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Call center staff will be available to answer questions about COVID-19 response efforts and resources in the community. The number for the hotline is 507-328-2822.
03/27/2020 4:45 PM
The City of Rochester encourages local lodging facilities to temporarily adjust practices for Rochester residents
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Rochester is asking local lodging and hospitality businesses to temporarily adjust their "local resident" policies.
04/06/2020 6:31 PM
Rochester organizations unite to offer two new economic support options to local businesses and nonprofits
To assist local businesses and nonprofits who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing guidelines, the City of Rochester has allocated up to $100,000 in emergency funding.
04/06/2020 3:24 PM
To reduce impacts on property owners during the COVID-19 response, the City of Rochester is temporarily relaxing enforcement of Chapter 8-5. – Tall Grass and Weeds (grass taller than 12 inches) through October 2020 to allow residents who have been impacted by COVID-19 to focus on higher priorities.
04/06/2020 8:50 AM
Beginning today, Rochester Public Transit (RPT) is suspending fare collection aboard on all buses and routes and requiring passengers to board and exit the bus using the rear door.
04/04/2020 10:08 AM
As COVID-19 continues to spread throughout the country and here in Minnesota, the Rochester Fire Department (RFD) is taking additional steps to slow the spread of the virus in our community.
04/03/2020 11:10 AM
“What about the pets?” For those who are home-bound and at-risk during the pandemic, this is another question many may be asking. The Rochester Police Department Animal Control and Rochester Pet & Country Store are offering a solution: home delivery.
04/03/2020 9:04 AM
Rochester Police Department’s message to victims of domestic violence and abuse: “We are here for you. We are here to help.”
Echoing the message of many who feel concern for those who are at home and finding themselves victims of domestic violence, the Rochester Police Department has released an informational video in hopes its message will reach victims and encourage them to seek help.
04/02/2020 1:56 PM
The Rochester City Council meetings scheduled for April 6, April 20, May 4 and May 18 will occur at 3:30 p.m. The public can view the council meeting remotely on broadcast television or via livestream.
04/02/2020 9:41 AM
The City of Rochester remains committed to slowing the spread of COVID-19 in our community and has therefore installed fencing around the Silver Lake Skate Park to deter groups of individuals from congregating there and further promoting the spread of COVID-19.
04/01/2020 12:33 PM
Community Service Officers and Cub Foods develop unique partnership to assist in local COVID-19 response
The Rochester Police Department’s Community Service Officers (CSO) and Cub Foods have developed a unique partnership to help the at-risk and elderly residents of Rochester.
03/31/2020 9:33 AM
To discourage the use of Rochester Parks group facilities during the Governor's Stay at Home Executive Order, tennis and pickleball courts have been padlocked; rims have been removed from basketball courts; and playgrounds and the skate park at Silver Lake have been signed as “closed.”
03/28/2020 7:49 AM
City of Rochester continues its efforts to support local businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.
03/26/2020 8:44 PM
On Tuesday, March 31, local families can pick up free, thirty-pound boxes of food at various school locations. The boxes include approximately enough food to feed a family of four for a week.
03/26/2020 4:55 PM
In response to the executive order by Minnesota Governor Tim Walz to “Stay at Home”, the public is asked to limit transit use to essential needs only for a period of two weeks beginning Friday.
03/26/2020 3:28 PM
Local law enforcement supports Governor Walz’s “Stay at Home” Executive Order through education and encouragement efforts
The Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office and Rochester Police Department are strongly encouraging residents to abide by the regulations put forth in Governor Walz’s “Stay at Home” Executive Order, but local law enforcement will not be actively looking for violators on the roadway.
03/26/2020 1:36 PM
The community can remain confident the City of Rochester is prepared to continue providing critical services, and will continue clearly communicating what residents can expect in terms of City services, as well as regarding resources available to the community for both individuals and businesses.
03/26/2020 8:09 AM
The Rochester City Council would like to thank the community for their collaborative efforts in addressing this unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic and Governor Walz’s “Stay at Home” executive order.
03/25/2020 3:23 PM
A temporary Day Center officially opened Monday morning, from 8AM-8PM, in the Mayo Civic Center Exhibition Hall. The center will be open every day.
03/23/2020 12:38 PM
The City of Rochester, Rochester Area Economic Development, Inc. (RAEDI), the Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce, the Rochester Downtown Alliance, and Destination Medical Center are collaborating to develop initiatives to promote economic stability in Rochester in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
03/21/2020 12:25 PM