COVID-19

We care about the residents, workers, and visitors of St. Louis Park & Golden Valley. Your health and safety is our number one priority. We join you in a desire to return to our lives, but recognize that extra precautions will be necessary for some time

Minnesota Mask Requirement
It is important to wear masks to keep each other safe at this time. Governor Walz has issued an ordinance requiring people to wear face coverings indoors in public spaces and outdoors when 6 feet of distance can’t be maintained. By working together, we can support our local businesses, ensuring that they remain open for residents and visitors alike, and that we remain a healthy and vibrant community.

Businesses Are Open
Our restaurants, breweries and distilleries are open for inside dining, patio dining, takeout, curbside pickup and delivery. Please note that advance reservations are required at all restaurants (some restaurants will accept walk-ins, space permitting), social distancing is in effect, and restaurants are limited to 50% capacity.

Our retail shops are open for business at 50% capacity and follow strict safety guidelines. Many businesses continue to offer curbside pickup.

City of St. Louis Park
The City of St. Louis Park has been working with local, county and state partners to help protect the health and wellness of both the community and employees during the rapidly changing coronavirus outbreak. 

Face coverings are now required in restaurants and bars when not seated at a table, public transportation, entertainment venues, common spaces in multi-family residential and multi-tenant office buildings and outdoor spaces where physical distancing cannot be maintained. Businesses are required to post signs notifying their customers that face coverings are now required

City Hall is open for in-person absentee voting 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday – Friday and for other required in-person business. Whenever possible, conduct business online including contacting staff by phone or email.

The Municipal Service Center is open 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Monday –Friday for required in-person business. Whenever possible, conduct business online including contacting staff by phone or email.

The police station lobby is open 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday – Friday. Fire stations 1 and 2 remain closed to the public.

The Rec Center and ROC are open on a limited basis for ice rental and for in-person program registration. The Oak Hill Park Splash Pad and the Aquatic Park are open. 

The new interpretive center at Westwood Hills Nature Center is open to the public. Visitors are encouraged to practice physical distancing and wear face masks inside the building. Trails and outdoors areas are also open.

City playgrounds and play structures are open. Park staff has installed batting cages for use in city parks and at athletic fields. Pickleball and tennis are open, as are basketball courts. Please note that this equipment is not sanitized. Please wash your hands (or use hand sanitizer) before and after use and please stay home if you are sick or showing symptoms.

The City of St. Louis Park has introduced an interactive COVID-19 resource, with links to maps and a variety of other information.

City of Golden Valley
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, and Brookview Backyard and Events & Celebrations. During the closure, city employees will have limited access to their office phones. The best way to communicate with them during this time is by email. The City’s DMV office is open by appointment only. View the City’s COVID-19 resource page.

Discover St. Louis Park
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.

Minnesota Preparedness Measures
Governor Walz is asking everyone to Stay Safe MN. Our local health authorities recommend that our community implements individual and community mitigation efforts to reduce the risk of the spread of illness. Individuals can take the following everyday precautions to reduce the risk of getting sick:

  • Wear a mask when going out in public.
  • 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.

Resources
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.

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