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October 28, 2022

This infographic contains early updates on the COVID-19 outbreak about city services, operations, and funds received from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act of (2020) by the City of Brooklyn Park.

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November 4, 2021 3:00 p.m.

Minnesota has announced that children ages 5-11 are now eligible to receive Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines. The state has launched a new webpage to help parents and guardians find appointments and learn more about vaccines for kids and teens.

October 27, 2021 8:00 a.m.

Minnesota announced that providers can now offer booster shots for all three authorized COVID-19 vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson). According to federal health officials, Minnesotans who got the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine can now get a booster at least six months after their initial series.

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October 25, 2021 4:00 p.m.

The Minnesota Department of Health has added COVID-19 rapid testing at the Community Testing Site in Brooklyn Park. Rapid, or antigen testing, can produce results in 15-30 minutes. Saliva tests are also available at this location.

8085 Brooklyn Blvd.

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October 15, 2021 3:30 p.m.

With caseloads rising and hospitals filling with COVID-19 patients, Governor Walz is taking immediate action to free up capacity at Minnesota’s long-term care facilities, in order to relieve hospital capacity. Hospital administrators report that many of their beds are occupied by Minnesotans who should be treated at long-term care facilities, but cannot due to staffing and bed shortages. Today the Governor is:

  • Putting the National Guard on alert to provide staffing support at Minnesota’s long-term care facilities;
  • Expanding access to the COVID-19 Emergency Staffing Pool, which allows long-term care facilities to request short-term emergency temporary staffing if they’re experiencing a staffing shortage due to an outbreak of COVID-19 at their facility; and
  • Directing the Department of Human Services to free up capacity at state long-term care facilities.

September 24, 2021 12:00 p.m.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued guidance on recommendation for a booster shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in certain populations and also recommend a booster dose for those in high risk occupational and institutional settings.

Following the issuance of this guidance, Governor Tim Walz announced that Minnesota will begin administering Pfizer COVID-19 booster shots to Minnesotans who are eligible to receive one.

September 22, 2021 1:00 p.m.

Brooklyn Park wants your feedback on the use of $11.1 million in American Rescue Plan Act funds, with the goal of addressing the city’s most pressing issues and recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Take the American Rescue Plan survey >

September 20, 2021 9:00 a.m.

Beginning September 20, 2021 businesses and non-profits that generate revenue with 200 or less full time equivalent employees and that can demonstrate financial hardship due to COVID-19 are eligible to apply for the State of Minnesota’s Main Street COVID Relief grant. The grant amounts are up to $10,000 or $25,000 depending on business size. Applications close September 29. Recipients will be selected through a randomized selection process.

More information about the program and materials needed to apply >

Apply here >

September 10, 2021 9:00 a.m.

In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision that invalidated the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) eviction moratorium, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is using every tool at our disposal to help safeguard the millions of the nation’s individuals and families now in danger of losing their homes.


September 1, 2021 12:00 p.m.

Hennepin County is offering $50 Visa gift cards to people who receive the COVID-19 vaccine at any Hennepin County vaccine event or clinic, while supplies last.

August 13, 2021 12:00 p.m.

The city of Brooklyn Park has amended its face covering guidance in regards to city facilities that are operated or managed by third parties. Face coverings will also not be required for members of the public at city facilities that are operated or managed by third parties, such as Edinburgh USA Golf Course and The Brooklyn restaurant, unless otherwise required by the third party.

August 5, 2021 4:00 p.m.

Following recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the city of Brooklyn Park has issued new face covering guidance in public areas of city facilities for city staff and visitors, regardless of vaccination status, to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. All city employees will be required to wear face coverings in these areas starting Friday, August 6, 2021. Members of the public will be required to wear face coverings in city facilities starting Tuesday, August 10, 2021.

August 4, 2021 11:00 a.m.

Minnesotans 12 years of age and older who have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine since July 30 can submit a request for a $100 Visa gift card. The form will remain open for submissions for Minnesotans who get their first dose until August 15.

August 3, 2021 2:00 p.m.

With the highly transmissible Delta variant spreading in our community, Hennepin County announced face coverings are now required inside county buildings. This applies to all employees and visitors ages 5 and up, regardless of vaccination status effective tomorrow, August 4.

July 15, 2021 4:00 p.m.

The Minnesota Department of Commerce has received an additional $167 million in federal funding through the American Rescue Plan Act to fund Minnesota’s Energy Assistance Program. As a result, the program is open for applications all year. The Department is encouraging thousands of Minnesota households to apply, especially those with past-due energy bills who are at risk of utility disconnections. Households could receive up to $1,600 for energy bills and may qualify for an additional $1,200 to cover past-due bills.

Minnesotans should apply now for the Energy Assistance Program. Request an application or find your local service provider: Call 800-657-3710 and press 1 or go online: or search online for “Minnesota energy assistance.”  

June 3, 2021 4:00 p.m.

Hennepin County Public Health will be hosting several vaccination events in Brooklyn Park during June: 

  • June 5 (9 a.m.-3 p.m.) 
    • Grace Fellowship Church 
      8601 101st Ave N 
    • Ages 12+ 
    • Pfizer (Second dose scheduled for June 26) 
  • June 18 (1-6 p.m.) 
    • Prairie Seeds Academy 
      6200 Broadway Ave 
    • PSA students and their families, ages 12+ 
    • Pfizer (Second dose scheduled for July 9) 
  • June 19 (9 a.m.-2 p.m.) 
    • Excell Academy 
      5800 65th Ave N 
    • Excell Academy students and their families, ages 12+ 
    • Pfizer (Second dose scheduled for July 10) 
  • June 22 and 23 (9 a.m.-12 p.m.) 
    • Willows Apartments 
      6232 65th Ave N 
    • Ages 12+ 
    • Pfizer (Second dose scheduled for July 13 and 14) 

May 28, 2021 8:00 a.m.

As of May 28, 2021, nearly all state COVID-19 restrictions have come to an end, including all capacity limits and distancing requirements – both indoors and outdoors.

May 27, 2021 3:00 p.m.

The Payment Plan Credit Program from Xcel Energy can forgive up to 75% of the overdue amount on eligible customers’ electricity bills. Learn more about the program and sign up online 

May 25, 2021 1:00 p.m.

Following a community survey conducted in February and March of 2021, the Brooklyn Bridge Alliance for Youth has published the results from its community survey regarding COVID-19 vaccines.

May 13, 2021 5:00 p.m.

Governor Tim Walz announced that the Minnesota will be ending its statewide mask mandate on May 14 to align with new CDC guidance. Minnesotans who are not fully vaccinated are strongly recommended to wear face coverings indoors.

For the health and benefit of others, the city of Brooklyn Park recommends you wear a mask while inside city facilities.

May 13, 2021 8:00 a.m.

A mobile vaccination clinic will be coming to Autumn Ridge Apartments, 6316 Boone Ave N, on May 20 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can schedule your appointment online. Walk-ins will also be accepted. Questions? Call 763-533-8541. 

May 7, 2021 8:00 a.m.

The state announce that youth ages 12 to 15 are now eligible to receive the Pfizer/BioNtech COVID-19 vaccine.

May 7, 2021 8:00 a.m.

Walmart and Sam’s Club now administering walk-up COVID-19 vaccines at 5,100+ pharmacies nationwide, including 80 Minnesota locations. 

May 6, 2021 1:00 p.m.

Governor Walz Announces Timeline to End State COVID-19 Restrictions

  • Step one begins May 7 and removes mandatory closing times and outdoor capacity limits for dining, events and other get-togethers. It also ends the outdoor mask requirement except for large event venues.
  • Step two begins on May 28, removing the remaining capacity and distancing limits. Face coverings are still required for indoor venues and large outdoor venues.
  • Step three begins once 70% of Minnesotans age 16 and older are vaccinated with at least one dose (no later than July 1). This will remove face covering requirements. Local entities may set their own policies.  

May 4, 2021 1:00 p.m.

CLUES will be hosting a health fair on Friday, May 14 from 2-6 p.m. at St. Alphonsus Church, 7025 Halifax Ave N, Brooklyn Center. COVID-19 vaccines, non-perishable food baskets and Mammograms will be provided. 

To register for a vaccine appointment, call or text at 651-315-7973. 

April 29, 2021 11:00 a.m.

Public Wifi is now available a several city facilities and parks! Check out our interactive map to find locations near you.  

April 28, 2021 8:00 a.m.

Minnesotans can now use the Vaccine Connector to directly schedule COVID-19 vaccine appointments at the state’s Community Vaccination Program locations. 

April 21, 2021 5:00 p.m.

Allina Health is holding a free COVID-19 Vaccination Event on Saturday, April 24 for people ages 18 and older who live in ZIP codes 55428, 55429 and 55430. The event will take place at the Brooklyn Park Community Activity Center, 5600 85th Avenue North.

APPOINTMENT REQUIRED: Call Allina Health at 612-262-6675.

