COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information
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.
Additional aspects included in Phase III of the Stay Safe MN plan include:
- Limited occupancy rates based on risk, with an overall occupancy maximum of 250 people.
- Restaurants can begin offering indoor dining while maintaining social distancing, requiring reservations, and seating no more than 50 percent occupancy.
- Gyms, personal fitness and yoga studios, and martial arts may open at 25 percent capacity.
- Indoor entertainment venues, such as theaters and concert halls, can open at 25 percent capacity.
- Recreational indoor entertainment venues, such as bowling alleys, arcades, and museums may open at 25 percent capacity.
- Personal services, such as salons, tattoo parlors, and barbershops, may increase occupancy rates to 50 percent while requiring reservations.
- Outdoor entertainment venues, such as sporting events, concerts, and theaters may open at 25 percent capacity.
- Places of worship can increase occupancy rates to 50 percent.
Updates by Departments
City Council approved waiving late fees for the first quarter utility bill that was due on May 22. Utility bill payments can be placed in the drop box outside of the City Hall entrance door.
- 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 payments 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
- 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
- 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.
- Ramsey County is providing emergency assistance to small local businesses adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Small Business Relief Fund will provide grants of up to $7500 to small businesses most in need of support.
Parks & Recreation
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.
Playgrounds/Basketball & Tennis Courts
- Open and users should use them at their own risk while maintaining a social distance. Areas are not regularly sanitized.
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.
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/fall activities can be done online. Dates are subject to change.
- For questions, email Parks or call 651-766-4045.
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 - 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