COVID-19

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The City of Forest Lake is coordinating closely with our partners at Washington County and the Minnesota Department of Health and following their recommendations for our response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  To assist residents in locating the most up to date information on COVID-19 we have assembled links to County, State, and Federal agencies.  The Minnesota Department of Health has also set up a hotline for questions.  The hotline is open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday at 651-201-3920.

Upcoming Public Meetings and Events
All non-essential event and reservations in City owned facilities have been cancelled until April 1, 2020.  Meetings of the City Council which need to be held will be remotely via phone or other electronic means.  These meetings will continue to be livestreamed on the city’s website www.cityofforestlake.com.

City Hall

With the Governor’s issuance of a stay at home declaration, the City of Forest Lake will be closing City Hall to the public beginning on March 30, 2020 through Friday April 10, 2020.  

 While the offices are closed to the public, staff will continue to work to ensure continuity of operations for all city residents.  During the closure of city hall, please use the contact information below.  Please note that due to the circumstances there may be a delay in responding to inquiries.  

 General Information: info@ci.forest-lake.mn.us
 Non Emergency Police: 651-464-5877
 Emergency Police: 911
 Emergency Fire: 911
 Building Inspections: 651-464-4349
 General Building Permit Information: FLinspections@ci.forest-lake.mn.us
 Public Works Utility: 651-209-9743
 Public Works Streets/Parks: 651-209-9729
 Utility Billing: 651-255-0970

 All city staff will also be available via their phone and email.  

Building Department
Until further notice the Building Department will prohibit scheduling of interior inspections of occupied buildings.  The City of Forest Lake is committed to serve the City and its citizens during this unprecedented time and will continue to schedule inspections for all exterior and construction projects where the home is not inhabited. If your building in occupied and you feel an interior inspection is needed due to unique circumstances please contact the building department at 651-464-3550 to discuss your situation.

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COVID-19 Weblinks and Agency Phone Numbers



Washington County Public Health and Environment


Minnesota Department of Health


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)


Business and Unemployment Resources



City of Forest Lake Information

Declaration of  Local Emergency (updated 3-20-2020)


On March 19th the Forest Lake City Council approved a Declaration of Emergency for the City of Forest Lake due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. The declaration of a local emergency is an important first step in ensuring that the city is fully prepared to respond to an increase in local COVID-19 cases should the need arise. The declaration allows for the City to activate its Emergency Operations Center if it becomes needed. Additionally, if the cost of the response exceeds local resources, the city will be able to apply for state and federal emergency response dollars. The declaration also allows for the City Council and its advisory boards and commission to meet remotely (via phone or other electronic means) rather than in person. A full copy of the emergency declaration can be found here.

Declaration of Emergency (updated 3-17-2020)
Last evening, Mayor Bain signed a Declaration of Emergency for the City of Forest Lake due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. This Thursday evening, the Forest Lake City Council will vote on the Declaration of Emergency. The declaration of a local emergency is an important first step in ensuring that the city is fully prepared to respond to an increase in local COVID-19 cases should the need arise. The declaration allows for the City to activate its Emergency Operations Center if it becomes needed. Additionally, if the cost of the response exceeds local resources, the city will be able to apply for state and federal emergency response dollars. The declaration also allows for the City Council and its advisory boards and commission to meet remotely (via phone or other electronic means) rather than in person. A full copy of the emergency declaration can be found here.

The meeting on Thursday is an open meeting, however, it will be conducted electronically with the councilmembers attending remotely by calling into City Hall. Residents wishing to view the meeting will be able to do so using the city’s meeting livestream.


Forest Lake Senior Center Closed Until April 6 (Updated 3-16-2020)


The Forest Lake Senior Center will be closed from March 16 to April 6 due to precautionary measures surrounding the Coronavirus.  All Senior Center programs have been cancelled and the Center will be closed.  The Center will reopen again after April 6, 2020.  


City Parks

The City of Forest Lake’s parks and trails remain open to the public; however, the city’s outdoor playgrounds will be closed for use since there is no way to clean and disinfect the equipment. The city recognizes the importance of nature in helping to relieve stress during this time and are committed to providing a safe environment for visitors to enjoy, while protecting the health of city staff and the community.  To help residents safely enjoy the city’s trails and open space here are a few tips:

  • Follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) guidance on personal hygiene prior to heading to trails: wash hands, carry hand sanitizer, do not use trails if you have symptoms, cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, etc.
  • Observe at all times the CDC’s minimum recommended social distancing of 6 feet from other people. Practice it and know what it looks like. Keep it as you walk, bike or hike.
  • Note that trail and park users will find public restrooms closed — be prepared before you leave and time outings so that you are not dependent on public restrooms.
  • Bring water—public drinking fountains should not be used.

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