Governor Walz issues executive order asking Minnesotans to stay at home
On March 25, Governor Tim Walz issued an executive order directing Minnesotans to stay at home from 11:59 p.m. Friday, March 27, until 5 p.m. Friday, April 10.
During this period, all Minnesotans are instructed to stay at home to limit movements outside of their homes beyond essential needs. Limiting social interactions decreases the chance of transmission of COVID-19. This gives the government and health care sector additional time to prepare for increased demands.
The COVID-19 outbreak has already had an impact on the City’s operations, including facility closures, with many services available online and limited services offered by appointment. The Governor’s order will have additional impacts on the City’s operations.
Services that WILL CONTINUE during this period
- Building and Inspections services.
- Building permits.
- Cemetery services.
- Curbside cleanup.
- Environmental Health services.
- Garbage and recycling.
- Parks and trails.
- Police response.
- Fire response.
- Planning and Zoning services.
- Public Health limited services.
- Street maintenance.
- Water and wastewater operations.
Some of the above areas are offering limited services. Contact the City or the work group for more information about which services are available.
Services and facilities NOT AVAILABLE during this period
- Bloomington Center for the Arts.
- Bloomington Ice Garden (BIG).
- Building tours, fire station tours etc.
- City-sponsored events and recreational programming.
- Creekside Community Center.
- Gideon Pond House.
- Golf courses.
- Motor vehicle licensing services.
- Old Town Hall.
- Passport services.
- Restroom facilities at City parks (other than Normandale Lake).
Check out this list of closures for additional information.
During the stay-at-home order
You can still...
- Go to the grocery store.
- Go to medical appointments and the pharmacy.
- Get take-out, delivery or drive through from nearby restaurants.
- Walk your dog, ride your bike, be in nature.
- Pick up essentials for neighbors or loved ones in need of assistance.
Please keep 6 feet between yourself and others as much as you can.
You should not...
- Go to work unless providing an essential service.
- Socialize or gather in groups.
- Visit loved ones in the hospital or nursing home, except under limited circumstances.
Enjoy Bloomington's parks!
With the weather warming up, this is an excellent time to explore Bloomington's parks and get to know some parks you haven't been to before. Bloomington's Parks and Recreation Department will do everything possible to keep our parks and trails open and accessible for as long as it is safe to do so.
Please help by staying home from parks when sick, washing your hands before and after visiting, covering your coughs, and observing six feet of social distancing while at the parks.
A note about playgrounds: The City worked with the Minnesota Department of Health to clarify with the governor's office. The executive order does not close playgrounds. However, park users should avoid touching and using playground equipment. The City has been distributing signage in parks and providing other communications related to safety tips for people using the parks.
- FAQ about #StayHomeMN from the Governor's office