Coronavirus (COVID-19)


The League is actively monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and is working with other agencies to provide cities with timely, accurate and important information as it becomes available. This page is a resource for city officials, and will be updated on a regular basis. This is meant to be a resource page with trusted information for cities in North Dakota when managing municipal resources during the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak.

Emergency orders:

Fargo - Mayoral Executive Order
Grand Forks - Alcohol Sales 
Valley City - Alcohol Sales

City Mask Directives: 

Bismarck - Pandemic Mitigation Strategy 
Devils Lake - Mask Mandate
Fargo - Mask Mandate

Grand Forks - Mask Mandate
Jamestown - Emergency Order
Mandan - Mask Plan
Minot - Mask Mandate

New Rockford - Mask Mandate
New Town - Mask Mandate

Rugby - Mask Mandate
Valley City -
Mask Plan
West Fargo - Mask Strategy

Williston - Mask Order

State of North Dakota Resources:

ND Response COVID-19 Resources
North Dakota Coronavirus Information Dashboard
North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum Executive Orders

Open Meeting and Open Records Laws:

On March 30, 2020, Governor Burgum Issued Executive Order 2020-16 on Open Meeting Law

The Order suspends the requirements that a meeting room be available to the public and that a speakerphone or monitor be provided at a physical location under NDCC 44-04-19 when members of a governing body are attending a meeting via remote means. 

The Order further provides that when members of the governing body are appearing via remote means, the meeting notice must provide either a conference call number or an electronic link that provides real time or live streaming public access.

You can read the entire order here.

Open Meeting Laws during COVID-19 Emergency - UPDATED March 31, 2020

Conference Call Service Available to Cities - March 20, 2020

Open Meetings During COVID-19 National Emergency - ND Attorney General - March 16, 2020

Open Government Even more Important During Coronavirus Crises - ND Attorney General - March 18, 2020 

City Emergency Declarations:

ND Department of Emergency Services

Declaring Public Health Emergency for COVID-19

Example City Health Emergency Declaration 


Q & A Guidance from the State of North Dakota to its Employee Supervisors on handling Employee Related COVID-19 situations – March 26, 2020

Families First Coronoavirus Response Act Summary prepared by the State of North Dakota - March 26, 2020

COVID-19 Business and Employer Labor Resources - March 26, 2020

Families First Coronavirus Response Act required poster An employer’s posting requirement is satisfied by posting the poster in a conspicuous place on the work premises, e-mailing or direct mailing the poster to employees, or posting the poster to an internal or external website.   - March 26, 2020

North Dakota Department of Emergency Services/FEMA:

Information from the Disaster Recovery Chief - March 20, 2020

Eligible Emergency Protective Measures Fact Sheet - March 20, 2020

Submit Request for Public Assistance (RPA) - March 20, 2020

Seeking FEMA Assistance - March 20, 2020

Links to other Resources:

National League of Cities COVID-19 Resources