Stay Home MN

To slow the spread of COVID-19 across the state, Governor Walz signed Executive Order 20-20 directing Minnesotans to #StayHomeMN and limit all movement outside to home to essentials from Friday, March 27th through Friday, April 10th.

The Governor also issued executive orders extending the closure of bars, restaurants and other public accommodations until May 1st and authorizing the Commissioner of Education to implement a Distance Learning Period for students beginning on March 30th through May 4th.

More FAQs and help hotlines here:

Stay informed

  1. Find the City’s list of Frequently Asked Questions for businesses.
  2. Information for food businesses, and other businesses affected by closure orders, is on the City’s website at
  3. Visit Strategies to Slow the Spread of COVID-19 in Minnesota
  4. Visit the Minnesota Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention websites often
  5. Learn more about Sick and Safe Time. Sick and safe time is a law in Minneapolis protecting time off work.
  6. Sign up for the new COVID19 newsletter from the City of Minneapolis. The newsletter will keep you informed on the coronavirus impacts on Minneapolis and will share information on important resources. 

    Sign up link for the Minneapolis COVID 19 newsletter. From the Alert/Reminders drop down list, select Coronavirus News and Updates. 

Neighborhood Business Update

Here at SAENA we love our neighborhood businesses – here’s the status of each business and we’ll keep you updated if anything changes.

NE Moose Bar & Grille

356 Monroe St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413
(612) 623-4999

Spring St. Tavern

Closed until further notice.

355 N.E. Monroe St
Minneapolis, MN 55413

Gopher Liquor

Gopher Liquor will remain open as long as we can, pickup or purchase in store.

For curbside pickup, please call 612-623-4444 to place your order. Then come to store, have credit card and ID ready, and we will process payment and bring your order to you.

You may purchase in-store, too. We have been and will continuously implement extra cleaning and sanitizing procedures. We will take extra precautions by limiting the number of customers in our store at a time.

We are also looking into delivery and will post if available. We are not taking current events lightly and appreciate your support in these times.

Children’s Dental Services

Hello Children’s Dental Services Partners, Patients and Supporters!
I hope this finds you all staying healthy and safe as we work through the landscape of COVID-19.

We want to let you know that Children’s Dental Services is available to serve any patient with urgent care needs during this time, whether or not it is a current patient of record, and regardless of age. Given the lack of access to urgent and emergency services, our providers will serve anyone from birth to 100 plus. If you know of, or are a patient with active caries/cavities, pain, swelling or any other urgent care need, please call 612-746-1530 or 1-866-543-6009 to schedule an emergency appointment. Please pass this information on to anyone who can benefit from it.

Thank you all for your partnership and support!

Children’s Dental Services
636 Broadway Street NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413
Main: 612-746-1530
Toll free: 1-866-543-6009

Based on the recommendations of the Minnesota Board of Dentistry, Children’s Dental Services will be closing its clinics and operations to all NON-emergency care starting tomorrow, Tuesday March 17, 2020 through Tuesday March 31, 2020 as we work to contain the spread of COVID-19. If you are in pain or have a dental emergency, please call 612-746-1530 and Children’s Dental Services staff will connect you to the care you need

Vegas Lounge

Due to the public health emergency declared by Mayor Frey, we’ll be closing on Tuesday, March 17th til further notice.

We recommend singing in the shower to satisfy your karaoke fix until then.

Clare Housing

The COVID-19 pandemic is changing our lives minute-to-minute. Wherever you are, and whatever you’re doing, we want to reach out to say that we hope you’re OK.

Over 77% of our residents experienced homelessness prior to moving into Clare Housing. If it weren’t for you and the support of community members like you, these vulnerable adults could still be on the street, couch-hopping, or living in a car or a shelter — all the more at risk to this outbreak.

Your support is protecting over 254 individuals and families right now, and for that we are incredibly grateful. We want you to know how valued you are, and how you have already made a difference. Thank you.

Many of you have asked how you can help. During times of stress, offering kindness to others can be a huge source of comfort. At the same time, we appreciate that there is a lot of financial uncertainty out there. That’s why we have a number of meaningful no-cost and low-cost ways to support our residents. You can find a whole list and instructions here:

Our residents and staff thank you!

Cali’s Vietnamese

Dear Cali’s customers,

As the COVID-19 situation evolves, Cali’s restaurant is open as regular hours everyday from 11 A.M. to 9 P.M.

We only open for take-out and delivery only at this time until further notice from the Health Department.

We hope you all stay safe and healthy during this virus pandemic. Thank you for your support and continue to support us until now.

