COVID-19 Minneapolis Resources
The Minneapolis community – from residents to visitors to businesses – are incredibly important to all of us at Meet Minneapolis. We continue to monitor the daily developments around the spread of COVID-19 (also commonly known as “coronavirus”) and are committed to providing up-to-date information on how it is affecting the city, our partners and clients. Our goal is to help our community stay safe, while also doing our part to support the local businesses that make our city thrive. We will continue to update this section and resources as we receive new information about visiting Minneapolis.
Governor Tim Walz issued a “stay-at-home” order for Minnesota, beginning at midnight on March 27 through April 10 at 5 p.m. For information, go here. Frequently asked question about #StayHomeMN can be found here.
Our goal is to help our community stay safe, while also doing our part to support the local businesses that make our city thrive. We will continue to update this section and resources as we receive new information about visiting Minneapolis.
Meet Minneapolis encourages everyone to follow the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for everyday actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses and the Minnesota Department of Health, which is leading the state and city preparedness and information dissemination on COVID-19. Meet Minneapolis also is working with the City of Minneapolis, Minneapolis Convention Center (MCC), Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP) International Airport and others to keep this information updated.
The Meet Minneapolis Visitor Center is closed through May 4, 2020 (this date is subject to change). Visitor Services staff are available during business hours by phone, email and through social media:
- According to the CDC, it “does not generally issue advisories or restrictions for travel within the United States. However, cases of COVID-19 have been reported in many states, and some areas are experiencing community spread of the disease.” Go here for “several things you should consider when deciding whether it is safe for you to travel.”
- According to the CDC, “Depending on your travel history, you will be asked to stay home for a period of 14 days from the time you left an area with widespread or ongoing community spread.” There are currently more than 50 countries that have a Level 3 Travel Health Notice (widespread, ongoing transmission).
- Among MSP Airport’s protocols, they have ramped up cleaning and disinfecting procedures for MSP touchpoints. Its cleaning partner has established a formal COVID-19 response team and microbial remediation plan, and is conducting extra disinfection of public spaces throughout MSP.
Minnesota Governor Tim Walz issued an Executive Order directing the closing of dine-in restaurants, bars, cafes and coffeehouses through April 10, 2020, at 5 p.m. Establishments are encouraged to offer food and beverage using delivery service, window service, walk-up service drive-through service, or drive-up service, and to use precautions in doing so to mitigate the potential transmission of COVID-19, including social distancing.
- How to support the Minneapolis community (including where to get takeout/curbside pickup and restaurants offering free lunches for kids)
Attractions and Events
Governor Walz also issued an Executive Order directing the closing of theaters, cinemas, indoor and outdoor performance venues and museums through April 10, 2020. Additionally, all gatherings of more than 10 people are not recommended.
Major sports leagues, including the MLB, MLS, NBA, NHL and NCAA have cancelled games and/or postponed their current or upcoming seasons.
All events at Target Center are currently cancelled through April 2020.
U.S. Bank Stadium's ticket office is closed until further notice. Public tours have been cancelled through April 30, and all May concerts are postponed. The Vikings Locker Room Team Store is closed until further notice.
- Minneapolis Institute of Art: closed until further notice – explore the art using Mia at Home
- Walker Art Center: closed until further notice
Though the Walker Art Center is closed, the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden remains open for those who wish to visit. We highly recommend practicing social distancing even outdoors, staying at least 6 feet away from any other visitors.
- Weisman Art Museum: closed until further notice
- American Swedish Institute: closed to the public until further notice
- Guthrie Theater: temporarily closed their Box Office (phone and in-person sales), administrative offices, and the public spaces of the building. All performances for the 2019-20 season are cancelled
- Hennepin Theatre Trust venues, including the Orpheum, Pantages and State theatres, have postponed or rescheduled all shows through April
- First Avenue: March and April shows postponed
- Paisley Park: Celebration 2020 postponed until fall, and Paisley Park tours currently suspended until further notice
- More information on local event cancellations and postponements
- How you can help support local businesses
If you find yourself in need of art during the next few weeks, visit museum websites and social media accounts to virtually visit art pieces and exhibits
Minneapolis Convention Center
The MCC will follow the recommendations by the Minnesota Department of Health, the Governor of Minnesota and the Mayor of Minneapolis. Events at the MCC will be restricted through May 10, 2020. For more information and updates, visit the Minneapolis Convention Center's site.
Mall of America
The Mall of America, including Nickelodeon Universe, is temporarily closed. Mall of America events have been suspended until further notice.
For more information, visit: https://www.mallofamerica.com/COVID19
Parks, Beaches, and Pools
All parks and trails remain open. The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board urges park users to follow park use guidelines:
- Do not visit parks or trails if you feel sick. This includes fever, body aches, coughing, nasal congestion, runny nose and sore throat.
- Stay at least six feet apart from other park users not part of your household.
- Wash your hands immediately before and after visiting a park.
- Walk to local parks. Do not drive across the city or metro to visit popular park attractions.
- Do not hang out at the park all day. Visit to walk, bike or roll, then return home.
- No group activities with people from outside your household.
Playgrounds remain open. However, playground users and caregivers bringing children to playgrounds should be aware that playground equipment is not sanitized and are urged to follow the guidelines above.
Sections of Lake Harriet Parkway, Lake Nokomis Parkway, Main Street SE and West River Parkway have been closed to motor vehicle traffic and opened to pedestrians to allow more room for social distancing.
Athletic Fields, Courts and Golf Courses
Athletic fields and courts remain open, with restrictions.
Golf courses are preparing to open once allowed by Gov. Walz. Until then, please stay off greens and fairways so staff may work.
All off-leash dog parks remain open. Permits are still required and available for purchase online at www.minneapolisparks.org/dogparks
Program buildings remain closed to the public until further notice, including all recreation centers.
Beaches and Pools
Outdoor aquatic facilities will not open this summer. This includes, beaches, wading pools, waterparks, and the Webber Natural Swimming Pool.
All events at Minneapolis parks that are produced by the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board are cancelled through August 31, 2020.
The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board has put together an FAQ section for all COVID-19 park related information.
Stay up to date on skyway closures and adjusted hours with the March 2020 Skyway Operations Summary Report.
As part of the ongoing, shared effort to limit the spread of COVID-19, Metro Transit will reduce service beginning Wednesday, March 25.
Metro Transit will suspend all bus and light rail service from 11 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. The exception is the METRO Blue Line airport shuttle between Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 stations, which will continue to operate overnight.
Light Rail trains will now run a 20-minute schedule throughout the day.
The Northstar Commuter Rail Line will only run two trips to downtown Minneapolis in the morning and two outbound trips to the northwest suburbs in the afternoon. It will not run on weekends
For a specific list of schedule changes visit: https://www.metrotransit.org/reduced-service-march-25
Customers who must use transit during hours of operation are asked to do so for essential travel only.
Visit www.metrotransit.org/health for more information.
If you have health questions about COVID-19, the Minnesota Department of Health offers a specific COVID-19 hotline: 651-201-3920 (7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Central Time).
More local links for essential information:
- Minnesota Department of Health: www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/index.html
- City of Minneapolis Office of Emergency Management: www.minneapolismn.gov/emergency/coronavirus
- Hennepin County: www.hennepin.us/residents/emergencies/covid-19