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COVID-19 Latest Updates

This page contains updates about city services and operations during the COVID-19 outbreak.

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 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.
    Additional guidance >
  • 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 mnvotes.org. 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 more >

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 >

CARES Act

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 >

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
1-888-291-9811

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 www.edinburghusa.com 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 www.brooklandgolfpark.org 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 full 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 phillips.house.gov >.

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 read the summery of changes >
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 SAHviolations@state.mn.us.

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

Emergency Operations Center Report

Overview

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.

Summary

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 (learn more here)  
  • 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. 

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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.  

Sincerely,  

Jody Yungers 
Director of Recreation and Parks 
763-493-8333 

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”:

Email
jeffrey.lunde@brooklynpark.org 

Text
763-242-1555

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 >

Internet

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 >

Restaurants

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
Dvs.dps.mn.gov

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.

Meals

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.

Email
communications@brooklynpark.org

Phone
763-493-8003

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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