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Check this Page Daily for Updates on City Closures and Other Changes
(As of July 23)

GOVERNOR'S FACE COVERING MANDATE FOR ALL PUBLIC INDOOR SPACES BEGINS JULY 25 
STATEWIDE UPDATE: Governor Walz signed EO 20-67, relaxing the rules for businesses effective June 10:  
  • Restaurants and bars can now offer service indoors at 50% capacity, but cannot exceed 250 people in a single self-contained space, with reservations required;
  • Personal services like salons, tattoo parlors and barbershops at 50% capacity, cannot exceed 250 people in a single self-contained space, with appointments required; 
  • Gyms, personal fitness and yoga studios for both indoor and outdoor use at 25% capacity; 
  • Seated indoor entertainment like movies, concert halls, bowling, arcades, museums, and theaters at 25% capacity, cannot exceed 250 people in a single self-contained space;
  • Pools at 50% capacity and maintain social distancing; and 
  • Churches can now open at 50% and weddings and funerals can now be bigger
In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and to protect our customers and employees, the City of Columbia Heights had closed the majority of its public-facing services, effective March 17 through June 1, 2020. Most facilities reopened by June 8, with social distancing precautions in place. Residents are asked not to conduct business in person if they feel any cold- or flu-like symptoms, and conduct business remotely if possible. 

Even with a reduction in face-to-face visits, staff is available to help you via email or phone. City staff contact information can be found hereIf you know the department you need to speak with, please navigate to their page, which also has contact information. Otherwise, please call the City’s main number, 763-706-3600, and someone will direct your call.

Statewide
A statewide face covering mandate for all indoor public spaces begins July 25. 

Governor Tim Walz declared a Stay-at-Home order on March 27. It expired May 18, with eased-up rules that went into effect in May and June. Get more information here

Bars and restaurants statewide were allowed to reopen with safety and capacity restrictions.

City Council

Regular Council meetings are held in the Council Chambers with social separation precautions in place to help protect the citizens, staff, and the Council. The next meeting will be held July 27. 

Public Safety – Police and Fire
Response to emergencies is not altered. Modified response to non-emergency calls for service.
A donation bin has been set up in the vestibule of the Public Safety Building to accept homemade facemask donations.

Public Safety reopened June 8 with restrictions in place. 

Boards and Commissions
All meetings of Boards and Commissions are scheduled on a tentative basis.

City Hall
Public-facing services resumed June 3 with restrictions in place. If you can, please continue to conduct business remotely. If you come into a City building, please practice social distancing and wear a facemask (the state mandates wearing facemasks inside all public buildings starting July 25). Also, for in-person payments, credit cards are encouraged.
 
Community Development/Building Inspections
Public-facing services opened June 3. 
Permit applications can also be found online here, and submitted via, email, direct mail, or utility bill drop box at City Hall.
Limited inspection services within the scope of social separation guidelines. With pre-approval of the Building Official some inspections can be completed virtually.

Recreation
The Huset Park splash pad is closed for the summer. 
All wading pools are closed for the summer. 
Parks remain open. Social distancing while in parks is required. 
Murzyn Hall and Rec Offices are open. 
Some programs, classes, and events are being offered with limited participation. 
Hall and meeting room rental reservations have resumed with capacity restrictions.
Highlander Center city gym is CLOSED until further notice.
Senior Citizen Center offering programs with limitations on participants.

Playgrounds
When the Governor announced the Stay-at-Home Emergency Executive Order, playgrounds were originally listed as closed. That guidance has changed to acknowledge that it is up to the cities to decide. The City of Columbia Heights is not closing off playgrounds at this time, but strongly discourages their use and cautions residents who visit parks to continue to practice social distancing. The Huset Park splash pad and all wading pools in the City will be closed for the summer.

Events
The annual Community Picnic has been canceled. 
The Lion's Jamboree celebrations, including the parade and fireworks display, has been canceled. 
Cheers for Beers has been canceled. 
The Citywide Garage Sale has been canceled. 
National Night Out has been postponed until Oct 6. 
The Fire Dept Open House and Truck or Treat in the fall are still scheduled to go forward as planned. Dates TBA.  
100th Anniversary Celebrations in 2021 are still scheduled to move forward as planned. 

Library

Library reopened July 6 with several restrictions in place. Online services are also available.

Beginning July 6, the Columbia Heights Public Library reopened at 50% capacity with reduced hours of:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday: 1 pm – 7 pm
Thursday, Friday: 11 am – 4 pm
Saturday: 11 am – 3 pm

• Customers can enter the building without an appointment to pick up holds, browse the shelves, and use computers and copier.
• Staff will be wearing masks; visitors will be encouraged to do so too.
• Everyone will be asked to maintain social distance of at least six feet from others.
• Furniture and computers have been rearranged to facilitate distancing.
• Visitors will be encouraged to complete essential business in 90 minutes or less in order to allow others to access the building.
• Meeting and study rooms will not be available.
• Staff will be sanitizing high touch areas throughout the day.
• Hand sanitizer will be available for patrons.
• Quarantining of materials will be discontinued so patrons with concerns should be encouraged to wash hands and set books aside before reading.
• Curbside pickup of materials will be available by arrangement for vulnerable populations. All others may pick up holds and self check within the building.

All in-person programs, classes, and events are canceled until further notice. All meeting room reservations are canceled until further notice and no new reservations are being accepted. All online services, including e-books, e-magazines, downloadable audiobooks and interactive databases are still available. Non-cardholders can sign up on the library website for a card for access to online resources.

Visit the library’s page for updated information.
Contact a librarian by phone between 9 am - 5 pm for assistance.
Wi-FI (“City Public” network) is available in parking lot outside the building.

Public Works
Public-facing services opened June 3.
Recycling Center has resumed its usual Saturday schedule. 
Social separation precautions in place to continue essential operations.

Columbia Heights School District
For more specific and up-to-date details, visit the district's COVID-19 information page here.

Top Valu Liquor Stores
Top Valu Store 1 on Central Avenue and Top Valu 2 on 37th opened June 3. 

Area Restaurants 
For a list of area restaurants that are still offering takeout and delivery, click here. Many restaurants reopened with outside seating starting June 1. 

Minnesota Department of Health COVID-19 Hotline
MDH has set up a public hotline that is open every day 7 am to 7 pm. The hotline number is 651-201-3920.

If You Are Sick: Prevent the Spread of COVID-19
Follow CDC recommendations for preventing the spread of COVID-19.

What You Can Do Now:
Put personal preparedness strategies in place for you and your family. Information can be found at:
Personal and Family Preparedness
Pandemic Preparedness

The best protective recommendation is to avoid being exposed to the COVID-19 virus by following CDC travel recommendations and following recommendations for colds and flu:

Stay home when you are sick
Cover your coughs and sneezes
Practice good handwashing
Disinfect surfaces

Printable Don’t Spread Germs poster PDF