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Posted on: March 18, 2020

PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY DECLARED IN BROOKLYN CENTER

Brooklyn Center, MN, March 18, 2020 – After the declaration of a public health emergency, Mayor Mike Elliott, joined by City Manager Curt Boganey and the city’s Emergency Management Officer/Fire Chief Todd Berg announced details on the City's COVID-19 planning efforts.  Effective  March 18, all public buildings in Brooklyn Center with the exception of the police department is closed to the general public.  The Police counter service will be open for police related business exclusively. The other buildings will remain closed until April 1 or until further notice. “Essential services will continue without interruption. Brooklyn Center City employees will be available by telephone and email during this closure,” said Boganey.

The declaration, which was later approved during the emergency City Council meeting allows for city personnel and resources to be directed towards the response effort. The City is collaborating with three community food assistance organizations: Community Emergency Assistance Programs (CEAP); The Centre for Asian and Pacific Islanders (CAPI); and West African Family & Community Services (WAFCS). Clare Brumback, President of Community Emergency Assistance Programs (CEAP) and Edmund Ocansey, Program Director of West African Family & Community Services (WAFCS) provided community updates during the press conference. Both representatives addressed steps their organizations are taking in response to this pandemic. Each of the three organizations will be provided financial assistance in the amount of $10,000 to support their services and food delivery efforts, during this pandemic. Additionally, City staff and vehicles can be utilized to support the effort to help deliver food to those in need. The City also encourages local stores to place limits on the purchase of items in demand during this Emergency to discourage hording and to help ensure everyone within the City has as an opportunity to access needed supplies; and to establish senior only shopping hours to help protect seniors. 
To learn more, see video links to press conference or declaration below:
 
Videos
https://ccxmedia.org/cities/brooklyn-center-mayor-declares-local-public-health-emergency/ 

YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gw3owsQQ_w0&feature=youtu.be 

Declaration 
http://www.cityofbrooklyncenter.org/DocumentCenter/View/7751

Mayoral Proclamation 2020-01

Mayoral Proclamation 2020-02


The City will continue to provide updated information on cityofbrooklyncenter.org and Facebook.com/BrooklynCenterMN. To receive alerts about general emergencies register for "NotifyMe Alerts” at https://www.cityofbrooklyncenter.org/notifyme.




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