City and State Closure Updates

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Check this Page Daily for Updates on City Closures and Other Changes
(As of May 29)

NOTICE: ALL CITY BUILDINGS WILL BE CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. 
In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and to protect our customers and employees, the City of Columbia Heights has closed the majority of its public-facing services, effective March 17 through June 1, 2020. Many more facilities will reopen June 1, with social distancing precautions in place. Residents are asked not to conduct business in person if they feel any cold- or flu-like symptoms.

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 on March 27. It expired May 18, with eased-up rules that went into effect May 19, and a plan for further easing June 1. 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 June 1. 

Schools statewide have been ordered to continue e-learning until the end of the school year.

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 May 26. 

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 June 1 are canceled or rescheduled.
A donation bin has been set up in the vestibule of the Public Safety Building to accept homemade facemask donations.

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

City Hall
Public-facing services CLOSED until further notice. 

Community Development/Building Inspections
Public-facing services CLOSED until further notice. 
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
The Huset Park splash pad is closed for the summer. 
All wading pools are closed for the the summer. 
Parks remain open. Social distancing while in parks is required. 
Murzyn Hall closed through June 1. 
All programs, classes, and events are canceled until further notice. 
All meeting, hall, and room reservations are canceled until further notice.
Highlander Center city gym is CLOSED until further notice.
Senior Citizen Center closed until further notice. 
Recreation programs are closed until further notice.

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 may still occur. Keep an eye out for updates. 
The Fire Dept Open House and Truck or Treat in the fall are still scheduled to go forward as planned.  
100th Anniversary Celebrations in 2021 are still scheduled to move forward as planned. 

Library

Library is CLOSED until further notice, though online services are still available.
All in-person programs, classes, and events are canceled through June 1.
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 CLOSED until further notice
Recycling Center closed until further notice
Social separation precautions in place to continue essential operations.

Rental/Property Maintenance Inspections
Public-facing services CLOSED until further notice.
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 started March 30. Sports, programs, and other extracurricular activities are canceled at least through at least May 18. 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 are  closed until further notice. 

Area Restaurants 
For a list of area restaurants that are still offering takeout and delivery, click here. Many restaurants will reopen with outside seating only 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