This is part of Allina Health’s effort to provide equitable access to the COVID-19 vaccine to people who reside in select areas.

  • Free, no insurance needed
  • They will not ask about your immigration status
  • They won’t ask for proof of address
  • Interpreter services will be available
  • Moderna vaccine does not contain gelatin
  • Moderna vaccine requires a follow-up dose on May 22

April 20, 2021 3:00 p.m.

Minnesota Housing is pleased to announce that RentHelpMN is now open and accepting applications. RentHelpMN makes it possible for eligible renters to get caught up on overdue rent and utilities dating back to March 13, 2020. It also makes provisions for those at risk of falling behind on rent payments due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

To apply for RentHelpMN, please visit or call 211. The 211 helpline has dedicated multilingual staff available to answer questions about RentHelpMN, 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

April 14, 2021 8:00 a.m.

A federal Community Vaccination Clinic has opened at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. Many Brooklyn Park residents are able to receive COVID-19 vaccinations at this site.

April 8, 2021 9:00 a.m.

The state of Minnesota has provided guidelines for residents to stay safe as they observe Ramadan this year, which may begin on April 13. 

April 1, 2021 9:00 a.m.

Rent Help MN is an upcoming program for renters and landlords in Minnesota. The program can provide help with rent and utility bills dated on or after March 13, 2020. 

There are checklists available to download on the program website for both renters and landlords to get ready for when the program begins. 

March 30, 2021 8:00 a.m.

Minnesotans age 16+ are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

Sign up for the Vaccine Connector to learn about vaccine opportunities in your area.

March 26, 2021 10:00 a.m.

Beginning March 30, all Minnesotans 16 years of age and older will be eligible to receive a vaccine. Minnesota has directed providers to prioritize vaccine appointments for people most at risk of getting COVID-19, or those who could develop severe illness if infected. This includes older Minnesotans, those with underlying health conditions, and those in essential jobs.

Sign up for the Vaccine Connector to learn about vaccine opportunities in your area.

Who’s getting vaccinated? >

March 26, 2021 9:00 a.m.

Hennepin County human services centers remain closed to the public due to the pandemic, but essential services are still available via phone and online. Get help with cash, food, health care and more

View full details about accessing human services >

March 22, 2021 2:00 p.m.

The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission has approved Xcel Energy’s $17.5 million Payment Plan Credit Program. This proposal will provide a credit towards past-due bills for residential customers who establish and maintain a payment plan and owe balances on their accounts of between $1000 and $4000 dollars.

March 12, 2021 11:00 a.m.

The State announced several changes to COVID-19 mitigation measures. Many of these will go into effect on Monday, March 15. View all the updates on the Stay Safe MN website.

March 11, 2021 11:00 a.m.

With new groups now eligible for vaccinations, the COVID-19 Vaccine Connector has been updated. The connector now allows you to select:
– All of the qualifying essential worker categories
– All of the qualifying underlying medical conditions
– If you live multigenerational housing
– If you are an unpaid primary caregiver

March 11, 2021 9:00 a.m.

Governor Tim Walz announced that Minnesota is expanding vaccine eligibility as the State reaches its goal of vaccinating 70% of Minnesotans 65 years of age and older this week. As a result, the State will expand eligibility to the next two phases of Minnesotans at once, starting March 10. 

March 9, 2021 4:00 p.m.

Hennepin County Public Health is offering COVID-19 vaccine appointment notifications at vaccine clinic to Hennepin County residents. Register online and you’ll be contacted when you’re eligible for an available appointment.

March 5, 2021 9:00 a.m.

If you live in Hennepin County and have unpaid rent, you may qualify for emergency financial assistance from Hennepin County. This initial round of funding is targeted to meet urgent needs of high need households. The deadline to apply is March 19. Apply and learn more on the Hennepin County website.

March 4, 2021 4:00 p.m.

Governor Tim Walz signed a bill into law allowing authorizing qualified dentists to administer coronavirus vaccinations, increasing the number of eligible COVID-19 vaccinators throughout Minnesota. 

March 1, 2021 10:00 a.m.

Brooklyn Center’s Walmart location has begun a free COVID-19 vaccination event for residents ages 65+. Appointments can be scheduled on Walmart’s website.

1200 Shingle Creek Crossing,
Brooklyn Center, MN 55430

February 23, 2021 3:00 p.m.

Hennepin County has created a new form for families who tested positive for COVID-19 or may be in quarantine and are in need to supplies (food, medication, etc). The form is available in English, Spanish and Somali.

February 22, 2021 12:00 p.m.

Hennepin County has put together some frequently asked questions about COVID-19 vaccines.

February 18, 2021 4:00 p.m.

Minnesota recently launched a new hotline specifically for refugees and immigrants to ensure they have access to accurate, timely information about the COVID-19 pandemic. 

 Call 651-318-0989 to receive information at support in any language. 

February 18, 2021 11:00 a.m.

Minnesota has launched a Vaccine Connector tool to help connect residents to vaccine opportunities in their area when they become available and help schedule appointments. 

February 17, 2021 3:00 p.m.

Brooklyn Park and Brooklyn Center have created a survey to gain a better understanding of your feelings about the COVID-19 vaccine. As vaccines start rolling out, we want to make sure we know how to best inform and support you.  

Please take a few moments to take this short survey >

February 17, 2021 1:00 p.m.

Updates to the state’s Safe Learning Plan were announced today. Starting February 22, middle and high school students can return to the classroom for hybrid or in-person learning. View the Safe Learning Plan for continued updates. 

February 13, 2021 12:00 p.m.

Updates to the Stay Safe Plan guidelines regarding schools, gyms, bars, restaurants and more took effect on today at noon. View the latest guidelines on the Stay Safe MN website

February 12, 2021 8:00 a.m.

The Minnesota Department of health has put together a guide to help you celebrate the Lunar New Year safely during COVID-19.

February 10, 2021 2:00 p.m.

Brooklyn Park will host a Health on the Go event at Zanewood Recreation Center on Saturday, February 20 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free COVID-19 saliva tests will be available on-site, as well as backpacks, activity kits, masks and hand sanitizer, while supplies last.

Event info >

Learn about Health on the Go >

February 9, 2021 12:00 p.m.

The COVID-19 Community Testing site in Brooklyn Park has updated its operating hours. The site will be open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. 

February 4, 2021 4:00 p.m.

The Minnesota Department of Health has set up a portal for residents to find vaccination locations. Currently, vaccines are available for people 65 years and older, educators, and child care workers.

January 26, 2021 8:00 a.m.

The State of Minnesota has launched a public vaccine data dashboard to detail the progress of COVID-19 vaccine allocation, distribution, and administration across Minnesota. The dashboard provides a visual and user-friendly way to view key vaccination data for our state. 

January 25, 2021 3:00 p.m.

Today the State of Minnesota announced updates to the registration process for the second week of the COVID-19 vaccination pilot program. The updated process accounts for anticipated high demand for appointments online and at the call center and allows for more equitable and orderly access to appointments by eliminating the first come, first served system. 

Minnesotans ages 65 and older will be able to pre-register for a chance to schedule an appointment to receive a COVID-19 vaccine through the Vaccine Pilot Program. The 24-hour pre-registration opens at 5am on Tuesday, 1/26

January 22, 2021 10:00 a.m.

Eligible Minnesotans are now able to schedule appointments to receive a vaccine, based on availability, at one of nine pilot sites across the state. The vaccine is available by appointment only. Walk-ins will not be accepted.

January 19, 2021 11:00 a.m.

Minnesota is launching a COVID-19 vaccine pilot program, partnering with local public health and school districts. These nine sites will initially serve adults 65 years of age or older, as well as prekindergarten through grade 12 educators, school staff, and child care workers.

January 6, 2021 2:00 p.m.

Governor Tim Walz announced updated COVID-19 protective measures that will take effect on Monday, January 10, 2021 at 11:59 p.m.

  • Bars and restaurants can open at 50% capacity, with a maximum of 150 people. Parties must be seated six feet away and bar seating is open to parties of two. Dine in service closes at 10 p.m.
  • Gym capacity remains capped at 25% but maximum capacity increases to 150.
  • Indoor events and entertainment venues may open at 25% capacity, no more than 150 people.
  • Outdoor events and entertainment venues may open at 25% capacity, no more than 250 people.
  • For Adult and youth sports, practices can begin again. Games resume January 14 with limited spectators according to appropriate venue capacity restrictions. For indoor games, spectators are limited according to indoor venue guidance (25% capacity, up to 150). For outdoor games, limits follow outdoor entertainment guidance (25% capacity, up to 250).
  • Outdoor recreation activities and facilities are open per DNR’s Outdoor Recreation Guidelines. Three households may gather outdoors, 15 people max.
  • Wedding receptions and other private parties may resume with limits. If food and drink are served then, they are limited to two households or 10 people indoors and 3 households or 15 people outdoors. If there is no food or drink, they are covered by indoor event venue guidelines.
  • Pools and swim parks can open at 25% capacity.

