The City Council voted today at a special emergency meeting called by Mayor Jacob Frey to extend several policies enacted during the COVID-19 pandemic to support businesses and workers.
The State’s COVID-19 peacetime emergency ended today. Mayor Frey and the City Council, however, have acted to extend some local emergency regulations to provide a planned, phased end to those temporary regulations that have supported local businesses and workers in Minneapolis during the past year.
The extended regulations include:
- Waiving late fees for renewal of food, taxi, liquor, wine, beer, or catering licenses until Sept. 30, 2021.
- Suspending license renewal installment fees for liquor, wine or beer until Sept. 30, 2021.
- Easing several zoning and licensing regulations specific to restaurants and bars until Sept. 30, 2021.
- Setting rules for third-party food delivery platforms and services extended until Sept. 30, 2021.
- Granting an additional 80 hours sick leave available to certain City employees to use for COVID-19-related situations through Dec. 31, 2021.
- Amending certain paid leaves for qualified emergency responders subject to provisions of the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act and the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act through Dec. 31, 2023.
"Today, the City Council unanimously approved my proposal to extend the City's existing local public health emergency through the end of September to continue supports for community businesses and City employees. This phased approach to bringing our local emergency to a close will allow us to continue providing much-needed community support and plan for a thoughtful return to in-person public meetings," said Council President Lisa Bender. "A silver lining of the pandemic’s remote work environment has been a dramatic increase in public access to participate and observe not only City Council and Committee meetings but all of the City's boards and commissions. Our staff are working to determine the technical and budget feasibility of continuing remote access for hybrid meetings after a return to in-person meetings."