City and State Closure Updates

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Check this Page Daily for Updates on City Closures and Other Changes
(As of March 31, 4:22 pm)

In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and to protect our customers and employees, the City of Columbia Heights is closing the majority of its public-facing services, effective March 17 through March 31, 2020, possibly longer.

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 here.

If 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
Governor Tim Walz declared a Stay-at-Home order to go into effect at 11:59 pm, March 27, and last through April 10. During this time, state residents are asked to only leave their homes for essential needs or if they are essential workers who cannot work from home. Get more information here

Bars and restaurants statewide have been ordered to stay closed through May 1. 

Schools statewide have been ordered to continue e-learning until May 4. 

City Council

Mon, April 13, Council Meeting will be held in the Council Chambers. Social separation precautions are in place to help protect the citizens, staff, and the Council.

Public Safety – Police and Fire
The Columbia Heights Public Safety building's lobby has been closed to the public but essential operations will continue.
Response to emergencies is not altered. Modified response to non-emergency calls for service.
All programs, classes, and events through April 30 are canceled or rescheduled.

Boards and Commissions
All meetings of Boards and Commissions are postponed until after April 10.

City Hall
Public-facing services CLOSED through April 10. Within that restriction, modified, but close to normal, business operations continue.

Community Development/Building Inspections
Public-facing services CLOSED through April 10.
Permit applications can 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
Murzyn Hall closed through April 30. 
All programs, classes, and events are canceled through April 30. Adult softball starts April 30.
All meeting, hall, and room reservations are canceled through April 30.
Highlander Center city gym is CLOSED through May 4.
Senior Citizen Center closed through May 4. 
Recreation programs begin again May 5.

Parks
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 does wish to remind residents using our parks to continue to practice social distancing.

Library

Library is CLOSED through May 4, though online services are still available.
All in-person programs, classes, and events are canceled through May 4.
All meeting room reservations are canceled through May 4 and no new reservations are being accepted.
Due date for all borrowed materials has been extended through April 15.
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 CLOSED through April 10.
Recycling Center closed through April 10.
Social separation precautions in place to continue essential operations.

Rental/Property Maintenance Inspections
Public-facing services CLOSED through April 10.
Limited exterior inspection services within the scope of social separation guidelines.
Monday, March 23, Council approved a 30-day Rental Occupancy licensing extension for licenses identified by the Fire Chief as being affected by reduction of inspection services.

Fire Permits
A permit for a one-day recreational fire can be downloaded from the City’s website here. Applicants should download, complete, sign and submit the form via email to the fire department for approval. Permits are not valid until signed and emailed back to the Applicant.

Columbia Heights School District
All schools in the district are closed, but school is not out of session. Virtual learning will start March 30. Sports, programs, and other extracurricular activities are canceled at least through May 1. For more specific and up-to-date details, visit the district's COVID-19 information page here.

Top Valu Liquor Stores
All three municipally owned Top Valu Liquor stores currently closed, but Top Valu Store 1 on Central Avenue will reopen April 1, and be open Mon-Sat, noon-8 pm. Limit of 10 customers in the store at a time. Credit card purchases only. 


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