January 5, 2021 4:00 p.m.

Hennepin County has published a quarantine and isolation calculator that can help you determine what to do if you test positive for COVID-19 or come in contact with someone who does.

January 4, 2021 12:00 p.m.

Hennepin County will be accepting grant applications now through Thursday, January 14 at noon to eligible small businesses and nonprofits that have been financially harmed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Learn More and apply for grants > 

December 31, 2020 10:00 a.m.

All Minnesota Department of Health Community testing sites are closed on December 31 and January 1.

December 23, 2020 5:00 p.m.

Governor Tim Walz signed three executive orders related to the state’s COVID-19 response.

December 21, 2020 11:00 a.m.

Hennepin County will be hosting a free COVID-19 community testing event at Zanewood Recreation Center on Saturday, December 26.

  • 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Zanewood Recreation Center
    7100 Zane Ave. N, Brooklyn Park, MN 55429
  • Walk-up event
  • No appointment needed
  • Interpreters available
  • Free cloth masks

December 17, 2020 8:00 a.m.

The state legislature approved a $216 million economic relief package that includes direct support for small businesses and a 13-week extension of unemployment benefits. 

December 15, 2020 10:00 a.m.

The CDC has created a webpage providing information about COVID-19 vaccinations. The site has information on the vaccination program, different types of COVID-19 vaccines and more. 

December 14, 2020 4:00 p.m.

The peacetime emergency in Minnesota was extended by Governor Tim Walz today to continue to give the state flexibility in its response to COVID-19.

Also today, Governor Walz signed two Executive Orders authorizing the Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy to modify licensing requirements during the COVID-19 Peacetime Emergency and amending Executive order 20-05 to ensure timely unemployment insurance benefits.

December 11, 2020 11:00 a.m.

North Memorial is hosting walk-up COVID-19 diagnostic testing at two locations:

  • Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 6100 Shingle Creek Pkwy, Brooklyn Center, MN 55430
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at North Market 4414 N Humboldt Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55412

Learn more about testing on North Memorial’s COVID-19 page.

December 11, 2020 10:00 a.m.

Every Meal is expanding its free winter meal program to over 50 locations throughout the Twin Cities, including Brooklyn Park. The program provides bags of nutritious, non-perishable food for free through January, while supplies last. Learn more on Every Meal’s website.

December 9, 2020 10:00 a.m.

High school students who have lost their job due to COVID-19 are now able to apply for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance. Applications are due by December 26. 

December 7, 2020 3:00 p.m.

Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) announced updated quarantine guidance in regards to close contact or exposure to someone with COVID-19. The safest option is to stay home and away from others for 14 days. In certain situations, you may end your quarantine after 10 days, or after seven days with a negative COVID-19 test result. 

December 4, 2020 11:00 a.m.

Hennepin County will be hosting a free COVID-19 community testing event at the Brooklyn Park Community Activity Center on Saturday, December 19.  

  • Noon to 4 p.m. 
  • 5600 85th Ave N
  • Walk-up event  
  • No appointment needed  
  • Interpreters available  
  • Free cloth masks 

December 3, 2020 4:00 p.m.

The FTC has put together information about avoid COVID-19 scams and fraud on its page. Learn more about the services and available languages.

November 24, 2020 10:00 a.m.

A new COVID-19 exposure notification mobile application, COVIDaware MN, is now available in Minnesota. The voluntary, anonymous application will alert a user if another user with whom they have had close contact during the virus’ infectious period tests positive for COVID-19.

November 23, 2020 12:00 p.m.

Additional Hennepin County Small Business Relief funding is now available for restaurants, bars, gyms, event/entertainment venues impacted by COVID-19.

Get support for:

  • Rent/mortgage
  • Utilities
  • Supplier payments
  • PPE/COVID-19 expenses

Learn more/apply by Dec. 1 >

November 19, 2020 9:00 a.m.

Executive Order 20-99

On Wednesday, November 18, Governor Tim Walz signed a new executive order implementing a four week long dial-back on certain activities to slow the spread of COVID-19.

New restrictions are in place effective Friday, November 20 at 11:59 p.m. through Friday, December 18 at 11:59 p.m.

This order includes restrictions and/or guidance on the following: 

  • Entertainment Venues
  • Event Spaces
  • Gyms
  • Fitness Centers
  • Exercise Studios
  • Out-of-state Travel (highly discouraged)
  • In-person Dining

As always, wearing masks and social distancing are still required in many settings. If you are a person at risk of severe illness from COVID-19, you are highly encouraged to stay home. 

November 13, 2020 5:00 p.m.

Minnesota’s peacetime emergency was extended by Governor Tim Walz to give the state flexibility to combat the COVID-19 pandemic as cases continue to increase. 

November 13, 2020 3:00 p.m.

What’s new at the Community Activity Center and Sports Dome

The Recreation and Parks Department continues to work to keep you safe. With the new Executive Order issued Tuesday by Governor Tim Walz, some of the expectations for participation and use of our programs and facilities will be impacted. 

Community Activity Center 

  • Must always wear a mask (covering nose & mouth)  
  • Maintain 6 feet of social distance from other people 

Ice Arena 

  • There’s no open skate at this time 
  • Participants will be allowed in 15 minutes before scheduled time. Participants must leave no more than 15 minutes after the end of ice time 
  • One spectator allowed per participant for practices, two spectators allowed per participant for games and scrimmages.  
  • Spectators must enter at game time and exit immediately afterwards.  

Walking Track  

  • Users must check-in at the front desk for purposes of contract tracing 
  • Wear a mask when doing low intensity exercise like walking 

Room Rentals  

  • Starting November 27, all gatherings (wedding receptions, funeral receptions, celebrations of life milestones (birthdays or retirements), family reunions, gatherings before or after planned religious services, etc.) will be required to 50 people or less.   
  • Effective December 11, this limit will be reduced to 25 people or less.  

Recreation Programs 

  • Specific guidelines for each program will be emailed to participants prior to class 
  • All participants must take a Health Screening before attending programs 
  • All participants must wear a mask (covering nose & mouth) 

Brooklyn Park Sports Dome 

  • Open dome time will require check-in for purposes of contact tracing 
  • Call to reserve time for group rentals 

*As Executive Orders and StaySafe MN guidelines change there may be further modifications. 

November 12, 2020 4:00 p.m.

Minnesota is now offering free at-home COVID-19 saliva testing statewide to any person who wants to be tested. A saliva test will be sent to your home and can be completed during a virtual visit with a test supervisor. Learn more and request a test on the Department of Health website.

November 11, 2020 8:00 a.m.

Governor Tim Walz signed Executive Order 20-96, restricting social gatherings, celebrations, and the hours and operations of bars, restaurants, and venues to prevent further spread of COVID-19

November 10, 2020 3:00 p.m.

Governor Tim Walz announced several updates to COVID-19 guidelines in an effort to slow the spread of the virus.

Social gatherings

  • Limit 10 for indoor and outdoor gatherings
  • Limit to 3 households or less, including the host
  • Effective 10 p.m. on Friday, November 13

Receptions and similar events 

  • November 27: Limit to 50 people
  • December 11: Limit to 25 people
  • Events may not be between 10 p.m. and 4 a.m.
  • No change to the actual wedding, funeral or other ceremonies – only the connected reception, celebration, etc.

Bars and restaurants

  • 50% capacity for indoor and outdoor settings
  • No more than 150 people at 50% capacity
  • Counters closed for seating and service unless counter-only establishment
  • Patrons must be seated at tables
  • No bar games that require standing are permitted
  • No dine-in between 10 p.m. and 4 a.m. (delivery and takeout allowed)

Small business support

  • Proposing $10 million in additional funding to businesses that have already applied for relief
  • This will help 1,000 more businesses pay bills and pay workers

November 10, 2020 10:00 a.m.

The CDC has put together a guide to help you celebrate Thanksgiving safely this year and help slow the spread of COVID-19 and the flu. 

November 9, 2020 11:00 a.m.

There will be a FREE COVID-19 Community Testing event in Brooklyn Park on Friday, November 20. No appointment is needed and registration will take place on site.

  • Brooklyn Park Islamic Center
    2100 93rd Way
    Brooklyn Park, MN 55444
  • 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Walk-up registration
  • Interpreters available

November 6, 2020 3:00 p.m.

Governor Tim Walz passed Executive Order 20-95, adding to modifications to the Safe Learning Plan that were laid out in Executive Order 20-94 to give teachers additional prep time during distance and hybrid learning. 

November 5, 2020 4:00 p.m.

A new Executive Order has been signed by Governor Tim Walz, making adjustments to the state’s Safe Learning Plan. Executive Order 20-94 clarifies several topics originally outlined in Executive Order 20-82.

October 23, 2020 12:00 p.m.

Anoka-Hennepin School District will transition middle and high schools from hybrid schedule to full distance learning on November 4. Elementary schools will remain on a hybrid schedule.

