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COVID-19 updates, closures and cancellations

Updated Friday, April 3, at 10 a.m.

City officials are monitoring the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak closely and making the appropriate adjustments to city operations. The situation remains fluid and may change multiple times a day.

City Hall and the Public Works and Public Safety Buildings will close to the public the morning of Thursday, March 19, to encourage social distancing. In conjunction with Washington County’s decision to close the R.H. Stafford Library effective Wednesday, March 18, the city also closed Central Park until further notice. HealthEast Sports Center remains closed until further notice as well.

City staff will be available via phone or email to help with service requests, including building inspections and inspections services. If you need a police, fire or emergency medical services response – emergency or non-emergency – dial 911. For general public safety inquiries and permit applications, send an email to police@woodburymn.gov or fire@woodburymn.gov, or call 651-714-3600. 

The Inspections Division will remain operational to the extent possible during the City Hall closure. Administrative staff and inspectors will be working at City Hall, and will be available to answer phones, schedule inspections, collect mail, process building permit applications, review plans and respond to email.

City Council and advisory commission meetings
The March 18 City Council meeting will be held as scheduled to conduct essential business on the agenda. As always, this meeting will be open to the public, with extra space provided to practice social distancing.

The city canceled the April 6 Planning Commission meeting, and the April 7 and May 5 Parks and Natural Resources Commission meetings. The status of future advisory commission and City Council meetings and workshops will be determined later. However, the city is exploring online options that will allow it to conduct essential business while ensuring access for public participation. More information will be shared in future updates. The canceled commission meetings may impact city projects, including the Valley Creek Park project.

Economic Development
The city has put together a list of emergency resources for small business owners

Parks and Recreation
To slow the spread of COVID-19, the City of Woodbury is canceling or postponing city-sponsored programs and events through May 10. A full list of these recreation and community programs is listed on the city’s website and will continue to be updated as information becomes available. The purpose of these cancellations and postponements is to protect public health by limiting non-essential public gatherings.

Buildings
HealthEast Sports Center and Central Park will remain closed until further notice. Eagle Valley Golf Course hopes to open soon. Find more information at eaglevalleygc.com.

Playgrounds and Park Amenities
The outdoor playgrounds are closed. Other park amenities should also be avoided because there is no way to clean and disinfect these areas.

Parks and Trails
Woodbury parks and trails remain open to the public. The city recognizes the importance of nature in helping to relieve stress during this time and are committed to providing a safe environment for visitors to enjoy, while protecting the health of city staff and the community. 

Here are a few tips for using the parks and trails:

  • Follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) guidance on personal hygiene prior to heading to trails: wash hands, carry hand sanitizer, do not use trails if you have symptoms, cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, etc.
  • Observe at all times the CDC’s minimum recommended social distancing of 6 feet from other people. Practice it and know what it looks like. Keep it as you walk, bike or hike.
  • Note that trail and park users will find public restrooms closed — be prepared before you leave and time outings so that you are not dependent on public restrooms.
  • Bring water—public drinking fountains should not be used.
  • Refrain from activities where persons are in close contact (less than 6 feet apart) and sharing equipment.

Summer Registration
While we’re practicing social distancing and spending more time inside, summer programs and events give us all something to look forward to by reconnecting in-person with friends, neighbors and the community. In light of the recent events and cancelations regarding COVID-19, Woodbury Parks and Recreation will continue to monitor the situation and follow the CDC guidelines providing program credits and/or refunds, should a program be canceled in the coming months. Register for summer programs online or call 651-714-3583.

Online services
Utility customers who want pay their bills or residents who want to register for recreation programs are strongly encouraged to use the online services available on the city’s website.

Register for recreation programs

Pay your utility bill

Learn more about COVID-19 and how you can stay healthy by visiting the websites below:

Updates about city services impacted by COVID-19 will be provided on this page of the website. To sign up to receive emergency notifications on your mobile device (call, text or email), visit the CodeRed page. To receive updates about city operations, sign up for the city’s InTouch email notification system.

Closures, cancellations and postponements 
As a precaution, the City of Woodbury is proactively canceling or postponing city-sponsored meetings, programs and events to slow the spread of COVID-19. A full list of these programs is listed below and will continue to be updated as information becomes available.

City Meetings
April 6 Planning Commission Meeting
April 7 and May 5 Parks and Natural Resources Commission Meetings
April 7 Planting for Pollinators - new webinar format

HealthEast Sports Center Programs
All open programs (both field house and ice)
Excellent Egg Frenzy
Flashlight Egg Hunt
Four Seasons: Dance with Me
Four Seasons: Wish upon a ballet
Jazz Dance for Music Theater
Mayer Arts - Snow Queen
Skating Lessons

Contact

Central Park Programs
Adult programs such as Bridge, Quilters Club, Mah Jongg, Amazing American History, and Dance. 
Kidcreate - Dino-Rama
Kidcreate - Unicorn slime
Performances in the Park
Pizza Bingo
AARP Tax Aide 

Contact

Recreation Programs
Activity Sampler
Adult Soccer and Volleyball Leagues
Amazing Athletes
Adpative and Playground Egg Hunts
Mini Mat Time
Miracle League Sport Sampler
Music Together
Nature in the Park - Frogs, Toads and Friends
Pee Wee Sports - Combo
Playground Egg Hunts
Science Explorers - Fun on the Farm
Soccer Shots
Tennis - Little Shots, Big Shots
Tiny Tumblers
Volleyball (Little Spikers/Big Spikers)

Contact

Public Safety
Infant CPR and Response to Choking
CPR for Children and Response to Choking
Hands-Only CPR for Adults
Youth Police Academy
Finger printing services to residents
Scout Night (April 9)

Contact

Partner Events
Curbside Recylcing Event (postponed to September)
Lions Club Community Garage Sale (postponed to Sept. 17-19, 2020)
Woodbury Community Expo