City of Bloomington to cancel some upcoming events and activities

Efforts will put in place social distancing measures recommended by MDH and CDC

The City of Bloomington is closely monitoring the situation surrounding COVID-19 in order to protect the health and safety of our community. The City’s Public Health Division and Emergency Management Director are in regular contact with coordinating agencies such as the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). Bloomington is following the guidance of MDH on implementing community measures to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

As a result, the City will be closing some of its recreational facilities and canceling some events. The Bloomington Ice Garden (BIG), 3600 West 98th Street, Creekside Community Center, 9801 Penn Avenue South, and Bloomington Center for the Arts, 1800 West Old Shakopee Road, will be closed at 5 p.m. on Friday, March 13 through Wednesday, April 15 when the situation will be reevaluated.

The closures impact the upcoming events:

  • The BIG Ice Show, Friday, March 13 and 14 at BIG
  • Minnesota Recreation Hockey Tournament, March 14 and 15 at BIG
  • AR&LE Dance, Friday, March 13 at Creekside

Other community events and programs that will be canceled include:

  • The indoor Farmers Market on Saturday, March 14 at Bloomington Civic Plaza, 1800 W. Old Shakopee Road
  • The State of the City event on Wednesday, March 18, at MOA Rad Blu
  • All Parks and Recreation activities and Artistry programs and events will also be canceled.

We are evaluating our community events and facilities and will be making decisions about the appropriate level of preparedness and care that is necessary to protect the community. Because this situation is evolving, the City will be evaluating the closure of facilities and cancelation of events and activities on a week-by-week basis. Bloomington Civic Plaza and all other City facilities, with the exception of BIG, Bloomington Center for the Arts and Creekside, continue to be open for business during regular business hours at this time.

At this time, MDH is recommending following a “minimal to moderate” level of mitigation as outlined by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). This includes implementing social distancing measures, reducing activities, and canceling large gatherings of 250 or more people and any gathering of 10 or more people that include high-risk populations.

The full list of canceled events is available at blm.mn/COVID-info.