Some actions the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend residents can take now to help reduce the risk of infection and spread of the disease include:
- If sick (fever/cough) STAY HOME
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Cover your sneeze or cough with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash immediately and wash your hands
- Wash your hands often throughout the day
- Practice social distancing by staying home as much as possible, avoiding large crowds and keeping a 3- to 6-foot distance between you and others when you go out
- Get in the habit of NOT touching your face – eyes, nose, and mouth
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe. Don’t forget phones, keyboards, and door handles
- Clean your work area at least once, ideally twice a day
- Forgo the handshake for a wave or “elbow bump”
- Eat healthy and stay hydrated
- Get plenty of rest