The City of New Ulm extended the declaration of emergency related to COVID-19 health concerns. City Manager Chris Dalton requested the declaration be extended to the second council meeting in May on May 19. New Ulm initially declared a state of emergency during the March 17 city council meeting. During this meeting the council limited the declaration to the next council meeting on April 7. This is to give the council an option to extend the declaration if needed. Minnesota statute grants the authority to the mayor to declare a local emergency. President Donald Trump and Gov. Tim Walz’s emergency declarations remain in place. Dalton gave an update on city activities since the declaration was made. This includes closing Park and Recreation and roping off park playground equipment. City Hall was closed and staff that can work from home. He said the Recreation Center may remain closed all summer because the facility was already scheduled for construction in July.