COVID - 19 Community Resources

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We know our doors are closed, but as a community we can still stay connected. #EdinaTogether


We know our doors are closed, but as a community we can still stay connected. #EdinaTogether


  • Group Ban Lifted

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    4 days ago

    The City of Edina will lift its ban on group play and reopen some park amenities Monday, May 18. Gov. Tim Walz recently announced Minnesota’s Stay-at-Home order will expire May 18, and be replaced with a Safer-at-Home order that, among other things, allows gatherings of 10 or fewer people.

    Edina’s group play ban went into effect March 30.

    “We appreciate the community’s patience and cooperation while the group play ban was in effect and park amenities were closed to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and encourage compliance with Gov. Walz’s new Safer-at-Home order,” said Parks & Recreation Director Perry Vetter. “We know how challenging this pandemic has been for our residents and we are thankful to be able to slowly reopen some of our park amenities for use.”

    Park amenities set to reopen include playgrounds, pickleball courts with a social distancing waiting area, and some full-size basketball courts. These park amenities will not be sanitized, and users are encouraged to bring hand sanitizer.

    Park restrooms at Bredesen, Rosland and Pamela Park will also reopen for use. The City plans to reopen more restrooms using a phased approach due to the need for ongoing sanitization and disinfection.

    The City parks, trails and open space system has remained open throughout the pandemic. Recreation users should not participate in group activities with more than 10 people from a different household and adhere to proper social distancing and appropriate hygiene practices.

    Park ambassadors will continue to visit with park users to help educate on the new guidance measures.

    For more information about the City’s response to COVID-19, including what City facilities are open and closed, please regularly check the City’s website at EdinaMN.gov/Coronavirus, sign up for City Extra email updates at EdinaMN.gov/CityExtra or text EDINA to 57838 for text updates.

    The City of Edina will lift its ban on group play and reopen some park amenities Monday, May 18. Gov. Tim Walz recently announced Minnesota’s Stay-at-Home order will expire May 18, and be replaced with a Safer-at-Home order that, among other things, allows gatherings of 10 or fewer people.

    Edina’s group play ban went into effect March 30.

    “We appreciate the community’s patience and cooperation while the group play ban was in effect and park amenities were closed to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and encourage compliance with Gov. Walz’s new Safer-at-Home order,” said Parks & Recreation Director Perry Vetter. “We know how challenging this pandemic has been for our residents and we are thankful to be able to slowly reopen some of our park amenities for use.”

    Park amenities set to reopen include playgrounds, pickleball courts with a social distancing waiting area, and some full-size basketball courts. These park amenities will not be sanitized, and users are encouraged to bring hand sanitizer.

    Park restrooms at Bredesen, Rosland and Pamela Park will also reopen for use. The City plans to reopen more restrooms using a phased approach due to the need for ongoing sanitization and disinfection.

    The City parks, trails and open space system has remained open throughout the pandemic. Recreation users should not participate in group activities with more than 10 people from a different household and adhere to proper social distancing and appropriate hygiene practices.

    Park ambassadors will continue to visit with park users to help educate on the new guidance measures.

    For more information about the City’s response to COVID-19, including what City facilities are open and closed, please regularly check the City’s website at EdinaMN.gov/Coronavirus, sign up for City Extra email updates at EdinaMN.gov/CityExtra or text EDINA to 57838 for text updates.

  • City of Edina Closes Edina Aquatic Center, Cancels and Postpones Recreation Programs

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    15 days ago

    Due to the health and safety challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Edina will close the Edina Aquatic Center for the 2020 season and cancel or postpone recreation programs through Aug. 14, 2020.

    “We evaluated safety measures for staff and patrons, as well as reviewed current executive orders and public health guidance, and ultimately came to the conclusion that there isn’t a manageable way to operate the Edina Aquatic Center and offer most recreation programs this summer,” said Parks & Recreation Director Perry Vetter. “This pandemic has made it especially challenging to navigate decisions surrounding the recreational services we know mean so much to our community. We will continue to search for innovative ways to maintain services safely and make decisions using the best information and resources available.”

    The Edina Aquatic Center does not allow for the proper social distancing and predictable use needed to ensure staff and patron safety. The uncertainty of opening dates, availability of protective equipment, training staff, and the need for ongoing sanitation and disinfection were also key factors in the decision. The City plans to reopen the Edina Aquatic Center in 2021.

