Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Coronavirus (COVID-19) 

image of COVID-19What 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

Current News and VALUABLE Information

1/11/21 City Hall Open to Public Access
Following the Governor’s easing of the restrictions on eating establishments and other places of gathering, Willmar City Offices will now reopen to the public on Tuesday, January 12. Social Distancing and masks while inside the building will be enforced. 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.
If you need assistance from one of the remote workers, the city is asking you to call their contact number to conduct business or set up an appointment to meet them at City Hall. Department phone numbers are available at the bottom of this page.

11-13-20 Kandiyohi County Public Health is advising people to stay home and limit unnecessary exposure to COVID-19. 
Kandiyohi County is seeing a very steep increase in individuals testing positive for COVID-19. As the number of positive cases rises in our community, the number of COVID-19 related deaths also rises. There is an immediate concern that, without changes, our hospitals may reach capacity. We must do all we can to prevent that from happening and ensure that every person who needs a hospital bed can get one. Currently, clinic and hospital staff absences due to COVID-19 are increasing and may limit the ability to care for patients.

Starting today, we encourage businesses, places of worship, and community groups/clubs/organizations to decrease the spread by limiting unnecessary activities, meetings and events as much as possible while following the Governor’s new Executive Order guidance. If you don’t need to go out, please stay home. We need our community to step up and help slow the spread. It is critical that we all do our part in assuring this active community transmission doesn’t continue to grow.

Local public health is working closely with the Minnesota Department of Health as they follow their process for contact tracing and investigations, which includes notifying individuals who have tested positive and those who have been in close contact with that person. Utmost patient privacy considerations are followed when notifying others of potential exposures. We are seeing delays in test results and want to remind everyone that if you have been tested but have not received results, you still need to self-isolate until you receive confirmation of results. If you have not heard from the Minnesota Department of Health or Local Public Health, please follow guidance which can be found on the Minnesota Department of Health Website.

With the very steep increase of widespread confirmed COVID-19 cases in our community and the associated increase in COVID-related deaths, it is critical that the residents of Kandiyohi County continue to stay home, wear a mask, practice social distancing, and continue good hand washing. If you are experiencing: fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, headache, muscle pain, sore throat, the new loss of taste or smell, or had potential exposure to a person with COVID-19, call the Carris Health Nurse Line, and they will direct you to the correct course of care.

July 22 - 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
Dated 5/29/20
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

Dated: 5/22/20

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

What Can You Do

Stay Safe
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
Finance: 320.235.4984


Parks and Recreation: 320.235.1454

Fire Department Non-emergency: 320.235.1354

Police Department: 320.235-2244

Willmar Community Center: 320.262.5288

Willmar Wastewater Treatment Facility: 320.235.4760

Willmar Public Works: 320.235.3827

WRAC Local Access TV: 320.231.0594