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.

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. 

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.

City of Minneapolis: Current Status

  • Minnesota Governor Tim Walz's “Stay Safe MN” Executive Order went into effect on May 18, 2020. The Stay Safe Plan, unveiled on May 20, provides a set of phases for the safe reopening in a number of settings. Restrictions on movie theaters, theaters, bowling alleys, gyms and other venues that attract large crowds remain in effect.
  • Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey is currently requiring individuals to cover their nose and mouth with a mask or cloth face covering in accordance with CDC guidance when in Minneapolis indoor spaces where people gather, including retail stores, government buildings, schools and recreation centers. This applies to individuals who are over age two and able to medically tolerate a face covering.
  • All employers of Minneapolis businesses that are spaces of public accommodation shall require their employees to wear a cloth face covering whenever employees have face-to-face contact with the public.

Visitor Information

The Meet Minneapolis Visitor Center is closed through June 15, 2020 (this date is subject to change). Visitor Services staff are available during business hours by phone, email and through social media: 

Travel

  • CDC recommends you stay home as much as possible and avoid close contact, especially if you are at higher risk of severe illness. If you must travel, follow any state and local travel restrictions currently in place. It is possible that some state and local governments may put in place travel restrictions, stay-at-home or shelter-in-place orders, mandated quarantines upon arrival, or even state border closures while you are traveling. For more information and travel guidance, check with the state or local health department where you are, along your route, and at your planned destination. Just because there are no restrictions at the time you plan to leave does not mean there won’t be restrictions in place when you arrive.
  • Go here for “several things you should consider when deciding whether it is safe for you to travel.”
  • The CDC currently "recommends that travelers avoid all nonessential international travel" as there is widespread, ongoing transmission of COVID-19 worldwide. All international travelers should stay home for 14 days after returning from travel, monitor their health, and practice social distancing.
  • 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.

Restaurants

As of June 1, restaurants, bars, cafes, coffeehouses and taprooms are allowed to reopen with outdoor dining, limited capacity, required reservations and recommended face masks (required for employees). Not all establishments will reopen on June 1 and many are continuing to offer food and beverage using delivery service, window service, walk-up service, drive-thru service, or drive-up service, and are using precautions in doing so to mitigate the potential transmission of COVID-19, including social distancing.

Resources:

Attractions and Events

Per Governor Walz’s “Stay Safe MN” Executive Order, theaters, cinemas, indoor and outdoor performance venues, and museums are currently closed. Additionally, all gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited.

Major sports leagues, including the MLB, MLS, NBA, NHL and NCAA have cancelled games and/or postponed their current or upcoming seasons. For more information on the current status on sports cancellations and postponements, click here.

U.S. Bank Stadium's ticket office is closed until further notice. Public tours are currently unavailable, and all concerts through July are postponed or cancelled. The Vikings Locker Room Team Store is closed until further notice.

The Target Field Ticket Office is closed until further notice. All tours (public & private) have been suspended. The Twins Clubhouse Store is closed until further notice.

The Target Center Box Office is closed until further notice All events are currently postponed or cancelled through June. Building tours have been suspended until further notice.

Regular season matches at Allianz Field are currently suspended until at least June 13. The Black and Blue Team Store is closed until further notice.

The Xcel Energy Center Box Office is currently closed. All events are currently postponed or cancelled through June. Public tours are not available at this time. 

All University of Minnesota venues are open only to those with "essential on-campus roles."

All planned field and ice tournaments and leagues at the National Sports Center have been cancelled through July.

Major attractions: 

  • 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 June
  • First Avenue: All shows postponed or cancelled through June
  • Paisley Park: Celebration 2020 postponed until fall, and Paisley Park tours currently suspended until further notice 
  • Minnesota Historical Society: Historic sites, museum and library closed through June 30

Resources:

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 is following the recommendations by the Minnesota Department of Health, the Governor of Minnesota and the Mayor of Minneapolis. Events at the MCC are restricted through June 30, 2020. For more information and updates, visit the Minneapolis Convention Center's site.

Mall of America

Mall of America has delayed its June 1 reopening. When it does open to the public not all retailers will reopen at the same time. Restaurants and attractions, including Nickelodeon Universe, will remain closed until further notice. Mall of America events have been suspended until further notice.