    Canceled recreation programs include adaptive, child/youth, teen and family. Postponed recreation programs (those that may be rescheduled) include adult activities and adult and youth athletics.

    Full refunds will be processed for canceled programs and Edina Aquatic Center season passes. Refunds for postponed programs will be processed if the program can’t be rescheduled. Recreation staff will provide an update and process refunds once that is determined.

    Most programs and events at closed recreation facilities are postponed or canceled until further notice. More information and updates will be communicated from recreation staff.

    The following facilities remain closed until further notice:

    • Braemar Arena, 7501 Ikola Way
    • Braemar Field, 7509 Ikola Way
    • Edina Senior Center, 5280 Grandview Square
    • Edina Art Center, 4701 W. 64th St.
    • Edinborough Park, 7700 York Ave. S.
    • Hughes Pavilion at Centennial Lakes Park, 7499 France Ave. S.

    For more information about the City’s response to COVID-19, visit EdinaMN.gov or sign up for email updates at EdinaMN.gov/CityExtra or text programs or Edina to 57838 to receive text updates.

    Due to the health and safety challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Edina will close the Edina Aquatic Center for the 2020 season and cancel or postpone recreation programs through Aug. 14, 2020.

    “We evaluated safety measures for staff and patrons, as well as reviewed current executive orders and public health guidance, and ultimately came to the conclusion that there isn’t a manageable way to operate the Edina Aquatic Center and offer most recreation programs this summer,” said Parks & Recreation Director Perry Vetter. “This pandemic has made it especially challenging to navigate decisions surrounding the recreational services we know mean so much to our community. We will continue to search for innovative ways to maintain services safely and make decisions using the best information and resources available.”

    The Edina Aquatic Center does not allow for the proper social distancing and predictable use needed to ensure staff and patron safety. The uncertainty of opening dates, availability of protective equipment, training staff, and the need for ongoing sanitation and disinfection were also key factors in the decision. The City plans to reopen the Edina Aquatic Center in 2021.

    Canceled recreation programs include adaptive, child/youth, teen and family. Postponed recreation programs (those that may be rescheduled) include adult activities and adult and youth athletics.

    Full refunds will be processed for canceled programs and Edina Aquatic Center season passes. Refunds for postponed programs will be processed if the program can’t be rescheduled. Recreation staff will provide an update and process refunds once that is determined.

    Most programs and events at closed recreation facilities are postponed or canceled until further notice. More information and updates will be communicated from recreation staff.

    The following facilities remain closed until further notice:

    • Braemar Arena, 7501 Ikola Way
    • Braemar Field, 7509 Ikola Way
    • Edina Senior Center, 5280 Grandview Square
    • Edina Art Center, 4701 W. 64th St.
    • Edinborough Park, 7700 York Ave. S.
    • Hughes Pavilion at Centennial Lakes Park, 7499 France Ave. S.

    For more information about the City’s response to COVID-19, visit EdinaMN.gov or sign up for email updates at EdinaMN.gov/CityExtra or text programs or Edina to 57838 to receive text updates.

  • Avoid COVID-19 Scams

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    18 days ago

    COVID-19 scams prey on pandemic fears using words such as “limited supply” to create a sense of urgency

    • The US Department of Treasury will NOT ask for financial information or an advance fee (with gift cards) for grants and/or stimulus payments by phone, email or website links.
    • If giving to charitable donation, verify the charity’s authenticity – donations should never be made with gift cards or wiring money.
    • You cannot purchase or be placed on a list for a COVID-19 “cure” – for most recent information about testing and research visit www.cdc.gov
    • Remember to stop, ask questions and be suspicious of anyone asking for your personal information or financial assistance over the phone or online.

    Visit Federal Trade Commission website for more advice to avoid Coronavirus related scams. The Minnesota Attorney General also has a COVID-19 Complaint Form, where fraud and scams can be reported. Additional resources can be found at:

    Contact the Edina Police Department directly if you or someone you know has been a victim of a scam. The non-emergency number is (952) 826-1600.

    COVID-19 scams prey on pandemic fears using words such as “limited supply” to create a sense of urgency

    • The US Department of Treasury will NOT ask for financial information or an advance fee (with gift cards) for grants and/or stimulus payments by phone, email or website links.
    • If giving to charitable donation, verify the charity’s authenticity – donations should never be made with gift cards or wiring money.
    • You cannot purchase or be placed on a list for a COVID-19 “cure” – for most recent information about testing and research visit www.cdc.gov
    • Remember to stop, ask questions and be suspicious of anyone asking for your personal information or financial assistance over the phone or online.

