ROCHESTER, Minn. - Rochester city leaders are in favor of a shutdown.
During a special meeting Monday, the council urged Gov. Walz to issue an executive order that would prohibit public and private gatherings and close all non-essential businesses.
A local emergency would allow the city to take measures like directing the City Administrator to implement a new employee protocol to ensure safety with all employees. It also declares council and board meetings be held virtually.
"These are unprecedented times. We need to take action. If we're looking across the world at what's happening in other countries, if we're looking at the United States at our borders, where the disease landed first, we need to take quick and really firm action to stop the spread," Mayor Kim Norton said.
This declaration would also allow the city to implement a curfew for residents if they so choose.
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