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Phillips Announces Office Policy to Allow More Flexibility During Coronavirus Response

 – In consultation with public health officials in Washington D.C. and Minnesota, Representative Dean Phillips has announced changes to office protocol to protect the public while continuing to serve his constituents.

This week, the U.S. Capitol Sergeant At Arms ordered limited access to the U.S. Capitol complex and Member offices due to COVID-19 until at least April 1, which means that constituents may not enter the U.S. Capitol and surrounding Congressional office buildings without official business and an escort. While this will restrict physical access to the D.C. office, Rep. Phillips’s constituents can still expect to:

  • Call our office at (202) 225-2871 in D.C. and (952) 656-5176 in Minnetonka. If a constituent reaches the office’s voicemail, that constituent will receive a return call from a Phillips staffer within 24 hours.
  • Reach out for assistance. If you need help with a federal agency, we may be able to help.
  • Send emails and letters. The best way to contact my office is by sending me an email.
  • Schedule meetings. You can still meet with a member of my team by contacting the appropriate office. Please note that, if staff are working remotely, these meetings will need to occur via telephone or videoconference.
  • Join our Coronavirus Briefing Call with Sen. Tina Smith: They will discuss the latest on the coronavirus response by Minnesota public health experts.

 “It’s important we all find creative ways to adapt during this critical time,” Rep. Phillips said. “While closings, social distancing, and changes to our daily routines can generate fear, please know it’s the pragmatic and responsible approach to protecting our healthcare professionals and ensuring hospital capacity can meet expected demand. We will succeed together.”

Rep. Phillips's Minnetonka office will remain open while operating at reduced hours from 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM, and constituents are encouraged to call in first for meeting requests. Capitol tours will be postponed until the complex is reopened.