ROCHESTER, Minn. - The city of Rochester is making changes to the way it operates as the coronavirus hits closer to home.
On Friday the city announced it's asking employees to not attend in-person conferences, workshops or seminars.
The city is also limiting in-person meetings in favor of working remotely to prevent the spread of illness.
Emergency management director Kenneth Jones explained, "We know that we can't half it but we know with just a few simple practices we can keep the spread down and by keeping the spread down we can lessen the impact on individuals who are at risk."
The city says these changes shouldn't impact the community and the city will continue to operations as normal as possible at this time.
ROCHESTER, Minn. - A number of items are being implemented immediately in the city of Rochester to address the Coronavirus pandemic.
The city, in a press release Friday, said the items will be in place until April 30.
The action being taken is listed below:
"This decision was made for the City of Rochester as an entity; this is not direction being set by the City of Rochester for any other organization or entity.
• Teammates are not to attend in-person conferences, workshops, or seminars
• External, in-person training is suspended
• Non-essential, internal training is suspended
• All in-person recruitment activities are suspended
• Teammates are asked to limit in-person meetings
• Working remotely is strongly encouraged as deemed appropriate by department heads to decrease the number of teammates at work
• All City of Rochester sponsored open houses/engagement efforts, unless legally required, are suspended (note: we are still working on legally required land use public meetings)
• We will recommend to the City Council at its Monday, March 16 meeting that all Advisory Board/Commission/Committee meetings be suspended (same note as above for land use decision making and Charter Boards)
All City services remain fully functional. We do have online/digital tools and the community is encouraged to use those wherever possible. If your business requires you to come to a City office in person, please maintain a respectful distance of at least three feet between yourself and other customers."