Governor Walz's Stay Safe MN: Bloomington continues to follow guidelines from latest order

The next phase of the state's COVID-19 response, Stay Safe MN, begins Monday, May 18.

The current stay-at-home order will expire and be replaced with an order encouraging Minnesotans to stay close to home but allow gatherings of friends and family of 10 people or less. 

Social distancing with masks, handwashing and other safety measures should be followed to protect one another.

The City of Bloomington is relying on the guidance of trusted public health authorities such as the Minnesota Department of Health when making decisions that affect the community during the COVID-19 pandemic. This guidance includes avoiding gatherings, maintaining at least six feet of distance between yourself and others outside your immediate household, staying home when you are sick, and washing your hands after touching frequently used surfaces. These guidelines apply to a variety of settings.

The City also abides by executive orders from Governor Tim Walz. The governor’s latest order states:

“All gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited. Gatherings are groups of individuals, who are not members of the same household, congregated together for a common or coordinated social, civic, community, faith-based, leisure, or recreational purpose—even if social distancing can be maintained. This prohibition includes planned and spontaneous gatherings, public and private gatherings, and indoor and outdoor gatherings. Examples of prohibited gatherings include, but are not limited to, social, civic, community, faith-based, or leisure events, sporting or athletic events, performances, concerts, conventions, fundraisers, parades, fairs, and festivals that bring together more than 10 people from more than one household.”

As Minnesota moves to Stay Safe Minnesota on May 18, City facilities will remain closed to the public until further notice. Although buildings are closed, City staff are continuing to provide services during this time. Residents can connect with City staff through the City website, by phone and by email for a variety of services that can be done online. Public safety services, including police, fire and public works, continue to provide uninterrupted services.

Summer Parks and Recreation events, programs and activities that attract large groups of people have been canceled and will not be reinstated. The need for social distancing measures, limited group sizes, and cleaning and disinfecting requirements do not allow the City to safely offer its summer programs and facilities. The decision is also based on the governor’s order.

The City encourages residents to enjoy being active outside now and throughout the summer and do so in a safe manner. Here are some City of Bloomington activities that are open:

The City is committed to protecting the health, safety, and well-being of all residents during the COVID-19 pandemic and is continuously evaluating services, programs, facilities, parks and park amenities in order to protect the health and safety of the public.