October 23, 2020 8:00 a.m.

Hennepin County is hosting two upcoming COVID-19 testing events in Brooklyn Center. These tests are FREE to everyone and registration will take place on-site.

  • Saturday, October 24
    St. Alphonsus Church, 7025 Halifax Ave N., Brooklyn Center, MN 55429
    1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
    Interpreters available
    Flu shots will be offered at this event
  • Sunday, November 1
    Kenyan Community Church, 6625 Humboldt Ave N., Brooklyn Center, MN 55430
    12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
    Interpreters available

October 20, 2020 10:00 a.m.

The first metro-area COVID-19 saliva testing location opens in Brooklyn Park today at noon. Located in the Starlite Center, 8085 Brooklyn Blvd, free testing is available to all Minnesotans at this site seven days a week. Walk-up service is available and you can schedule an appointment ahead of time.

Learn more about saliva testing >

Schedule an appointment >

Five things to know before going to your saliva test >

October 13, 2020 3:00 p.m.

Governor Tim Walz announced an expansion of the state’s saliva testing program, including the opening of a semi-permanent saliva testing site in Brooklyn Park. The site is located in the Starlite Center, 8085 Brooklyn Blvd, and will open on Tuesday, October 20.

October 7, 2020 10:00 a.m.

The Minnesota Department of Health has put together guidance on how residents can safely celebrate holidays, including Halloween. Visit their website for more information. 

September 21, 2020 10:00 a.m.

The city’s COVID-19 Community Relief Grant is now accepting waitlist applications for residents, businesses, nonprofits and schools. Waitlist applications are due September 30. Apply for the waitlist on our website. 

September 18, 2020 10:00 a.m.

Hennepin County will be hosting three free COVID-19 testing events in Brooklyn Park at Zanewood Recreation Center, 7100 Zane Ave N. Registration will take place at each event. 

  • Thusday, September 24 
    • 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
  • Saturday, October 3 
    • 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 
  • Saturday, October 10 
    • 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Learn more about community testing > 

September 14, 2020 8:00 a.m.

Governor Tim Walz has extended the peacetime emergency by signing Executive Order 20-89. Extending the COVID-19 peacetime emergency that gives the state flexibility in responding to the pandemic. 

September 1, 2020 12:00 p.m.

The city of Brooklyn Park has created a COVID-19 Community Relief Grant Program using federal CARES Act dollars to get funds to residents, business, nonprofit organizations and schools to provide support for COVID-19 related expenses. Applications are open and due September 15.

August 26, 2020 5:00 p.m.

Governor Tim Walz signed two executive orders related to COVID-19. Executive Order 20-85 formalizes guidance from the Minnesota Department of health on classroom occupancy in higher education settings. Executive Order 20-86 allows cooperatives to ability waive in-person meeting and voting requirements. 

August 20, 2020 3:30 p.m.

Taking our community’s health and safety into consideration, we have made the difficult decision to cancel our 2020 National Night Out in Brooklyn Park. Learn more on our National Night Out page.

August 19, 2020 11:00 a.m.

The deadline to apply for the Community Engagement Sustainability Grant Program has been extended until September 14. The CES program supplements funding for projects that are supported by other regional partners such as Hennepin County and Shingle Creek Watershed Commission. Eligible projects include raingardens, native plantings, shoreline restoration, nature-based play areas and amenities that enhance the resident use of improved outdoor spaces. Visit our Rental Property Resources page to apply

August 14, 2020 12:00 p.m.

Candlewood Drive will be closed from Shingle Creek Drive to Louisiana Avenue starting Monday, August 17 and will remain closed for three to four weeks. This closure is park of Municipal State Aid mill and overlay rehabilitation project being done in the area this summer.

View the project map >

View the closure map (PDF) >

August 13, 2020 4:00 p.m.

A new law providing $30 million in funding for disability service providers to assist the cost of business interruptions during COVID-19 was signed by Governor Tim Walz on August 13. 

August 12, 2020 12:00 p.m.

Governor Tim Walz has extended the peacetime emergency in Minnesota by signing Executive Order 20-84. The order is intended to help the state continue to be flexible and effectively respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

August 12, 2020 8:00 a.m.

Governor Tim Walz has convened a special session of the Minnesota Legislature on August 12 to address the COVID-19 pandemic and extending the peacetime emergency declared on March 13. Visit the Legislature website for updates

August 8, 2020 12:00 p.m.

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) released new visitation guidance for long-term care facilities. The new guidance balances the need to protect residents from COVID-19 and ensure health social and emotional connections. 

July 31, 2020 4:00 p.m.

Governor Tim Walz, the Minnesota Department of Education and Minnesota Department of Health announced the Minnesota Safe Learning Plan for the 2020-21 school year. The plan outlines three models: in-person, distance learning, or a hybrid model. The Departments of Health and Education will work with school districts and charter schools to use the latest data to determine which model to start the school year with. The announcement was made in conjunction with Executive Order 20-82, requiring school districts and charter schools to provide a safe and effective learning environment. 

July 30, 2020 10:00 a.m.

Free COVID-19 testing will be available in Brooklyn Park on Monday, August 3 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Testing will take place at 8600 Zane Ave N, in the parking lot just west of the Community Activity Center. Residents are highly encouraged to schedule an appointment to shorten lines, speed up testing and give people plenty of space.

July 29, 2020 2:00 p.m.

The state of Minnesota is partnering with businesses to help distribute four million face coverings across the state. State and local government organizations, including Brooklyn Park, have begun delivering masks to businesses and other organizations for employees, customers and those who cannot afford to buy face coverings to use.

A proposal has been made by the Governor’s Office for $25.8 million in CARES Act funding be used to help vulnerable populations in Minnesota. The funding will support Minnesotans experiencing homelessness, older Minnesotans, low-income Minnesotans, Minnesotans with disabilities, victims of domestic violence and human trafficking

July 29, 2020 12:00 p.m.

The city will be distributing face coverings for businesses on July 30 and 31. Businesses will be able to pick up face coverings at the Community Activity Center from 9:00 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. The city will also be delivering masks to businesses in concentrated areas. If you have any questions or need more information, contact Daniela Lorenz at 612-280-9491 or email Daniela.Lorenz@BrooklynPark.Org.

July 22, 2020 2:00 p.m.

Governor Tim Walz announced Executive Order 20-81requiring people in Minnesota to wear a face covering in all public indoor spaces and businesses. The Order will take effect on Saturday, July 25. Workers are required to wear a face covering when working outdoors where social distancing cannot be maintained. Visit the Stay Safe MN website for more information.

July 17, 2020 10:00 a.m.

Governor Tim Walz signed Executive Order 20-80, extending provisions for emergency relief from regulations for motor carriers and drivers operating in Minnesota in order to safely and efficiently transport livestock. 

July 14, 2020 5:00 p.m.

The Minnesota Executive Council approved Governor Tim Walz’ Executive Order 20-79, which updates Executive Orders 20-14 and 20-73 regarding evictions. While the eviction moratorium continues, under this Executive Order, housing providers can evict a tenant when the tenant violates a lease by endangering the safety of others, engaging in certain illegal activities, or significantly damaging property. 

July 8, 2020 5:00 p.m.

The State of Minnesota has approved $12 million to support over 300 food shelves and all seven food banks in the state. Made possible by the CARES Act, this emergency funding will help meet the 20-40% increase in demand for food assistance this year. 

July 7, 2020 6:00 p.m.

Governor Tim Walz announced a proposal of the $56 million Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) proposal to help support Minnesota child care providers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Child care providers, child care centers, and certain eligible certified centers would be able to receive grants from the proposed fund. Application information will be announced once the proposal has been approved by the Legislative Advisory Commission. 

June 29, 2020 3:00 p.m.

Minnesota announced that it has completed over half a million COVID-19 tests statewide. Governor Tim Walz also announced the state has reached a capacity for 20,000 tests daily, thanks to the partnerships with the Mayo Clinic and University of Minnesota. 

June 25, 2020 4:00 p.m.

The Governor’s Office announced a plan to distribute $853 million in relief to communities impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

June 23, 2020 8:00 a.m.

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) is now accepting applications for the $62.5 million Small Business Relief Grants Program for businesses impacted by COVID-19. 

June 22, 2020 8:00 a.m.

Brooklyn Park’s summer programming catalog, GetUp&Go, is available now. Get more information on available and modified recreation programs and register on our Summer Recreation page. 

June 19, 2020 4:00 p.m.

The Minnesota Department of Health issued new guidance on youth sports participation during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The guidance recommends that youth sports games and scrimmages resume June 24 or later for outdoor sports, and July 1 or later for indoor sports. 

June 19, 2020 12:00 p.m.

The Minnesota Department of Health and Minnesota Department of Education have been working closely to determine how to keep students, their families and staff safe for the 2020-21 school year with three possible scenarios. 

