Who do I call if I have questions on what the Minnesota stay safe order includes?
Please DO NOT call 911 unless it’s an emergency.
Can I report people congregating in groups?
Do not call 911 to report people who are not staying home during the stay safe order. Call 311 if you have concerns about the voluntary compliance of the stay safe order involving a business, organization or a group gathering in a public space. We will route all calls to the appropriate City staff for potential action.
Are there emergency permits or waivers issued so people may drive during this stay safe order?
No, there’s no need for permits or waivers since there are a number of reasons people can be out and about to tend to essential needs, like picking up groceries and prescriptions. Some businesses in essential industries have provided letters to their employees, but these are not necessary.
Will police be pulling people over to see what they are doing?
No. Police may approach groups of people congregating to ensure they are practicing safe physical distancing and to discuss essential activities. The Minneapolis Police Department will not be pulling people over to see why they are not staying at home.
Can police arrest people who do not follow the order?
The Minneapolis Police Department is prioritizing outreach and education in enacting the order. If violations are observed, officers will attempt to make contact with the individuals and discuss their activity.
We anticipate that our first order of business will be to educate residents on expectations outlined in this order and the importance of distancing. Our officers will first offer encouragement to comply with the order for the safety of themselves and their neighbors.
As a last resort, officers have enforcement options available under the law to address outright refusal, including a misdemeanor citation or being booked into jail. The Minneapolis Police Department's goal and expectation is voluntary compliance so that we all do our best to keep our Minneapolis residents, workers and visitors healthy and safe.