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The City of Andover is actively engaged with the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), Anoka County Public Health and other local partners following the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) protocols with regard to the COVID-19 virus.The CDC and MDH have robust websites that contain the most up to date information on COVID19.• CDC Website (Link Below)• MDH Website (updated daily) (Link Below)• Anoka County Website (Link Below)City of Andover COVID-19 PreparednessThe City of Andover’s first priority is the safety of Andover residents, vendors, customers, and employees. To that end, the city is aligning with the CDC and MDH guidelines pertaining to COVID-19.Following guidance from state health officials, effective Monday, March 16th, to Monday, April 10th, the City of Andover will be changing some of its operations to limit the potential for community transmission of COVID-19 virus.The following changes will be implemented effective immediately.Day to Day Business at City HallAll service counters will remain open and cleaning procedures will be instituted after each contact with the public. Residents and city staff are reminded to take basic safety precautions and practice social distancing:• Do not shake hands• Wash hands with soap for 20 seconds after any contact• Strive to maintain a 6-foot distance between yourself and others• Cover cough or sneeze with arm• Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth• Stay home when sick, with any illnessPublic Reservations of all City Facilities (City Parks, City Hall, Community Center, Senior Center)All public reservations both during and after hours of all city facilities are discontinued or cancelled effective immediately. This will be reevaluated after April 10th.City Hall doors will be locked at 4:30PM, with the exception of city meetings, and will open again at 8AM, Monday through Friday.City Sponsored Parks and Recreation ActivitiesAll activities taking place at city facilities or run by city staff scheduled from now until April 10th are cancelled. This will be reevaluated after April 10th. City facilities include: • Public Works• City Hall• All City Parks (including playgrounds)• Andover Senior CenterResidential Building Inspections Effective immediately with exceptions for emergency service, interior residential building inspections for occupied homes will be suspended until April 10th. Interior photographs or videos may be submitted to the Building Inspections Department in lieu of having an inspector make direct observations. This includes interior alterations, remodeling, window and door replacements, plumbing, mechanical and electrical inspections.Subject to an inspector’s review and approval of photographs and/or video, ongoing projects may continue. All exterior inspections and inspections of non-occupied areas will continue as usual.Submittal of permit applications and issuance of building permits will continue as usual. For your convenience, note that fifteen (15) permit types are available online at the city website. All other permit types may be submitted at City Hall or submitted via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org As questions arise, please contact the Andover Building Inspections Department at 763-755-8700.Solicitors PermitsNo permits will be issued at this time until April 10th, when we will re-evaluate. Ongoing UpdatesThe city asks for the public’s patience and understanding of these actions. Essential city services will continue without interruption. These steps are being taken to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. The city will be assessing these changes and updating preparedness measures as needed. Please check the city’s website often for the most current updates.