Ramsey County to close government buildings for six days, retool for coronavirus

From park buildings and libraries to government offices, Ramsey County is suspending all of its non-emergency walk-up services for six days, after which they will reopen with significant changes.

From Tuesday to Monday, March 23, public entrances will be closed at park buildings, Ramsey County’s suburban libraries, the Government Center East building on Kellogg Boulevard, 90 W. Plato Blvd. and St. Paul CareerForce Centers.

Phone-based, online and emergency services will continue, and county employees are expected to show up to work as usual. The St. Paul City Hall/Ramsey County Courthouse building at 15 Kellogg Boulevard W. will remain open until further notice.

During the closures, county employees will help “modify and redesign service delivery approaches … that drastically reduce person-to-person contact,” according to a written statement from the county. The new service approaches will be based on state and federal public health guidance.

Frederick Melo, Reporter@FrederickMelo

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The Ramsey County Board of Commissioners is expected to approve a “State of Emergency” declaration at 9 a.m. Tuesday.

Similar to the declarations made by the state of Minnesota, the cities of St. Paul and Minneapolis, and elsewhere throughout the country, the declaration allows Ramsey County officials broad powers to make immediate decisions to protect the health and safety of county residents and employees. More information is online at RamseyCounty.us.