A message from Mayor Wiersum

City of Minnetonka

A message from Mayor Wiersum

Dear Minnetonka residents,

Unprecedented. How many times have we used that word in the last few months? First with the pandemic, and now, with the murder of George Floyd and the aftermath of the past few weeks. Mr. Floyd’s senseless and unjustified killing – as well as that of Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery and so many others – are beyond devastating. But now is not the time to struggle for the right words. Rather, it is time for action.

A number of suburban mayors met virtually with Governor Walz this week. One of my counterparts suggested that cities are suffering from two pandemics: COVID-19 and racism. Those comments ring true to me. I am committed to using my voice and whatever influence I have to bring change. We must confront the biases we all have – as individuals and as a city – and we must act.

While COVID-19 has not been the primary focus lately, there is some positive news to share:

  • The rate of infections in Minnesota appears to be flattening despite the gradual reopening of the economy.
  • Over the past week, 5.9 percent of those receiving a test, tested positive.
  • Clinical trials of COVID-19 vaccine prototypes are underway and they look promising.

On Wednesday, we moved to “Phase 3” of the Governor’s “Stay Safe MN” plan. Stores, bars, restaurants, gyms and places of worship are reopening with restrictions. Outdoor gatherings of up to 25 people and indoor gatherings up to 10 people are allowed. The city is developing plans to partially reopen Williston Fitness Center and other facilities. Details will be provided to you very soon. Social distancing is the expectation for all gatherings.

Thankfully our businesses and economy are taking steps to reopen. However, I am compelled to respectfully implore you to follow CDC guidelines – wear a mask, wash your hands often, stay home if you’re sick, continue to social distance. Take extra precautions if you are in a higher risk group. Full reopening depends on our commitment to these vital precautions. We will get through this, but doing so successfully requires the diligence and best efforts of us all.

Please be safe, be kind, be well. You are in my continued thoughts and prayers.


Brad Signature

Brad Wiersum
City of Minnetonka


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