What is the City Doing
We are Implementing MDH recommendations - The City of Willmar is following the guidelines outlined by the CDC including social distancing measures with staff and the public, and reducing or canceling some meetings and activities. We are also working closely with Kandiyohi Emergency Management, and public safety officials, along with EMS, and county and state partners to protect our community.
We are Planning - Like all Minnesota cities, the City of Willmar takes the COVID-19 pandemic extremely seriously and is proactively working to minimize public health risk. Essential services — including public safety, emergency services, public works, and water and sewer utilities — will continue, as usual, however, as of Tuesday, March 17th., the City of Willmar has temporarily closed all City Buildings to the public to protect our citizens and staff during this pandemic. If a citizen needs to conduct business, please contact the numbers listed below for each respective building/department, and City Staff will make every effort to assist you. As of May 22nd, all City Playgrounds and Dog Park have reopened for public use.
Statewide Masking Mandate
We are helping local businesses - Our desire is to assist local businesses with a variety of obstacles many have seen during this unusually troublesome time. City ordinances for Signs and rules for Public Rights-of-Way have been adjusted to accommodate many businesses in Willmar that may benefit from this type of assistance.
Sign and Deposit Fees have been waived for Business Owners
In order to assist businesses that might want to place temporary signage indicating that they are “Open for Business” during the peacetime state of emergency caused by COVID-19, the City of Willmar has temporarily waived the sign and deposit fees for this permit. Businesses are asked to contact Sarah Swedburg, City Planner to identify the business location/address of the temporary sign and to obtain the application.
An Ordinance Passed Temporarily Permitting Limited Sales and Delivery of Services within Public Rights-of-Way
An Ordinance has been passed allowing Restaurants and Bars to make use of public rights of way, including parking spaces and sidewalks, to add or expand their outdoor dining areas while restrictions still remain in effect.
DOWNLOAD the Application for Outdoor Alcohol Sales
DOWNLOAD the Guidelines for Outdoor Bar and Restaurant Service
DOWNLOAD the Commercial Use of Public Property City Handout
Brush Site Rules during COVID-19
Changes have been made in order to follow social distancing guidelines when citizens visit the
Brush Site. Get the information here.
Current News and VALUABLE Information
City Hall Reopen for Walk-In Customers
On October 5th, Willmar City Hall opened for walk-in customers. All social distancing requirements including the wearing of masks inside the building are required. If access past the front counter is required, the person will be screened by answering a series of COVID-19 related questions and a non-contact temperature reading.
While City Hall has reopened to the public, we will continue to abide by the Governor’s order by having those that can work remotely, continue to do so. If you need assistance from one of the remote workers, please call their contact number to conduct business or set up an appointment to meet them.
Statewide Masking Mandate
Gov. Tim Walz announced a statewide mandate Wednesday, July 22nd, requiring Minnesotans to wear face masks in stores, public buildings, and other places where people gather indoors.
View the Executive Orders from Governor Walz.
Public Health Updates
Download the Kandiyohi County Emergency Management & Public Health Resource Page which lists contact information for many essential services and programs in Willmar and the Kandiyohi County area.
For the latest updates from Kandiyohi County, Public Health visit the Emergency Management website.
Housing Assistance Program
The COVID-19 Housing Assistance Program launched by Minnesota Housing on August 24th. The Kandiyohi County Housing and Redevelopment Authority is a local administrator of the funds. Other local administrators include United Community Action Partnership, Salvation Army, and the Southwest Minnesota Housing Partnership. This program is valuable to homeowners and renters who have been impacted by COVID-19 through the loss of employment, illness, or other COVID-19 related reasons and need assistance in paying housing and utility bills incurred after March 1st. The following document gives information on those that may qualify for assistance. CHAP Fact Sheet
Willmar city covid-19 archive
City Council Adopts Ordinance Temporarily Permitting Outdoor Seating in Right-of-Way
The Willmar City Council has adopted an Emergency Ordinance permitting a Limited Sales of Goods and Delivery of Services within the public rights-of-way and other City-owned property during the Covid-19 Emergency.
View the Adopted Ordinance
Playgrounds and Dog Park Re-opened
The City of Willmar has reopened all playground equipment and the Willmar Dog Park for public use. All Willmar parks are open for public use as well. Please follow the guidelines set by the Minnesota Department of Health:
- Maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet at all times from others, except for members of the same household.
- Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; if soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Anyone with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 (including fever, cough, or difficulty breathing) should stay home and not engage in outdoor activities.
- Play at your own risk.
- No gathering of 10 or people at one time.
Willmar Mayor's Updates
- VIDEO Watch the Mayor's Press Conference on Emergency Preparedness for COVID-19 3/18/20
- VIDEO Watch the Mayor's COVID-19 Update 3/24/20
- VIDEO watch the COVID-19 Update from Mayor Marv Calvin, and Council Member Vicki Davis 4/6/20
- PRESS RELEASE read the Mayor's News Release 4/10/20
- VIDEO Watch the COVID-19 Update from Mayor Marv Calvin & Council Member Fernando Alvarado 4/29/20
- VIDEO Watch the COVID-19 Update from Mayor Marv Calvin & Rep. Dave Baker in Somali 5/2/20
What Can You Do
As more interaction between people is allowed, we must protect those in our communities that are most vulnerable to the virus. Find out more about Governor Walz and Lt. Governor Flanagan’s executive order to strongly encourage Minnesotans at the greatest risk of serious illness to continue staying home while providing them with additional protections.
Whenever movement is made to ease restrictions, we must also protect the safety of those returning to work. Our state’s health care workers, emergency responders, and other professionals are doing their jobs under demanding and stressful conditions to provide services to Minnesotans. Find out more about Governor Walz and Lt. Governor Flanagan’s executive order to safeguard workers.
More about the Stay Safe MN Executive Order.
For Frequently Asked Questions about the Stay Home Order visit the state of Minnesota FAQ page.
Don't Flush That
Paper Towels, Napkins, Disinfecting Wipes, Baby Wipes, Personal Hygiene Products, should never be flushed down the toilet. These items are solid waste and must be disposed of in the trash. Even wipes that are labeled as “flushable” can completely block the sewer and cause messy, and very expensive sewer backups into homes at the homeowners' cost.
Use our Dropbox
Because our Buildings are closed to the public, documents such as Permits, Applications, and even Parking Tickets can be submitted by placing these items in our Dropbox on the south side of the building.
City Services Contact Information
Administration/Human Resources/City Clerk: 320.235.4913
Planning and Development/Building and Rental: 320.235.8311
Engineering/Public Works: 320.235.4202
Parks and Recreation: 320.235.1454
Fire Department Non-emergency: 320.235.1354
Willmar Wastewater Treatment Facility: 320.235.4760
PUBLIC WORKS GARAGE
Willmar Public Works: 320.235.3827
WRAC TV STUDIO
WRAC Local Access TV: 320.231.0594