COVID-19 Impact on City Services

January 7, 2021

Washington County Local Business Relief Grants

In early January 2021, Washington County received $5,058,997 in county relief grants for local businesses as approved by the State Legislature on Monday, December 14, 2020. The county received this allocation from the state on a per-capita basis, and is directed by law to use the funds to make grants to individual businesses and non-profits that, to the extent it is feasible for the county to determine, are located in the county; have no current tax liens on record with the Secretary of State, and are impacted by an executive order related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

More Information

September 10, 2020

The Cares Act Small Business Relief Grant Program Reopened Today for an Opportunity for More Grants.

Applications for grant funding through the Open to Business Program will be accepted beginning at 8 am on September 10th through 4:30 pm on September 24th. For updated information, please visit the CDA’s economic development website.

Community Development Agency

The grant program guidelines were expanded to be considered for eligibility

  • Businesses with up to 75 full-time equivalent (FTE) employees. (previous was set to 50 FTE)
  • Business in operation as of January 1st, 2020. (previous was six months prior to March 1st)
  • Businesses with annual revenues up to $5 million. (previous was $3.5 million)

Tyler Hilsabeck, Washington County Open to Business Advisor, is the program manager and will be handling all of the program and application details. Please have inquiries directed to Tyler:

Tyler Hilsabeck
Open to Business - Business Advisor
Washington County
Phone: 612-789-8838
Email Tyler Hilsabeck

August 21, 2020

Deadline for Washington County Coronavirus/Covid-19 Relief Funding Application Is August 24, 2020

Homeowner Relief Program

Small Business Relief Program

May 21, 2020

Limited Access to City Park Facilities

Bayport parks and playgrounds will be open effective May 22, 2020. The Lakeside Park swimming beach and Beach House will remain closed for the time being. Please adhere to Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines on social distancing when visiting parks and public spaces.

March 16, 2020

Bayport Declares Local Emergency

Mayor Susan St. Ores issued a declaration of local emergency related to the evolving COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic during a Bayport Special City Council meeting on Monday, March 16. A resolution was passed extending the local emergency indefinitely with direction to adjust or suspend operations to support the employees and residents of the city.

City Facilities Close to Public

Following guidance from state health officials, the City of Bayport will close most facilities to public access effective March 18, to limit the potential for community transmission of COVID-19. This includes the Bayport City Hall, Police Department, Fire Department, Library, Public Works, and park/recreation buildings. The city asks for the public’s patience and understanding of this action. The decision to close city facilities and implement enhanced safety measures was made in collaboration with our public health partners at the local, county, and state level with the health and well-being of the community, citizens, businesses, and city staff in mind. This community mitigation effort is designed to protect the health of city staff and safeguard its ability to deliver services, including emergency access to police, fire and emergency medical service (EMS) response.

Essential Services Remain Available

Essential city services will continue without interruption for the immediate future. City staff will be available by telephone and email during closure of facilities. Staff contact information can be accessed under the "City Departments" section of the website. Common city forms, handouts, licenses, and permits can also be found by department at the left sidebar under "City Forms and Handouts."

Updates on changes to city services will be communicated via the website and email notification system. Citizens interested in receiving timely updates are encouraged to subscribe to “Email Notices” section of the website.

City Hall / Administration 

The best and most efficient resource for city information at this time is the website. Submittal of applications or general city correspondence may be delivered to the secure drop box located near the front entrance to City Hall, mailed, emailed, or faxed.

City Hall
294 3rd Street N
Bayport, MN 55003
Fax: 651-275-4411
Email City Hall

Public Safety – Police & Fire Departments

The Police and Fire Departments will continue to be fully staffed and operate under normal conditions without interruption. All programming has been canceled until further notice. If you have a police, fire, or medical emergency call 911.

Municipal Utilities – Public Works Department 

The Public Works Department will continue to be staffed and operations will continue, including municipal water and sewer utility service.

City Meetings, Events, Programs Suspended

In-person meetings of the City Council, Planning Commission, and Library Board will likely be suspended to comply with the COVID-19 health pandemic and the peacetime emergency declared by Governor Walz. As an alternative, these meetings may be conducted by telephone or other electronic means, pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, Section 13D.021, until such time as it is no longer impractical or imprudent to resume in-person meetings. To ensure proper social distancing protocols are strictly followed, all other city gatherings, park reservations, activities, and programming will also be cancelled through April 30.