Bridge traffic between Grand Forks and East Grand Forks will not be affected by the spread of COVID-19 and the coronavirus.

East Grand Forks City Administrator David Murphy on Thursday evening said that is a question being asked in his community.

"The police department is getting calls, asking if the Minnesota governor's order means the bridges between the two cities are closing," Murphy said, referring to Gov. Tim Walz's order earlier in the week that restricts certain activities in Minnesota. "That is not even close to true."

Murphy said there is a chance the bridges could be restricted due to flooding, which is a possibility nearly every spring in the northern Red River Valley. This year's flood could be a Top 5 all-time flood, city officials and weather professionals have said, so bridge closures due to high water could occur.

"(The bridges) may close eventually due to flooding, but not because of COVID-19," Murphy said.

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