  • Scenario 1: In-person learning for all students 
  • Scenario 2: Hybrid learning with strict social distancing and capacity limits 
  •  Scenario 3: Distance learning only 
  • Decisions around the fall may change as the state learns more about which scenario will be in the best interest of public health, and specifically the health and safety of our school communities. 
  • For more information and updates, visit: Stay Safe Guidance for Schools, Colleges, and Universities

June 18, 2020 8:00 a.m.

For the latest updates on COVID-19 case numbers, testing sites and public health recommendations in Minnesota, visit the Department of Health website.

June 16, 2020 4:00 p.m.

Governor Walz approved H.F. 5, a bill providing $62 million in grants for small businesses impacted by COVID-19. Eligible businesses with 50 or fewer employees can apply for grants of up to $10,000.

June 12, 2020 5:00 p.m.

Governor Tim Walz has extended the COVID-19 peacetime emergency by signing Executive Order 20-75, following recommendations from health experts. The peacetime emergency protects Minnesotans against evictions and wage garnishment; provides expedited procurement power for PPE and other equipment; allows Minnesota to re-open society strategically, while following the advice of public health experts; and protects workers from unsafe worker conditions. 

June 10, 2020 12:00 a.m.

Today, the Stay Safe MN plan moves in to Phase III. This includes bars, restaurants, personal services and entertainment venues operating at increased capacity and opening for indoor service. Please continue to practice social distancing and wear a mask whenever possible.

More information on the Stay Safe MN Plan >

June 8, 2020 8:00 a.m.

Xcel Energy is returning to normal as in-person reading of electric and natural gas meters has resumed for most Minnesota customers.

Readers will be wearing proper personal protective equipment while working in the field.

June 8, 2020 8:00 a.m.

Several city facilities, including the Community Activity Center and Zanewood Recreation Center are now open to the public.

June 5, 2020 2:00 p.m.

Governor Tim Walz announced Phase III of the Stay Safe MN plan and signed Executive Order 20-74, which will take effect on June 10. The new phase will have include the gradual reopening of indoor dining, gyms and entertainment venues. 

Learn more about Stay Safe MN Phase III > 

June 5, 2020 12:00 p.m.

Governor Walz signed Executive Order 20-73 which makes an update to Executive Order 20-14, which suspends evictions and writs of recovery during the COVID-19 peacetime emergency. The new order clarifies that the order does not apply to tenants that endanger the safety of others on the property.

June 3, 2020 4:00 a.m.

Metro Transit will resume bus and Northstar Commuter Rail service today. It anticipates restoring light rail service on June 4.

June 2, 2020 12:00 p.m.

Governor Tim Walz signed Executive Order 20-70allowing bars and restaurants to expand outdoor dining to Trunk Highway right-of-way space, where commercial activity is normally restricted. 

June 1, 2020 12:00 a.m.

Phase II of the Stay Safe MN takes effect today allowing bars, restaurants and personal services to reopen under certain conditions.

May 29, 2020 8:00 a.m.

Governor Tim Walz signed Executive Order 20-66, renewing exemptions for transferring animal feed to support Minnesota’s agriculture services during COVID-19.

May 28, 2020 8:00 a.m.

Governor Tim Walz signed Executive Order 20-63, which implements Phase II of the Stay Safe MN plan. The second phase takes effect June 1, outlining the reopening of restaurants, bars and personal services

May 26, 2020 8:00 a.m.

Following the CDC’s new guidance, Governor Tim Walz has coordinated with faith leaders on how to reopen places of worship. Starting May 27, places of worship may open at 25 percent occupancy if they adhere to social distancing and other public health guidelines. 

May 23 8:00 a.m.

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has issued new guidance on a gradual return to youth sports that builds on existing guidance for Youth Summer Programming.  

  • Sessions will focus on small groups and individual skills, limiting the number of participants 
  • The guidelines do not allow games or activities that involve contact 

May 22, 2020 2:00 p.m.

Brooklyn Park Mayor Jeffrey Lunde issued a directive allowing regulatory flexibility so that restaurants and bars may begin to serve food and alcohol in outdoor areas. This move is in response to Governor Tim Walz’s announcement on Wednesday May 20 that restaurants can open for outdoor service on June 1.

Temporary Outdoor Dining Registration >

Read the directive >

May 21, 2020 8:00 a.m.

Governor Walz announced details on Stay Safe MN Phase II, allowing bars and restaurants to open for patio and outdoor service, as well as salons and barber shops to reopen starting June 1.

  • Bars and Restaurants: Open for outdoor and patio service. 6 ft of distance must be maintained and cannot exceed 50 customers. Reservations are required.
  • Personal services (salons, barbershops, tattoo parlors): 6 ft of distance must be maintained at 25% capacity. Appointments and masks are required for workers and customers. 
  • Campgrounds and charter boats: Open for business.
    Additional guidance >

May 18, 2020, 12:00 a.m.

Stay Safe MN order has taken effect, replacing the Stay Home Order and allowing some non-essential businesses to reopen. Learn more about Stay Safe MN and read the Executive Order.

May 15, 2020, 10:00 a.m.

Metro Transit will require all passengers on buses and trains to wear a face covering starting May 18.

May 14, 2020, 5:00 p.m.

Governor Tim Walz signed Executive Order 20-57, authorizing and directing the Commissioner of Education to provide a safe and effective summer learning environment for Minnesota’s students.

Learn more >

May 14, 2020, 4:00 p.m.

The CDC has released an Official Health Advisory on information about Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) associated with COVID-19.

May 13, 2020, 6:00 p.m.

Governor Tim Walz issued Executive Order 20-56, replacing Stay at Home with a stay safe order, outlining the plans for reopening non-essential businesses and retailers as well as extending the Peacetime Emergency. Bars, restaurants, barbershops, and salons set to reopen beginning June 1.

May 13, 2020, 8:00 a.m.

Absentee Voting Applications now Open

In Minnesota, you don’t have to wait until Election Day to vote. You can vote early with an absentee ballot. Eligible voters may vote early in person at their local elections office, or by mail. To vote early by mail, request an absentee ballot at Once your application is approved, materials will be sent straight to you!

May 12, 2020, 8:00 a.m.

Governor Tim Walz signed six bills into law. The laws extend the COVID-19 Minnesota Fund, which was set to expire on May 11; require drug manufacturers to make drug price information public; allocate federal Help America Vote Act (HAVA) funding and ensure safe and orderly elections; prohibit marriages by minors; remove unnecessary background check fees for certain health boards; and make technical changes to various provisions governing or administered by the Department of Commerce.

Read more >

May 11, 2020, 4:00 p.m.

Governor Tim Walz today signed Executive Order 20-52, allowing students in critical care sectors to attend classes for needed in-person training or testing in order to graduate.

Executive Order 20-52 will fill workforce shortages by accelerating entry into critical sectors for up to 1,000 students that will serve Minnesota’s most vulnerable populations.

Read the announcement >

May 11, 2020, 8:00 a.m.

Driver and Vehicle Services

Minnesotans can apply for duplicate licenses or ID cards Minnesotans who lost their driver’s license or ID card, or had it stolen, can now apply for a duplicate card while Department of Public Safety Driver and Vehicle Services (DPS-DVS) exam stations are closed. 

There are two options:

  1. Deputy registrar and driver’s license agent offices can accept duplicate driver’s license and ID card applications that do not require a photo at their office. No face-to-face transactions are available, so offices are offering this in a way where you do not physically enter the building.
  2. If a local office isn’t offering this service, DPS-DVS can send a photo receipt and letter to serve as a temporary replacement for a lost driver’s license or ID card while exam stations are closed to Minnesotans who submit the request.

More information, including instructions, is on the DVS COVID-19 FAQ webpage.

Graduation Ceremonies

Department of Education (MDE), Office of Higher Education and Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) have released guidance for schools regarding graduation ceremonies.

This guidance was developed jointly between the three departments and outlines some specific activities that schools should or should not do.

The top recommendation is for schools to hold a ceremony that can be conducted remotely and ensure attendees do not need to leave their homes, like a virtual ceremony.

While the guidelines do not allow for a gymnasium or football field gathering, it does provide public health guidance on what schools, colleges or universities would need to consider when contemplating a safe celebration outside of the home, such as a car parade or a parking lot ceremony.

View graduation and commencement guidance (PDF) >

May 8, 2020, 9:30 a.m.

Governor Walz unveiled a five-point plan to provide support to our state’s long-term care facilities and protect Minnesota seniors and their caregivers.

The Governor and Minnesota Department of Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm worked closely together to develop the plan, which aims to bolster the significant work that is taking place already within facilities and our public health sector. The comprehensive approach includes:

  • Expanded testing for residents and workers
  • Creating strike teams to provide testing support
  • Providing additional personal protective equipment to facilities
  • Ensuring adequate staffing levels at all facilities
  • Partnering with local public health to coordinate support

More information on the state’s five point response and support for Minnesota’s care facilities is available here.

May 7, 2020, 2:00 p.m.

It’s still safe to call 911!