    Visit Federal Trade Commission website for more advice to avoid Coronavirus related scams. The Minnesota Attorney General also has a COVID-19 Complaint Form, where fraud and scams can be reported. Additional resources can be found at:

    Contact the Edina Police Department directly if you or someone you know has been a victim of a scam. The non-emergency number is (952) 826-1600.

  • COVID-19 Testing Locations

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    26 days ago

    Find Testing Locations

    The CARES Act requires that COVID-19 testing is covered without cost-sharing. This applies to all health insurance coverage in Minnesota. It is important to know that this applies to the test only, office visits are not covered through the CARES Act. Some insurance carriers have agreed to waive cost-sharing for in network visits associated with the COVID-19 test – it is important to check with your health insurance to find out what will be covered and what is in network.

    If you have questions about your health insurance coverage, call your insurance company prior to getting tested.

    Find testing locations here.


    What Should I Know Before I Go?

    Testing sites are designed to keep you and health care workers safe. Sometimes you may stay in your car. Other sites will screen you before you come indoors. Many sites will require an appointment before you arrive in order to ensure they’ve collected your contact and insurance information.

    Please review directions specific to each site before you go.

    Find Testing Locations

    The CARES Act requires that COVID-19 testing is covered without cost-sharing. This applies to all health insurance coverage in Minnesota. It is important to know that this applies to the test only, office visits are not covered through the CARES Act. Some insurance carriers have agreed to waive cost-sharing for in network visits associated with the COVID-19 test – it is important to check with your health insurance to find out what will be covered and what is in network.

    If you have questions about your health insurance coverage, call your insurance company prior to getting tested.

    Find testing locations here.


    What Should I Know Before I Go?

    Testing sites are designed to keep you and health care workers safe. Sometimes you may stay in your car. Other sites will screen you before you come indoors. Many sites will require an appointment before you arrive in order to ensure they’ve collected your contact and insurance information.

    Please review directions specific to each site before you go.

  • Recreational Fires Not Allowed Until Further Notice

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    about 1 month ago

    A recreational fire ban is in effect until further notice due to dry conditions, strong winds and low humidity. A Red Flag Warning was issued for central and southern Minnesota, which includes Edina.

    Before starting a recreational fire, always remember to call the Recreational Fire Hotline at 952-826-0398 to get the latest information on the ban.

    Additional questions? Call Fire Marshal Rick Hammerschmidt at 952-826-0337.

    A recreational fire ban is in effect until further notice due to dry conditions, strong winds and low humidity. A Red Flag Warning was issued for central and southern Minnesota, which includes Edina.

    Before starting a recreational fire, always remember to call the Recreational Fire Hotline at 952-826-0398 to get the latest information on the ban.

    Additional questions? Call Fire Marshal Rick Hammerschmidt at 952-826-0337.

  • Pen Pal Program Aims to Encourage Safe Socialization During an Isolating Time

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    about 1 month ago

    The Edina Senior Center, Edina Community Education and Edina Library have come together to launch “Dear Edina: A Pen Pal Program” to keep the community connected while distance is at the forefront of today’s society.

    “The goal of the program is to encourage socialization during an isolating time,” said Nicole Gorman, City of Edina Recreation Supervisor. “Our hope for the program is to curate an intergenerational connection between pen pals that will have lasting impacts on the lives of those involved.”

    The program will be a traditional pen pal program in which letters are exchanged through the mail. As screens dominate activities done at home, the program aims to create an activity without a screen that still contributes to fostering one-on-one human connection.

    Organizers will pair adults with young people in the community to share lifetime experiences and perspectives and discover similarities. Adult participation will help alleviate loneliness and boredom and allow writers to take part in a purposeful activity in a safe way. Young people will have the opportunity to develop skills in reading, writing and handwriting, as well as build a relationship that supports child development and success.

    A minimum of writing three letters is required. After the minimum is met, it’s up to the pen pals how much longer they want to continue writing each other.

    While being asked to stay home may continue in coming weeks, making a new friend is only a letter away.

    Sign up for the program online at https://bit.ly/applydearedina.

    For more information about the Edina Senior Center, visit www.EdinaSeniorCenter.com.

