As the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation continues to evolve, Discover St. Louis Park is committed to keeping you informed with the latest developments. The well-being of our community, visitors and guests is of utmost importance and we are committed to doing everything we can to support and respond to the situation.
On March 13, 2020, Governor Walz declared a peacetime emergency related to COVID-19 and encouraged community mitigation efforts. On March 25, the Governor issued a new executive order, asking everyone to Stay at Home. The order includes the continued closure of all restaurants, bars, coffeehouses, brewpubs, craft breweries and distilleries, theaters, museums, music venues, gyms and fitness centers, bowling alleys, country clubs and dining clubs. The order DOES allow businesses to continue takeout and delivery services. The closures are expected to end on April 10.
To help protect the health and wellness of the St. Louis Park community, the City of St. Louis Park has closed all city facilities to the public until April 10. This includes city hall, the municipal service center, fire stations 1 and 2 and the police station. Those services will still be provided and residents are encouraged to connect with city staff through the city website, by phone and by email. In addition, the REC Center, ROC, and Westwood Hills Nature Center interpretive building will be closed to the public until further notice. The closures include all rentals and programs scheduled at these facilities. Trails and outdoor areas will remain open for visitors.
All St. Louis Park public school buildings are closed until May 4. The district is offering distance learning to all students, from April 6 through May 1. The schools are also offering neighborhood delivery of free grab-and-go meals for students 18 and under on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays. Park-Adam school buses will stop at 14 different locations for 45-minute windows of time. During pick-up times, students and families will be able to pick up bag lunches as well as a bag breakfast meal for the following morning. Peanut-free options will be available. Meals will include a protein, a grain, a fruit, a vegetable and a beverage.
The City of Golden Valley has been reviewing its emergency protocols and resources, including collaborating with Hennepin County and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). To help slow the spread of COVID-19, the City has closed its facilities to the public and has suspended all programs and events, including Parks & Rec activities. Facilities that have been closed include City Hall, the DMV, and Brookview Golden Valley, including the Backyard, Golf & Lawn Bowling, Events & Celebrations, and the Three One Six Bar + Grill.
We are closely monitoring guidance from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and our tourism industry partners such as US Travel, Destinations International, and Explore Minnesota Tourism.
We all appreciate the understanding and patience of our clients, event attendees and partners during this unprecedented time.
Our local health authorities recommend that our community implements individual and community mitigation measures to reduce the risk of the spread of illness. Individuals can take everyday precautions to reduce the risk of getting sick by:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
- Clean and disinfect frequently-touched objects and surfaces.
- Cover your nose and mouth with your elbow or a tissue when coughing or sneezing.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home and away from others when you are sick.
The CDC has provided new guidance recommending older adults and travelers with underlying health issues avoid situations that put them at increased risk for more severe disease. This entails avoiding crowded places and avoiding non-essential travel such as long plane trips.
You can also prepare for possible disruptions to daily routines that could be caused by COVID-19:
- Make sure you have a supply of all essential medications for your family.
- Make a child care plan in case you or a care giver are sick.
- Understand your employer’s policies regarding leave and options for working from home.
- Make a plan for how you can care for a sick family member without getting sick yourself.
For the latest news on the coronavirus, visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.
Beware of Scams
Scammers are busy trying to profit from fears surrounding the coronavirus. Visit the Federal Trade Commission for tips on avoiding scams. If you have concerns about possible fraud or price gouging related to COVID-19, please contact the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office.
Questions about COVID-19? Call the Minnesota Department of Health COVID-19 Hotline, 7 a.m.-7 p.m., at 651.201.3920.
Hennepin County Public Health – The County website offers tips for residents and visitors, like taking necessary precautions and preparing in case someone in your family gets sick.
University of Minnesota Center for Infectious Disease Research & Policy – The U’s website provides a deep well of information for public health experts, business preparedness leaders, government officials, and the public.
Minnesota Department of Health – The MDH website includes information regarding travel, what can be done to prepare, what the MDH is doing, and more.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – The CDC website offers useful information about virus symptoms and how it spreads. The site also has information regarding global and domestic cases.
CDC COVID-19 Information for Travelers – This section of the CDC website provides risk assessment information about travel to worldwide destinations and provides answers to frequently asked questions.