We want to remind everyone to call 911 and seek medical attention if they have severe symptoms or a medical emergency not related to COVID-19.

Minnesota has done a great job staying home and slowing the spread of COVID-19. However, recent data has shown that fewer people with stoke and heart attack symptoms are seeking necessary help because of COVID-19 fears.

Please know that our healthcare system is safe. Do not delay important medical care!

Response and Preparation Capacity

The State of Minnesota is committed to protecting the health, safety, and well-being of Minnesotans during the COVID-19 pandemic.

They have developed an overview of the data tracked by the Governor’s COVID response team as well as detailed information on Critical Care Supplies.

The Response and Preparation Capacity webpage will be updated each weekday. For the most recent figures on COVID cases please see the Minnesota COVID-19 dashboard.

View the Response and Preparation Capacity webpage >

May 4, 2020, 8:00 a.m.

Executive Order 20-49

Last Friday, Governor Walz signed Executive Order 20-49, allowing Commercial Food Trucks to Operate at Highway Rest Areas in Minnesota During the COVID-19 Peacetime Emergency. This is intended to support commercial drivers who depend on restaurants to get meals while providing an essential service.

Click here to read Executive Order 20-19 >

May 1, 2020, 7:30 a.m.

Executive Order extended

As the state continues to make progress in preparing for the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Tim Walz today extended the Stay Home Order until Monday, May 18.

Click here to read the modified Executive Order >

Retail and more reopening

In an effort to get more Minnesotans back safely to work while the order remains in effect, the Governor announced that retail businesses and other non-critical businesses will resume operations with curbside pick-up staring May 4.

This will put up to 30,000 Minnesotans back to work in a safe, coordinated way. Businesses must:

  • Develop and publicly post a plan for how to open safely.
  • Use online payment whenever possible.
  • Employees and customers should wear masks and protective equipment.
  • In curbside pick-up scenarios, social distancing guidelines apply. If possible, customers should not leave their vehicle.
  • In delivery scenarios, items should be deposited outside a customer’s residence.

April 27, 2020, 10:00 a.m.

Testing Locations

Testing sites are designed to keep you and health care workers safe. Sometimes you may stay in your car. Other sites will screen you before you come indoors. Many sites will require an appointment before you arrive in order to ensure they’ve collected your contact and insurance information. 

Please review directions specific to each site before you go.

Click here to view Minnesota testing locations >

Should I get tested?

The state of Minnesota has created a screening tool can help people decide whether they should be tested for COVID-19. This tool is not a substitute for medical advice and should not stop you from seeking medical attention if you need it. If you are experiencing a medical emergency, please call 911 and notify the operator that you have or think you might have COVID-19.

Click here to view the screening tool >


The CARES Act requires that COVID-19 testing is covered without cost-sharing. This applies to all health insurance coverage in Minnesota. It is important to know that this applies to the test only, office visits are not covered through the CARES Act. Some insurance carriers have agreed to waive cost-sharing for in network visits associated with the COVID-19 test – it is important to check with your health insurance to find out what will be covered and what is in network.

If you have questions about your health insurance coverage call your insurance company prior to getting tested.

April 24, 2020, 10:15 a.m.

Emergency Executive Order 20-40

Yesterday, Governor Walz issued Executive Order 20-40, which allows workers in certain non-critical sectors to return to safe workplaces effective April 27.

The non-critical exempt business must establish and implement a COVID-19 preparedness plan All workers who can work from home still must do so.

Click here to read the summary of changes >
Click here to view the full Executive Order 20-40 >

Distance Learning Extended

Governor Walz also announced that distance learning will continue through the rest of the 2019-2020 school calendar year, explaining how the state will continue to pursue opportunities to expand technology for students, provide guidance for educators on how to best connect with students, and support families.

Read more about distance learning >

Finding Open Child Care

If you are a parent or guardian in need of child care – especially if you work in one of these sectors, call the Child Care Aware parent line at to be directed to available licensed child care providers or use child care map.

Child Care Aware line

Learn more about childcare for critical sectors >

April 23, 2020, 11:00 a.m.

Homemade Mask Drive

Governor Tim Walz launches a Homemade Mask Drive

On Saturday, April 25 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. homemade masks can be delivered to the following local fire stations 

Firefighters will then deliver the masks to local congregate living facilities for employees and residents to wear. While these masks are not medical-grade, they help keep the wearer’s germs from spreading to other people.

Check out these design guides and tutorials:

April 17, 2020, 2:00 p.m.

Golf Courses to Reopen

In the Governor’s new executive order, Tim Walz says Minnesotans may engage in a range of activities, including golfing, boating, fishing, hunting, and hiking, as long as they follow new outdoor recreation guidelines. These guidelines include maintaining 6-foot social distancing, avoiding crowded areas, and staying close to home.

Golf courses and driving ranges are allowed to reopen starting Saturday.

Edinburgh USA

The golf course will open tomorrow April, 18 at 8 a.m. To book your tee time, please visit or call 763-315-8550.

The course is only accepting groups of 3 or 4 for online reservations. Groups of 1 or 2 can only book tee times for the same day by calling the Pro Shop.

All players must follow social distancing guidelines. Edinburgh will also be implementing social distancing measures for course amenities to keep players safe.

Edinburgh USA Golf Course’s cart paths are now closed for public use.

Brookland Golf Park

Tee times can be made by calling 763-488-6497 starting at 8 a.m. on Saturday, April 18. Visit for more information. 

April 16, 2020, 9:00 a.m.

Emergency Operations Center Report

Public safety and City staff continue working from the City’s Emergency Operations Center (CEOC) to help keep the Brooklyn Park community safe, and to coordinate efforts to provide essential services and information during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The CEOC is staffed Monday-Friday, 8-5 p.m.; public safety continues to operate 24/7.

Read the report from Brooklyn Park EOC >

April 15, 2020, 9:15 a.m.

A message from Brooklyn Park City Council

As many of us continue to remain at home following Governor Tim Walz’s executive order directing Minnesotans to stay at home for another two weeks (until May 3 11:59 p.m.) we are thinking about you and your family. 

You might also know by now that the Governor has also extended Minnesota’s peacetime state of emergency. These extensions will allow Minnesota to continue many of the economic and public health measures that support us through a very challenging period in our lives. 

The effort put in and the hardships endured have so far been working to successfully slow the spread of COVID-19 – and that’s exactly why we must keep it up. For those who live and work in Brooklyn Park, we hope this can be a reminder of the astounding teamwork and kindness you all have shown in the past few weeks.  

Thank you Brooklyn Park 

We are incredibly thankful to all the emergency responders and essential workers in our community who have been working tirelessly since the beginning, including our own Emergency Operations Center. Thanks to our delivery drivers who are delivering food and other essential supplies to our seniors and vulnerable residents. 

However, we also want to thank every single resident who practices social distancing so that these front-line employees are able to do their work as safely and effectively as possible. This in turn flattens the curve and protects the most vulnerable members of our community, both by preventing sickness in the first place and by reserving medical attention for those who need it the most.  

Support local businesses and non-profits 

Just like many individuals, businesses and non-profits are financially struggling right now. If you are able to, consider supporting local businesses and non-profits that are still open during the pandemic.  

Want to support a local restaurant? Check out our map of restaurants that are open during COVID-19.  

Use parks responsibly 

The pandemic can be a mental and emotional challenge as well as an economic strain. If you feel the need to get some fresh air, we encourage you to safely use your local parks. We put signs out at every park to remind everyone to please not use: 

  • Playgrounds 
  • Picnic Areas 
  • Courts and Fields 

Remember that these facilities can’t be regularly disinfected and using them may contribute to the spread of COVID-19. 

More Information 

The CDC now recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (like grocery stores and pharmacies).

Here is how you can make your own face coverings with items around your house.

Please subscribe to receive updates on our COVID-19 Resources webpage and for topics related to COVID-19 impact on our community by clicking “subscribe” below.

We thank all of you for your continued patience, support and positivity. It’s a challenging time for us all, but we will get through it together! 

Be safe, 

Mayor Jeffrey Lunde
Council Member Lisa Jacobson
Council Member Mark Mata
Council Member Terry Parks
Council Member Susan Pha
Council Member Wynfred Russell
Council Member Tonja West-Hafner  

April 10, 2020, 12:30 p.m.

Congressman Dean Philips and Mayor Jeff Lunde

Congressman Dean Phillips and Mayor Jeff Lunde called to discuss the local, state and federal response to COVID-19.

Check out Dean Phillips’ website at >.

April 8, 2020, 4:00 p.m.

Executive Order Extended

On April 8, 2020, Governor Walz issued Executive Order 20-33, which extended his directive for Minnesotans to Stay at Home through May 3, 2020. This Executive Order codified previous clarifications issued by the Governor and made several modifications to the categories of exempted workers.

Click here to view the full executive order >

April 6, 2020, 9:45 a.m.

