Coronavirus (COVID-19)


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As the coronavirus situation changes, we are committed to maintaining essential city services to the community. Your safety and the safety of our staff is of utmost concern. We thank you for your understanding and cooperation during this unprecedented and difficult time.

We would like to give you an updated on city services and how they are provided to you.

We continue to follow the recommendations from the CDC and the Minnesota Department of Health. For our facilities offering limited services, we request that you follow our guidance for safe physical distancing.

We are being diligent about cleaning and sanitizing all of our facilities, especially in common areas and on counters.

COVID-19 Preparedness Plan (PDF)

Mask guidelines (PDF)

Health screening checklist (PDF)

Building inspections

We are processing building permits online. Some building inspections may need to be rescheduled. Others may be conducted via video or photo.

Building inspections

Bus tokens

Bus tokens can be purchased at:

  • Just Food Co-Op
  • Cub Foods

City Hall

City Hall is open, however some offices within it remain closed. Call to make appointments for necessary administrative services.

Main phone: 507-645-8833.

Staff directory


The DMV is open.

State’s COVID -19 Relief Bill has extended the expiration date for valid drivers’ license, including instruction permits, provisional licenses, operator permits, limited licenses, and farm work licenses, and any Minnesota identification cards during the peacetime health emergency. Once the peacetime emergency ends, people with expired licenses will have two months to get a valid license.

Also, the deadline to obtain a Real ID is now October 1, 2021 and the criteria for identification proof was broadened.

Learn more about renewing vehicle tabs

Minnesota Driver and Vehicle Services news

Garbage and recycling

Pickup days for curbside recycling and garbage is normal. DSI has normal service for bulk pickup, trash and recycling.

Visit DSI


Northfield Hospital + Clinics is not allowing deliveries of items for patients or staff at Northfield Hospital. This includes flowers, food, newspapers and cards. This helps minimize the ways virus may enter the hospital – via items themselves, or delivery people.

Laundry and essential personal care items (like shampoo and body wash) may be delivered for Long Term Care Center residents and Medical/Surgical patients.

Vendors of hospital supplies are asked to please contact their department directly to discuss deliveries.

Northfield Hospital and Clinics

Northfield Hospital and Clinics is able to test any symptomatic patient and asymptomatic people (no symptoms) who have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID. Exposure is being within 6 feet for more than 15 minutes without a mask to a person who has tested positive for COVID.

Find testing locations

More information is available on the health tips and resources section on this webpage.

Ice arena

The ice arena is closed following the governor's orders. Once open again, participants must follow COVID-19 protocols.

View ice arena guidelines


The library building is open and our online resources are open! If you or anyone in your household is sick or has symptoms, do not enter the library. Wearing a mask that covers your mouth and nose is required to protect library staff and other patrons. If you don’t have a mask, we’ll give you one to keep. Fabric masks are offered for free and are reusable. Limit your stay. Toys and many soft furnishings have been removed to facilitate a clean and sanitary environment. Library staff are cleaning and disinfecting at regular intervals throughout the day. Follow social distancing. Keep 6 feet from library staff and other patrons. Follow staff guidance, posted signs, and floor markings to ensure adequate spacing.

All programming and outreach events are suspended. We encourage you to take advantage of our electronic resources such as ebooks, movies and e-audio books. We are growing our robust online content to provide services.

If you don’t have a library card call the library Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for immediate access to our online content.


Northfield Public Library

Liquor store

The Northfield Liquor Store is open with new hours. We are only accepting credit and debit card payments at the register. We continue to take measures to keep physical distancing and are diligent on extra sanitizing and cleaning throughout the day. We are also offering call ahead orders by credit card and able to meet customers at the door so they don’t have to enter the building.


Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Call ahead orders 507-645-5153


We are conducting City Council meetings via teleconferencing.

If residents would like to comment on City Council items, we recommend using the online commenting feature. Once the City Council agenda is published, the eComment link will be active. Residents can review agenda item details, indicate their position on an item and leave feedback by clicking on the eComment tab on the City Council meetings page

City Council meetings page

Comments may be submitted until noon on the day of the meeting. Residents may also use the Register to Speak option to sign up in advance to speak at the meeting.

Directions on using eComment and Register to Speak


Park and playground use during coronavirus

Parks and playgrounds are open. However, park users must maintain at least 6 feet from anyone not in their household and avoid group play. Families and guardians should be careful to ensure children wash hands after touching play structures.

Executive Order 20-38 Allowing for Safe Outdoor Recreation


The Police Department is still providing public safety services but modifying some procedures.

For non-emergency services, please call 645-4477.

As always, for emergencies dial 911.


The pool is close for the season. Visit the pool page for more information.

Old Memorial Pool


No interruption in service. We are maintaining city streets.

Utility bills

Four options to pay:

  • Pay utility bill online
  • Phone: 1-877-885-7968 (Payment Service Network)
  • Drop box - put payment in an envelope and drop in the drop box by west entrance.
  • Mail

Water and wastewater

The City water department are providing clean and safe drinking water. We continue to handle safe and sanitary management of waste from our wastewater plant.

Do not flush anything other than toilet paper and body waste down your toilet.