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Local State of Emergency Declared 3/20/20 12:00pm

City of Paynesville Press release:

Considering higher level directives and declarations, and in reference to Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 12, a local state of emergency has been declared, effective 12:00 noon CDT today, March 20, 2020 for the City of Paynesville. The city's emergency operations plan has also been activated. This order remains in effect until 12:00 Noon CDT, Monday March 23, 2020. An emergency council meeting has been called for 11:45 AM CDT, Monday March 23 to review the situation and potentially extend this declaration.

City hall is designated as the city's emergency operations center. Considering the level of this emergency, the center will not be open 24 hours. Regular emergency contact methods are in effect.

For now, all city offices remain open and services continue, subject to change of course. Mitigation methods have been and will continue to be in place. If possible, residents are asked to conduct city business by phone or electronically rather than in person.

Emergency Services Director Tom Fread and I thank our citizens, businesses, and guests for their patience and understanding so far. We ask for the same as we progress through this situation.

Contact information, status updates, and continuing information is and will be posted on the city's website, as well as distributed by other usual methods of city information.
Mayor Jeff Thompson