Stay At Home Violations

If you want to report a violation of the Stay At Home order, DO NOT call 9-1-1. Instead, you can call 651-793-3746 or email

April 2, 2020, 10:30 a.m.

Emergency Operations Center Report


Public safety and City staff continue working from the City’s Emergency Operations Center (CEOC) to help keep the Brooklyn Park community safe, and to coordinate efforts to provide essential services and information during the COVID-19 pandemic. The CEOC is staffed Monday-Friday, 8-5 p.m.; public safety continues to operate 24/7.


The primary objectives of the CEOC for the first 3 weeks were to ensure safety of first responders and City staff in order to continue providing City services. Currently, these objectives have been achieved and will continue to be re-evaluated on a regular basis. The CEOC is evaluating the current and projected impact of COVID-19 on the community.

Read the full report from Brooklyn Park EOC >

March 30, 2020, 1:45 p.m.

Edinburgh USA

City of Brooklyn Park’s Edinburgh USA golf course is closed to golfers but open for walkers. Enjoy the fresh air and views of the ponds and greens while you walk on the cart paths. Please avoid walking on the greens, tee boxes and all other turf areas on the golf course.

Once the golf course re-opens residents should avoid taking a leisurely stroll on the cart paths as it could become dangerous due to the risk of being hit by a golf ball.

For the health and safety of the community, residents are encouraged to use parks and trails responsibly, be courteous neighbors and follow the guidelines listed below:

  • Practice social distancing. Park and trail users should maintain a distance of at least 6 feet from each other.
  • Stay home if you are sick. Protect others in the community – this practice is essential, especially for those who are most vulnerable.
  • Minimize use of playground structures, shared equipment or other physical amenities. The City of Brooklyn Park does not recommend the use of playground structures, shared equipment and other physical amenities – as these surfaces are not sanitized. This includes the use of picnic tables, picnic shelters, benches, shared sports balls/equipment and more.
  • Avoid congregating/gathering in groups. City parks are not open for gatherings. Picnics, organized athletic games and pickup games are not permitted.

In addition, as a precaution aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus, city of Brooklyn Park drinking fountains will remain shut off, and portable restrooms and park buildings will be unavailable, until further notice.

Check out the COVID-19 Resources webpage for general city services updates, resident and business resources and other helpful information.

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March 27, 2020, 3:45 p.m.

Executive Order

On March 25, Governor Tim Walz issued an emergency executive order directing Minnesotans to “Stay at Home” effective today at 11:59pm through Friday, April 10 at 5 pm.

Although you are encouraged to stay indoors for most reasons, the order does include seven acceptable reasons to leave your home:

  1. Relocation to ensure safety
  2. Health and safety activities
  3. Necessary supplies and services.
  4. Essential and interstate travel
  5. Care of others
  6. Displacement. Individuals without a home are exempt
  7. Outdoor activities (e.g. walking, hiking, running, biking, hunting, or fishing), and may go to available public parks)

Outdoor Activities

Parks and trails in Brooklyn Park are open for activities that practice social distancing.

Time spent outdoors can offer a variety of mental and physical benefits. City of Brooklyn Park, parks, trails and open spaces remain open for activities that practice social distancing, including walking, jogging, bicycling and nature viewing.

For the health and safety of the community, residents are encouraged to use parks and trails responsibly, be courteous neighbors and follow the guidelines listed below:

  • Practice social distancing. Park and trail users should maintain a distance of at least 6 feet from each other.
  • Stay home if you are sick. Protect others in the community – this practice is essential, especially for those who are most vulnerable.
  • Minimize use of playground structures, shared equipment or other physical amenities. The City of Brooklyn Park does not recommend the use of playground structures, shared equipment and other physical amenities – as these surfaces are not sanitized. This includes the use of picnic tables, picnic shelters, benches, shared sports balls/equipment and more.
  • Avoid congregating/gathering in groups. City parks are not open for gatherings. Picnics, organized athletic games and pickup games are not permitted.

In addition, as a precaution aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus, City of Brooklyn Park drinking fountains will remain shut off, and portable restrooms and park buildings will be unavailable, until further notice.

Please practice responsible use of Brooklyn Park’s parks, trails and open spaces. Step outside to enjoy a nature walk, breathe fresh air and soak up some sunshine alone or with family – and be friendly to others!

March 26, 2020, 7:35 p.m.

A message from Brooklyn Park City Council about “Stay at Home” Order 

COVID-19 has changed our community in a very short period of time. Now more than ever we want to know how we can support you through this challenging and ever-changing environment. 

Yesterday, Governor Tim Walz issued an emergency executive order directing Minnesotans to “Stay at Home” effective Friday, March 27 at 11:59pm through Friday, April 10 at 5 pm.  

We want to hear from you about how COVID-19 is affecting you and your family. Please take a minute to take COVID-19 Community Impact Survey. This survey will help guide us on what support and resources are needed to combat the effects of the COVID-19 crisis. We will share survey results on our COVID-19 Resources Page

We will get through this together by looking out for our neighbors and protecting our families and those most vulnerable. 

City Services 

Before the governor’s “Stay at Home” directive, the city had taken measures to protect the community by closing buildings to the public and continuing to offer services online, by phone or e-mail. Police and Fire have remained fully operational. 

With this new directive from the governor, we will continue to offer core city services you rely on: police, fire, and water and sewer. There won’t be any monitoring of those going out in the community during this time, but we strongly encourage you to review and follow the governor’s executive order and FAQ

Things you can do during this time 

  • Residents in Brooklyn Park live within walking distance of a park. Enjoy our parks and trails while maintaining social distancing (6 feet away from others) (learn more here
  • Go to the grocery store and buy enough to last two weeks to reduce trips. Avoid hoarding so essential groceries are available for others who need it  
  • Know the facts about COVID-19 and reduce stigmas
  • We are a close-knit community, so please check on your neighbors, especially the elderly, to see if they are safe or need groceries or supplies 

This is a stressful time for everyone, but following these guidelines and the governor’s stay at home order will help us slow the spread of the virus and help our healthcare system catch up. This way we can help those who need a hospital bed and ventilator.  

More Information 

Please subscribe to receive updates on our COVID-19 Resources webpage and for topics related to COVID-19 impact on our community by clicking subscribe.  

Be safe, 

Mayor Jeffrey Lunde 
Councilmember Lisa Jacobson 
Councilmember Mark Mata 
Councilmember Terry Parks 
Councilmember Susan Pha 
Councilmember Wynfred Russell 
Councilmember Tonja West-Hafner 

March 25, 2020, 5:45 p.m.

This afternoon Governor Tim Walz issued an emergency executive order directing Minnesotans to “Stay at Home” effective Friday, March 27 at 11:59 pm.

Click here to read the full executive order >
Click here for additional information and clarification >

March 25, 2020, 12:00 p.m.

The final plans for the redevelopment of Hartkopf, Lakeland and Norwood parks will be revealed on the city’s website.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, tomorrow’s (3/26/2020) Brooklyn Park Community Assembly is cancelled. During the meeting the final plans were expected to be revealed. We apologize for any inconvenience and will let residents know through email when the plans are available to view online.

The city is monitoring the COVID-19 situation closely and following Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines and the governor’s directive.

You can subscribe for more updates related to COVID-19 by clicking “subscribe” below.

March 25, 2020, 10:15 a.m.

These past few weeks have left many of us worried, scared and confused. There are so many unknowns and we are forced to take things day by day. Our department has never been faced with so many tough decisions that affect the lives and well-being of so many people.   

Our Recreation and Parks teams, from Brooklyn Park Nature Preschool to Adults on the Move, youth and adult sports programs, dance, teen activities, facilities, registration and customer service are working diligently to provide the families in our community with the resources they need to get through this unprecedented time. We’re working tirelessly to provide you with alternative program opportunities and at-home enrichment for participants of all ages.  We are offering credits and refunds for program participants and you should be receiving confirmation about this activity over the next week.  

We appreciate your support and patience these next few weeks and months as we work to come up with a plan that will keep all of you safe and healthy. We take COVID-19 very seriously and are following the guidelines brought forth by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We have come to the hard decision to cancel Recreation and Parks Department programs and events through May 31, 2020. Families currently registered for winter and spring programs impacted by these cancellations will receive a detailed message from the program supervisor in the coming days with information about credits, refunds, and other resources. 

We encourage you to get outside and use our beautiful parks and trails while keeping social distancing in mind. In the meantime, our staff will be working on ways to stay connected with you through online platforms or virtual experiences. 

COVID-19: Social Distancing in Public Parks and Trails
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Finally, the leaders within the City of Brooklyn Park want to know how we can help support you during this difficult time. By completing this one minute survey, you can help us better understand how we can work together to get through this difficult time. The results of the survey will be shared on the city’s COVID-19 Resources page and with City Council. It will also help guide our work during these unprecedented times. 

Click here to take the survey >

We are available to help you with questions or needs you might have during this time. Someone can be reached Monday through Friday 8am to 10pm at 763-493-8333. We look forward to providing you with updates as soon as we are able.  