Cali’s management

648 Broadway St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413

Dinsmore Laundry

Dinsmore Cleaners and Launderers
(Dry Cleaning, Laundry & Laundromat)

740 Adams Street NE

Open 8AM – 6PM Mon-Thurs
Open 8AM – 6 PM Friday
Open 8AM – 6PM Saturday
Open 10AM – 6PM Sunday

Uncle Franky’s

Uncle Franky’s is not shutting down! – Come visit the new Uncle Franky’s drive-in! Just in time to battle the COVID pandemic! (THE ORIGINAL LOCATION ONLY) All services drive up, drive-in, order online and call us for pick up!

Online ordering available through ,
delivery options : Postmates, DoorDash, BiteSquad, & GrubHub! (Or by calling 612-455-2181)

Temporary New Hours, Daily: 11am -2pm. 5pm-7pm (closed 2-5pm)

728 Broadway Street Northeast
Minneapolis, MN 55413

Update from Irene Fernando

Thank you to all of you who have reached out to our office over the last two weeks. Our office is issuing this statement in order to best respond to the many calls and emails we have received and to provide as much accurate and up-to-date information as we can at this time.

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact me at or 612-348-3526.

Thank you!

Bill Emory, Constituent Services & Policy Aide, Hennepin County Commissioner Irene Fernando’s District 2 Office

Updates on Hennepin’s State of Emergency and COVID-19

Posted on Friday, March 20th, 2020

On Friday March 13, Governor Walz declared a state of peacetime emergency for Minnesota. The following business day on Monday March 16, Chair Greene declared a state of emergency for Hennepin County. And the business day after on Tuesday March 17, the County Board voted on several policy measures. 

Policy and voting can be an elongated process. I believe there are many additional actions the County Board will need to take in the coming weeks. Thanks to the strength of Hennepin’s leadership, we were prepared to vote on meaningful policy actions in a timely and responsive manner. I thank my colleagues for their commitment and for passing each measure unanimously (7-0). Below see all the actions Hennepin has taken to date as well as actions I’m advocating for more broadly.

Actions Hennepin has taken, both as a service provider and as an employer:

  • Declared Emergency. To increase responsiveness, the County Board authorized County Administration special powers in how Hennepin coordinates or receives aid from local, state, and federal governments—and in the same action we immediately allocated $2.5 million to purchase and contract for all necessary goods, materials, supplies, equipment, and contracted services as part of the Hennepin County’s COVID-19 response.
  • Increased Shelter Funding. To proactively limit the impact among our most in need, namely seniors and other vulnerable people who are experiencing homelessness, the County Board authorized $3 million to secure alternative living spaces. County leaders have been working with shelters and will transport approximately 150 people to a new site, which will provide separation in space to mitigate the health risk.  
  • More Testing. To remove barriers for testing, Hennepin is waiving copays for COVID-19 testing to the extent permitted by law. I understand that there are other factors and barriers to testing, so County leaders are in conversation with partners to advance this topic.
  • Closed Public Spaces. To align with recommendations from the CDC, most County buildings are closed to the public. By federal and state statute, there are many services that are required to be delivered in person—so this decision is significant, and County leaders are working with State leaders to ensure compliance with the law and continuation of services. 
  • Equip Remote Working. All workers who are able are required to work remotely. Hennepin has provided guidance, remote tools, and equipment to accomplish this—and some of this may take some effort and patience to implement completely. I would like to note that this doesn’t apply to everyone, and the entire community is grateful for your service. Specifically: (i) workers who care for people in facilities, (ii) workers who investigate allegations of abuse or neglect, (iii) workers who protect our most vulnerable populations such as those experiencing homelessness, and (iv) workers who monitor court-ordered probationers/parolees.
  • Adjust Employee Policies. The County Board expanded support for employees during the pandemic. Specifically, we authorized: (i) eligibility for 80 hours for an employee who is required to be off work with a medically confirmed diagnosis of or exposure to COVID-19 for them or someone of their family or household, (ii) increasing the number of negative vacation/sick leave/PTO time that can be accrued to 240 hours, (iii) allowing for the ability to earn 80 hours back with continued employment at Hennepin, and (iv) an additional 80 hours of future PTO/vacation time for employees whose jobs cannot be done off-site and are on the frontlines of this crisis. I am grateful for the speed of these changes, and I understand that these policies may need to be further advanced or strengthened as the situation evolves. 
  • Shift Operating Procedures. This is an evolving time with much uncertainty. New information and dynamic factors are revealed constantly, and Hennepin is continually working to respond.

Actions I am advocating for in my leadership capacity as a Commissioner:

  • Adjust State Statutes. Suspending adherence to state statutes that conflict with Hennepin County’s ability to care for residents and our workforce.
  • Produce Protective Health Equipment. Identify businesses with the manufacturing ability to produce testing supplies and protective health gear and support them in increasing capacity immediately.
  • Provide Resources and Care for All. Expand access to public assistance programs and health care programs to all residents, regardless of citizenship status.
  • Stop Evictions. Suspending evictions and related proceedings, so that people can remain stably housed.
  • Increase Housing Stability. Expanding eligibility, speeding up processes, and supplementing access to rental assistance and homeless prevention programs, such as FHPAP and EA/EGA.
  • Increase Basic Needs. Expanding eligibility and speeding up processes for cash and food assistance programs, such as SNAP (food stamps) and MFIP.
  • Increase Economic Stability. Providing economic support for individuals, including Unemployment Insurance Benefits and other stimulus efforts.
  • Stop Mortgage and Rent Payments. Suspending mortgage and rent payments, which would benefit renters, homeowners, businesses, and the community as a whole.
  • Stop Loan Payments. Suspending loan payments (such as student or medical), which would benefit residents and spur economic development.
  • Stop Utility Payments. Suspending utility payments, which would benefit renters, homeowners, businesses, and the community as a whole.
  • Define Internet as a Utility. Defining broadband internet as a utility to be regulated (like water or electricity) versus a commodity (like goods or services), particularly in an environment where distance-learning and access to internet are required for other State functions such as education. 
  • Engage on 2020 Census. Increasing community outreach and engagement to ensure a fair and accurate count in the midst of this pandemic.
  • Secure Elections. Protecting our elections and preparing for a potential shift to elections primarily conducted by mail.
  • Reduce Correctional Facilities Population. Reducing the health risk for staff and people in correctional facilities by releasing low-risk offenders to home confinement, protecting them and staff from exposure.
  • Stop Deportations. Implement an immediate ban of deportations. Our interactions with other countries should be centered on this health crisis and not on the forced removal of our neighbors.

Support Clare Housing Residents

Hey neighbors! Clare Housing could use some love. Here are two ways you can help them out from the comfort of your own home!

Send a card with a positive message to one of our residents.

It doesn’t need to be made out to anyone specifically, just include an encouraging message or a quote that inspires you. Cute drawings by kids welcome! Residents are feeling isolated right now, and this can make someone’s day. Send it to:
Clare Housing, Attn: Positive Messages,
929 Central Ave NE,
Minneapolis, MN 55413.

Donate supplies you have already to residents in need.

If you have any spare paper towels, all-purpose cleaners, bars of soap, or toilet paper, please consider donating. Living with HIV, and on a very limited income, many need help with basic needs. You will be saving a resident from a potentially risky trip to the store. If you do have the resources to purchase new supplies, we do have specific needs for items like thermometers. You can find a full list of needs and instructions here.

Thank you for advocating for and supporting the people we house during this unprecedented time. If you’re wondering how we’re protecting our residents and staff at this time, you can stay up to date on our policies and procedures on our website, or contact me directly at

Cheryl Jensen, Interim Executive Director, Clare Housing

Neighbors Helping Neighbors

Board Member Scott and his family are using their #quarantinetime to clean up Community Commons Park!

Share a pic or message showing what you’re up to during your quarantine time and we’ll share with your neighbors!

Need resources or want to lend a helping hand?
Check out Neighbors Helping Neighbors on Nextdoor

Looking for other ways to stay busy during your social distancing? Apply to Adopt A Drain in your neighborhood! Great way to easily give back to your community!

Volunteer fifteen minutes, twice a month, for cleaner waterways and healthier communities. Storm drains flow directly to local lakes, rivers, and wetlands, acting as a conduit for trash and organic pollutants. Adopt a Drain asks residents to adopt a storm drain in their neighborhood and keep it clear of leaves, trash, and other debris to reduce water pollution.

-Adopt A Drain website

More info here:

SAENA’s COVID-19 Response

SAENA is committed to the health and safety of our community and will contribute to the global effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. That is why SAENA will be taking the following actions to better serve our residents:

-We will no longer host the March 23rd Community Meeting.
-SAENA staff will be working remotely.
-Meetings and events will be postponed until further notice, with the exception of the April Board of Directors meeting, which will be hosted on Zoom. More details on how to access that meeting soon!
-SAENA will continue to update you regarding events scheduled for later this season as we monitor updates from the Minnesota Health Department:

We appreciate your understanding in this challenging time and hope everyone stays safe and healthy!