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.

On March 29, 2020, Quarantine Order issued for Individuals traveling back to ND

State Health Officer Mylynn Tufte signed an order directing individuals to quarantine for 14 days if traveling back to North Dakota from all international locations and states in the U.S. classified as having widespread disease by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  

The updated list of states can be found on the North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) website at  

You can read the entire order at

Governor Burgum’s executive order revised March 27, 2020

Effective noon March 20, 2020 through April 6, 2020:

All restaurants, bars, breweries, cafes and similar on-site dining establishments are closed to on-sale/on-site patrons; take-out, delivery, drive-through or off-sale services may continue; and

Recreational facilities, health clubs, athletic facilities and theaters, including movie theater and music or entertainment venues are directed to close and cease operations.

Effective midnight March 28, 2020 through April 6, 2020:

All licensed cosmetologists, including estheticians and manicurists, and all salons operated by licensed cosmetologists, including esthetician and manicurists salons or services and licenses barbers and barber shops are directed to close and cease operations; and

All elective personal care services provided in: 1) tattoo and body art facilities, to include individuals providing tattoo and body art services; b) tanning facilities and c) massage facilities and individual massage therapists are directed to close and cease operations.

North Dakota League of Cities Information

COVID-19 Call for All North Dakota Cities Recording - March 24, 2020

Q & A From COVID-19 Call for All North Dakota Cities - March 25, 2020

City and Park Facilities - March 23, 2020

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 at:

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

Process for Declaring Emergency

Example City Emergency Declaration


State Officials Provide COVID-19 related cybersecurity threat information - March 30, 2020 

Cybersecurity Resources - March 30, 2020

Telework Security Threat - March 30, 2020


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

Press Releases/Affiliated Group Announcements

COVID-19 Related Scams

ND Office of State Treasurer Press Release - March 18, 2020

HR Conference POSTPONED 


Housing Agency Urges North Dakotans to Talk to Your Mortgage Servicer or landlord First - March 23, 2020

COVID-19 Sampling Precautions - March 24, 2020

Online Credit Card Processing Service for Cities - March 24, 2020

Human Services’ Public Behavioral Health Clinics Continue to Serve - March 24, 2020

ND Medicaid Receives Waiver to Implement Temporary Program Changes - March 26, 2020

NDDOT COVID-19 Response - March 26, 2020

EPA Urges States to Support Drinking Water and Wastewater Operations During COVID-19 - March 30, 2020

Links to other Resources

North Dakota Department of Health

National League of Cities COVID-19 Resources 

Business and Employer Resources - March 19, 2020

Mutual Aid Agreements - March 20, 2020

U.S. Small Business Administration - March 23, 2020