Jody Yungers 
Director of Recreation and Parks 

March 24, 2020, 10:00 a.m.

Brooklyn Park Mayor Jeffrey Lunde has issued a Local Emergency Declaration. 

Per state law, city council members voted last night to extend the declaration after the Mayor signed it on Thursday. The declaration comes after Governor Tim Walz issued a peacetime state of emergency. 

The city’s emergency declaration allows City Manager Jay Stroebel and Fire Chief/Emergency Operations Director John Cunningham to take actions necessary to protect the public’s health, safety, and welfare related to the COVID-19 emergency. These actions will also allow for an additional level of continuity of city operations during the COVID-19 emergency.  

 “The Brooklyn Park community should be confident that their leaders are taking this pandemic seriously,” said Mayor Lunde. “I have full confidence in City Manager Jay Stroebel and Fire Chief John Cunningham to lead this effort.” 

The city has created a COVID-19 Resources page to update the community of city operations, closures, cancellations and other helpful information to help residents and business owners during this time. 

Also, subscribe for COVID-19 Updates by clicking the button below. 

March 20, 2020, 4:00 p.m.

City of Brooklyn Park extends closure of city facilities

The city of Brooklyn Park facilities (except police stations) will remain closed. The goal is to promote social distancing and reduce the number of large gatherings. Residents can still do city business online, by phone and via email.

Earlier this week the city announced closing facilities through Friday, March 20 to allow staff to come up with a plan to ensure city services could be offered in a way that minimizes transmission of COVID-19 among staff and within our community. This extension of the closure is part of that plan. It also follows Minnesota Department of Health recommendations aimed at slowing the spread of  COVID-19.

Closure of City Facilities

All city facilities (except police stations) will remain closed to the public. This includes Brooklyn Park City Hall, DMV, Community Activity Center, Zanewood, Edinburgh USA, Brookland Golf Park, Brooklyn Park Sports Dome at Park Center, Fire stations, and the Operations and Maintenance facility.

The city will have staff available to answer phone calls and questions. Fire and Police departments will be fully operational. Residents and customers may conduct business by phone or online, including utility billing (can use dropbox), recreation registration and some online building permits. We have a list of city services and numbers you can call on our COVID-19 resources webpage

Public Meetings 

To promote social distancing, council/commission members may participate remotely. The Economic Development Authority (EDA), Planning Commission and City Council meetings will be televised on cable channel 16 and live streamed via the city website.

For public comment for the EDA and council meetings, residents have a couple of options, text or email Mayor Jeffrey Lunde in advance with subject line, “Council Testimony”:



The format of public meetings are subject to change. 

Other Information:

The city will evaluate closures and cancellations on an ongoing basis as we learn more about the impacts of COVID-19 on our community.

Please continue to check the COVID-19 resources webpage and the city’s events calendar for the latest updates on city services, closures, and cancellations.

March 19, 2020, 9:00 a.m.

Resident Resources

We are continually updating a list of helpful resources for community members. This includes efforts from different kinds of businesses to ease the impact of COVID-19.

View the full COVID-19 resident resource list >


Included on this list are several internet companies in the area offering free internet services for a limited time. Stay informed and stay safe!

View a list of internet resources >


Due to the recent closure of all sit-down options in Minnesota, we are also continually updating a list of nearby restaurants that still offer drive through, delivery or curbside pickup options.

View an interactive map of open restaurants in Brooklyn Park >

Read more about the temporary closure of restaurants and other businesses (PDF) >
Learn more about food safety for delivery and pickup services (PDF) >

March 18, 2020, 6:15 p.m.

With our Senior’s Lounge temporarily closed and Adults on the Move programming canceled we want to offer as much information as we can to keep our residents active and informed.

Each Thursday at 12pm AARP will hold a live COVID-19 informational Tele-Town Hall.

Thursday, March 19, topic:

Staying Safe: Protect Your Health, Wealth and Loved Ones

During the 90-minute live event, government experts will answer your questions and address your health concerns related to COVID-19. They’ll share information that can protect you from coronavirus scams and help you care for your loved ones during this time.

Call toll-free 855-274-9507 to join the live event and ask questions. You can also listen to the live stream during the event. For more information click: AARP Live Q&A Event: The Coronavirus

En español

Experts at Tele-Town Hall:

Jay C. Butler, M.D., deputy director for infectious diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Daniel Kaufman, deputy director, Bureau of Consumer Protection, Federal Trade Commission

Lance Robertson, assistant secretary for aging, Administration for Community Living, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

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March 18, 2020, 2:45 p.m.

With the closure of the DMV inside city hall, we have received many calls and messages about renewing driver’s licenses and tabs. For more information on updating your Driver’s License and Tabs, you visit the state Driver and Vehicle Services website.

We are also aware that this is a challenging time for our families so we will be waiving late fees for utility bills through June 30.

March 17, 2020, 9:25 a.m.

From Tuesday March 17 through Friday March 20, all city facilities, with the exception of the police station and fire station, are closed. Limited staff will be available to answer phone calls from residents. Police and Fire departments are fully operational. This closure will allow city staff to plan and ensure city services can be offered in a way that minimizes transmission of COVID-19 among staff and within our community.

We encourage residents to continue checking this webpage for general updates, community resources, changes to city operations. You can also receive the latest information on city happenings through our city’s social media pages and by subscribing to city emails.

Phone for Motor Vehicle questions
(651) 297-2126

Phone for Driver’s License questions
(651) 297-3298

More info on Driver and Vehicle Services

March 16, 2020, 5:15 p.m.

Due to new federal coronavirus guidelines issued today, recommending that members of the public avoid groups of more than 10 people, the regularly scheduled Brooklyn Park City Council Meeting on Monday, March 16, 2020 at 7 p.m. has been canceled.

Please also note that all city sponsored events will be canceled at least through April 30.  

All board, commission, and committee in-person meetings will be canceled.  Some meetings, including Planning Commission, may be held by phone or through electronic means.  Please look at the city’s event for any updated information.

March 16, 2020, 9:30 a.m.

In addition to all previous closures and cancellations, all events, workshops and large meetings are now cancelled or postponed through the end of April.

This includes but is not limited to:

  • Community Workshops (3/18)
  • Brooklyn Park Community Assembly (3/26)
  • Brooklyns Count Census Rally (3/28)
  • Active Aging Resource Fair (4/15)

Event cancellations will also be indicated on the events calendar.

March 16, 2020, 9:00 a.m.

Following the direction of Governor Walz and the Minnesota Department of Education, Osseo Area Schools and programs are closed from Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 27.


March 16 and 17:  Students may receive a free cold lunch from 11 am to 1 pm at any District 279 school.

March 18 – 27: A plan to provide meals under the governor’s directive will be communicated as soon as possible.

Additionally, the city is currently working on a resource web page that would offer information for residents and businesses to lessen the burden of COVID-19 mitigation strategies.

March 15, 2020, 1:50 p.m.

Continuing our efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19, we are encouraging all residents and other members of the public to use our website or call whenever possible instead of visiting city facilities in person.



March 13, 2020, 8:00 p.m.

As a precaution and in effort to slow the spread of the virus, Recreation & Parks programs and activities are canceled immediately. Recreation and Parks facilities, including the Community Activity Center, the Brooklyn Park Sports Dome and Zanewood Rec Center, will close as of March 15, 7 am. All cancellations and closures are until further notice. Staff will be working to process refunds for canceled programs and rentals in the coming days.

The purpose of the cancellations and closure is to protect public health of the population and those with underlying medical conditions by implementing social distancing measures, reducing activities and limiting non-essential gatherings.

March 13, 2020, 9:25 a.m.

As a precaution and in effort to slow the spread of the virus, Recreation & Parks Adults on the Move 55+ programs and adult fitness classes are canceled and the Senior Lounge is closed as of March 13, 4 pm, until further notice. The purpose of the cancellations and closure is to protect the public health of the higher-risk older adult population and those with underlying medical conditions by implementing social distancing measures and reducing activities. Staff will provide a status update by April 1.

The 2020 Active Aging Resource Fair scheduled for Wednesday, April 15 and trips to Treasure Island Casino on March 31 and The Chanhassen Dinner Theater on Wednesday, April 22 have also been canceled. 

Thank you for your patience, understanding, and support as we try to protect the health of our residents, participants and staff while monitoring the evolving situation.

March 12, 2020, 5:08 p.m.

The city of Brooklyn Park is actively monitoring the outbreak of the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The safety of our residents and staff is of utmost importance.

The city’s public safety team is collaborating with county and state public health and emergency management officials.  The city is adapting existing response plans as new information becomes available from public health professionals. 

Hennepin County Public Health encourages everyone to take the same precautions recommended for avoiding colds and flu:

  • Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough and sneezes. (Cough into your elbow or sleeve)

For updates and guidance, please visit the Minnesota Department of Health website. More information is also available online at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

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