For more information, visit: https://mallofamerica.com/

Other Retail

Walz's most recent Executive Order allows “all retail stores, malls and other businesses that sell, rent, maintain and repair goods to open beginning on Monday, May 18 as long as they have adopted and implemented a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan including social distancing guidelines for workers and customers, and allow no more than 50% of the establishment’s occupant capacity at any time.” As of June 1, hair salons are allowed to reopen with limited capacity and required appointments.

For more information, visit: https://www.mnretail.org/covid-19

Parks, Beaches, and Pools

Parks

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. 
  • Practice social distancing of at least six feet, except for members of the same household.
  • If not possible to maintain social distancing throughout an activity, such as while playing basketball or volleyball, then you should only participate in that activity with members of your household.
  • Keep in mind that even activities and sports that are typically thought of as non-contact, such as doubles tennis or pickleball, may require special accommodations to allow for social distancing.
  • Do not gather in groups of more than 10 people.
  • Explore the range of nearby public lands available to you; if you arrive at a park, water access site, or other public recreation land and see that it is busy, choose a different option.
  • Avoid contact with shared amenities like playground equipment, picnic tables, and benches. Assume such equipment has not been sanitized. Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer if you do come in contact with shared amenities.
  • Bring a water bottle. MPRB water fountains remain turned off and MPRB restroom buildings remain closed for the health and safety of park users. Temporary portable restrooms are available at many parks. 

Play Areas

118 play areas located throughout the park system have reopened.

Parkways

Sections of Lake Harriet Parkway, Lake Nokomis Parkway, Main Street SE, West River Parkway, Bde Maka Ska Parkway, Cedar Lake Parkway, East River Parkway, and Lake of the Isles Parkway have been closed to motor vehicle traffic and opened to pedestrians to allow more room for social distancing. Cyclists should remain on bike paths.

Athletic Fields, Courts and Golf Courses

The following facilities and amenities throughout the park system have reopened:

  • 400 multipurpose field for soccer, football, baseball and softball
  • Almost 100 basketball courts 
  • More than 12 tennis courts
  • Six skateparks

Six golf courses and three driving ranges are open. Golfers are encouraged to walk or stand at least six feet apart and only one golfer is allowed per cart.

Dog Parks

All off-leash dog parks remain open. Permits are still required and available for purchase online at www.minneapolisparks.org/dogparks

Program Buildings

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.

Eateries

The following are open/will open for take-out options only: 

  • Lola's Food Truck - Bde Maka Ska (open now)
  • Bread & Pickle - Lake Harriet (open now)
  • Sea Salt - Minnehaha Falls (open now)
  • Sandcastle - Lake Nokomis (opening on June 3)

Other Facilities and Amenities

The following facilities and amenities throughout the park system are currently open or will open soon:

  • Gardens and bird sanctuaries
  • Bike and boat rentals - at Minnehaha Falls (bikes), Bde Maka Ska, Lake Nokomis, Lake Harriet
  • Boat/canoe launches and fishing piers
  • Picnic tables - visitors may have a picnic with up to 10 people who live in the same household

Events

All events at Minneapolis parks that are produced by the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board are cancelled through August 31, 2020.

For More Information

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board has put together an FAQ section for all COVID-19 park-related information

Skyway Systems

As of May 18, Minneapolis skyways are allowed to open. However, as skyways are managed by individual buildings, hours of operation and open/close statuses may vary. 

Stay up to date on current skyway operations with the May 2020 Skyway Operations Summary Report.

Metro Transit 

As of May 18, face coverings are required on buses and trains. Learn more about the requirement.

As part of the ongoing, shared effort to limit the spread of COVID-19, Metro Transit has reduced service. Customers who must use transit during hours of operation are asked to do so for essential travel only. 

Metro Transit has suspended all bus service from 11 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. Light Rail service will operate between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. daily. 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.

On 40-foot buses, no more than 10 customers are allowed on board at a time; on 60-foot buses, no more than 15 customers are allowed on board at a time. When a bus reaches the customer threshold, it will display "Next Bus Please" on its overhead sign.

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

Visit www.metrotransit.org/health for more information. 

Helpful Resources

To ensure you are reading the most accurate and up-to-date news regarding the Coronavirus, follow the CDC’s updates on cdc.gov or their social channels (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube).

If you have health questions about COVID-19, the Minnesota Department of Health offers a specific COVID-19 hotline: 651-201-3920 (8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Central Time).

More local links for essential information: