Stay Safe and Updates

St. Paul Ward 5 UpdateBusiness Mentor

Become a business Mentor

Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Workforce

The City of Saint Paul and community partners launched call for volunteers to serve as business mentors in new "Pay It Forward" business mentor program. 

Leveraging an existing business mentor model developed by SCORE Saint Paul, Pay It Forward will engage an array of volunteers with financial and business experience to support local business owners who need assistance in navigating COVID-19 grant and loan relief opportunities. Learn more and apply at

REtail Occupancy Calculation

Retail Occupancy Calculation

The City of Saint Paul’s Department of Safety and Inspections has created an online tool that will help small business owners easily calculate 50% retail occupancy capacity based on total square footage. 

Effective May 18, 2020, all retail stores, malls and other businesses that sell, rent, maintain and repair goods can reopen for in-person sales as long as they: 

    • Have adopted and implemented a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan, including social distancing guidelines for workers and customers 
    • Allow no more than 50% of the establishment's occupant capacity inside at any time 
    • The orders, based on public health guidance, rely on voluntary compliance by business owners. City of Saint Paul staff are prepared to provide information and guidance to owners as needed to ensure the safety and health of all their workers and customers.  
    • Learn more about the Governor's Stay Safe MN order here.

Stay Home if you can

Minnesota has made good progress on slowing the spread of COVID-19. As we continue the process of reopening our economy and returning more Minnesotans to work, we must continue social distancing practices to save lives and stay safe.

Not everyone will be returning to work it's a phased approach. As of May 18, we have moved into a new phase in our journey: #StaySafeMN. 

If you can stay home, please stay home. 

Click on the photo below for guidance for businesses.

New Rules - May 18th

COVID-19 testing sites

Testing sites are designed to keep you and health care workers safe. Sometimes you may stay in your car. Other sites will screen you before you come indoors. Many sites will require an appointment before you arrive in order to ensure they’ve collected your contact and insurance information. 

Please review directions specific to each site before you go. Click the photo below to be directed to the website. 

Testing Locations

A hopeful thought

Appropriately named Skywalker, the new baby sheep at Como Zoo was named on May 4th. 

Click the photo below to read the article.  

Baby Skywalker

Wash your hands, stay at home and don't forget to find ways to connect with one another. We are in this together. 

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Saint Paul Parks and Rec is seeking your feedback on summer programming: Summer Programming Survey

The Saint Paul Public Library is also asking residents what you would like to learn about: SPPL What would you like to learn about? 

The Science Museum is making the Omnitheater movies available online: Omnitheater Videos

Adopt a Drain: Adopt a Drain HERE

Saint Paul Multi-Language Line for COVID-19 Info: 651-266-6000 or 

Saint Paul Public Library COVID-19 Updates:

Ramsey County Mental Health Services: RamCo Mental Health Resources

Ramsey County Health is also providing guidance and resources regarding the coronavirus: Ramsey County COVID-19

Minnesota Department of Health's web resources: Department of Health: guidance for all Minnesotans

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