orono's response to Coronavirus (COVID-19) 

The City of Orono takes the COVID-19 pandemic very seriously and is proactively working to minimize public health risk by following the recommended guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention and the Minnesota Department of Health.

To prioritize the health and well-being of our community, and to help slow the spread of coronavirus the City Hall lobby is closed to all visitors, however the Orono Police Department reception window is open.  A material drop off area has been established in the vestibule located at the front entrance of City Hall.  Visitors may use this drop off area for any payments, plans, or other materials for the City to apply to their accounts, permits, and licenses.  

The City of Orono will remain fully staffed during regular business hours to answer any questions by phone or email.  The City will continue to closely monitor the situation and will communicate significant updates as needed. 

Please feel free to call or email us at anytime with questions.  City Hall 952-249-4600.


Resources and information

The following agencies and organizations continue to provide the latest information surrounding the Coronavirus.


Office of Governor Tim Walz & Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – What you need to know

Hennepin County Public Health 

Provides updates related to confirmed cases in Hennepin County

Minnesota Department of Health  

Provides Minnesota Updates & Strategies to Slow the Spread of COVID-19 in Minnesota

MN Department of Health COVID-19 Hotline

8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

World Health Organization

Provides World-Wide updates & Information about COVID-19

Video from Minnesota Commissioner of Health – Jan Malcolm

Basic information about COVID-19

metro cities - association of metropolitan municipalities 

Provides city officials with updates on state responses and other resources on COVID-19

stay home mn - executive order 20-20 

Governor Walz Issues Stay at Home Order for Minnesotans.  Executive order directs Minnesotans to limit movement to slow the spread of COVID-19.  To slow the spread of COVID-19 across the state, Governor Tim Walz signed Executive Order 20-20 directing Minnesotans to stay at home and limit movements outside of their home beyond essential needs. This order takes effect at 11:59pm on Friday, March 27 and ends at 5:00pm on Friday, April 10.  Below is the update on the COVID-19 pandemic as it pertains to Minnesota as of 5:00 p.m. on March 25, 2020.


What the City is doing  

  • We are planning — the City’s staff are committed to maintain all essential services during the COVID19 pandemic.
  • We are cleaning — with a focus on disinfecting high-touch areas daily at all City facilities.  City Hall is wiping down all doors, counters and other areas periodically throughout the day.  The City has established a materials drop off location in the front entrance vestibule to protect its citizens, visitors and staff members.  We are providing hand sanitizer for visitors to wash hands.
  • We are implementing Minnesota Department of Health recommendations as outlined by the CDC — the City is following mitigation guidelines including encouraging social distancing measures with staff and the public, and reducing activities.  
  • We are following Minnesota Department of Labor – Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19

What we ask of you  

  • Take basic protective measures against the coronavirus – Stay informed and aware of the latest information about the COVID-19 outbreak. 
  • Wash your hands – Wash your hands with hot soapy water for 20 seconds before, during and after visiting City facilities. 
  • Practice Respiratory Hygiene – Practice respiratory hygiene by making sure you and the people around you cover your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze.  Why?  Droplets spread virus. 
  • Stay home — if you are sick or have been exposed to someone who is sick, please conduct City business online or by phone.  If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention early and call in advance.  Follow the directions of your local health authority.
  • Do your part  don’t flush disinfecting wipes, baby wipes and other non-flushable personal hygiene products, these items are solid waste and must be disposed of with other refuse in the trash and never flushed down the toilet. If flushed, especially in large quantities, even wipes labeled as “flushable” can completely block the sewer and cause messy, expensive sewer backups into homes.