City Halls Close to Public, Rec Programming Canceled Until Further Notice
Life in the northwest suburbs has changed as we know it due to the coronavirus outbreak. Places we sometimes take for granted are now closed for at least the next three weeks.
The city of Golden Valley, for instance, has closed city hall to the public. The city’s Department of Motor Vehicles and Brookview Golden Valley are also closed.
According to the city, the closures are in place through at least April 3. Public safety emergency services will continue as usual.
Maple Grove Cancels Park & Rec Programming Until Further Notice
Maple Grove is taking similar mitigation measures. The city’s sports dome, community center and senior center are closed until further notice.
According to the city’s website, city council meetings will occur as scheduled.
Osseo Closes City Buildings
The Osseo Community Center will be closed for the foreseeable future and all events will be cancelled. The Osseo City Hall will close to the general public beginning March 17 through Friday, March 27. Osseo’s library branch will also be closed. Learn more here.
Brooklyn Center Closes Public Buildings
Beginning Wednesday March 18, Brooklyn Center will close all buildings to the public with the exception of the police department. Police counter business will be open for police related business exclusively. Buildings will remain closed until April 1 or further notice. City employees will communicate through telephone or email. For the latest on Brooklyn Center COVID-19 related cancellations, click here.
Local Lawmakers to Meet on an “On-Call” Basis
Local lawmakers are also changing how they conduct business. During the next four weeks, lawmakers will meet on an “on-call” basis in places where people can stay at least six feet apart. They will also work remotely when possible.
House Speaker Melissa Hortman, DFL-Brooklyn Park; House Minority Leader Kurt Daudt, R-Crown; Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka, R-East Gull Lake; and Senate Minority Leader Susan Kent, DFL-Woodbury, made the announcement Sunday.
According to the legislative leaders, priorities will shift to passing a capital investment bill to fund local projects that could boost the economy and policies aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19. All unessential proposals will fall away.