Resolution Number 11-20
RESOLUTION NUMBER 11-20
LIMITING CITY SPONSORED/PERMITTED PUBLIC GATHERINGS
WHEREAS, the Center for Disease Control has identified a potential public health threat commonly known as COVID-19 is a new strain of Coronavirus which has been characterized as a pandemic by the World Health Organization; and
WHEREAS, COVID-19 has been identified in Minnesota and as of March 15, 2020 been identified as spreading through our communities independently of foreign travel or additional introduction from outside of the State; and
WHEREAS, in order to attempt to minimize the risk of COVID-19 both the State and local governments have implemented cautionary measures including which have been guided by the Center for Disease Control and the Minnesota Department of Health; and
WHEREAS, on March 13, 2020 the Governor of the State of Minnesota issued Executive Order 20-01 declaring a peacetime emergency and ordering the coordination of Minnesota’s Strategy to Protect Minnesotans from COVID-19 these declarations and coordinated efforts continue today and are expected to continue in some form through the foreseeable future; and
WHEREAS, it is clear that COVID-19 poses a high risk of rapid spread where large groups assemble which in turn increases the risk to the health and safety of all residents of a community; and
WHEREAS, one of the primary features of the State and local government strategies for reducing the spread and risk associated with COVID-19 is to restrict assemblies and events that bring together large groups in close proximity; and
WHEREAS, many activities that are often hosted, permitted, or supported by the City of Mountain Iron during the summer months, including city festivals, parades, fireworks displays, and organized celebrations, attract large groups of residents and citizens in close proximity; and
WHEREAS, the City of Mountain Iron is committed to promoting the health, safety, and well-being of its residents; and
WHEREAS, regardless of changes in the degree of restrictions implemented at a State level, the danger posed by the rapid spread of the COVID-19 virus will continue through the summer of 2020.
NOW, THEREFORE, be it resolved by the City of Mountain Iron that the following measures will be implemented for the promotion of the health, safety, and well-being of its residents:
- Between May 18, 2020 and October 1, 2020 the City of Mountain Iron shall put in place and observe a moratorium on social events that are likely to draw large crowds including but not limited to: City sponsored, supported, or permitted festivals, parades, firework displays, and formal celebrations.
- Between May 18, 2020 and October 1, 2020, the City of Mountain Iron will not host or make any public facilities available to any group of 10 or more persons unless the group requesting use of the facilities shall secure and provide proof of a policy of insurance covering the event in a minimum coverage limit of one million dollars and adheres to all then existing State restrictions.
- That the City of Mountain Iron shall abide by all restrictions imposed either through State Executive Order or by the Department of Natural Recourse’s Outdoor Recreation Guidelines in the operation of their parks, beaches, campgrounds and pubic recreation spaces.
IT IS FURTHER RESOLVED, that the City of Mountain Iron strongly urges its residents to abide by the restrictions of the State and local government authorities as outlined in any validly issued rule, regulation, or executive order.
DULY ADOPTED BY THE CITY COUNCIL THIS 18th DAY OF MAY, 2020.
Mayor Gary Skalko