    The Edina Senior Center, Edina Community Education and Edina Library have come together to launch “Dear Edina: A Pen Pal Program” to keep the community connected while distance is at the forefront of today’s society.

    “The goal of the program is to encourage socialization during an isolating time,” said Nicole Gorman, City of Edina Recreation Supervisor. “Our hope for the program is to curate an intergenerational connection between pen pals that will have lasting impacts on the lives of those involved.”

    The program will be a traditional pen pal program in which letters are exchanged through the mail. As screens dominate activities done at home, the program aims to create an activity without a screen that still contributes to fostering one-on-one human connection.

    Organizers will pair adults with young people in the community to share lifetime experiences and perspectives and discover similarities. Adult participation will help alleviate loneliness and boredom and allow writers to take part in a purposeful activity in a safe way. Young people will have the opportunity to develop skills in reading, writing and handwriting, as well as build a relationship that supports child development and success.

    A minimum of writing three letters is required. After the minimum is met, it’s up to the pen pals how much longer they want to continue writing each other.

    While being asked to stay home may continue in coming weeks, making a new friend is only a letter away.

    Sign up for the program online at https://bit.ly/applydearedina.

    For more information about the Edina Senior Center, visit www.EdinaSeniorCenter.com.

  • Gathering and Observances Guidance

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    about 2 months ago

    Large events and mass gatherings can contribute to the spread of COVID-19 in the United States. It important to adhere to social distancing practices or provide accommodations for remote attendance to limit the spread of COVID-19.

    With upcoming observances in April, please continue to follow with the Stay Home Order as well as the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Interim Guidance for Community & Faith Leaders.

    Large events and mass gatherings can contribute to the spread of COVID-19 in the United States. It important to adhere to social distancing practices or provide accommodations for remote attendance to limit the spread of COVID-19.

    With upcoming observances in April, please continue to follow with the Stay Home Order as well as the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Interim Guidance for Community & Faith Leaders.

  • Get the Latest Minnesota COVID-19 Data

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    about 2 months ago

    City staff have been fielding calls regarding data related to the number of COVID-19 cases in Edina and throughout the State. As a reminder, the Minnesota Department of Health posts information on the agency website, which is updated daily. Find the website here: https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/index.html

    Click on the 'Situation Update' link to get the latest data on the number of cases in Minnesota. The information is available to the public by County.

    City staff have been fielding calls regarding data related to the number of COVID-19 cases in Edina and throughout the State. As a reminder, the Minnesota Department of Health posts information on the agency website, which is updated daily. Find the website here: https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/index.html

    Click on the 'Situation Update' link to get the latest data on the number of cases in Minnesota. The information is available to the public by County.

  • Volunteer Opportunities - Help at your door!

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    about 2 months ago

    Consider helping one of Edina's human service organizations, Help at your door.

    Volunteers are needed for the following:

    • Thursday or Friday morning Shoppers at the Cub Foods at 8421 Lyndale Ave S from 6-9:30 a.m.
    • Friday morning Grocery Helpers to pick up and deliver grocery orders from the Cub Foods at 8421 Lyndale Ave S at 9:30 a.m.
    • Anytime (day/eve/weekend) Client Connectors. Training and calling is done from the volunteer’s home, and time commitment is 1-2 hrs per week.

    Contact volunteer@helpatyourdoor.org or call 651-642-1892 to get started.


    Consider helping one of Edina's human service organizations, Help at your door.

    Volunteers are needed for the following:

    • Thursday or Friday morning Shoppers at the Cub Foods at 8421 Lyndale Ave S from 6-9:30 a.m.
    • Friday morning Grocery Helpers to pick up and deliver grocery orders from the Cub Foods at 8421 Lyndale Ave S at 9:30 a.m.
    • Anytime (day/eve/weekend) Client Connectors. Training and calling is done from the volunteer’s home, and time commitment is 1-2 hrs per week.

    Contact volunteer@helpatyourdoor.org or call 651-642-1892 to get started.


  • Group Play Banned - Please stay at home!

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    about 2 months ago

    Effective 8 a.m. Monday, March 30, group activities that are not in compliance with obvious physical and social distancing, such as basketball, soccer and other non-individual sports, are not allowed in Edina order to comply with Gov. Tim Walz’s Executive Order 20-20 to help stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus. This ban will be in effect until further notice.

    “We had hoped we would see 100 percent compliance by residents and visitors with the Governor’s ‘Stay at Home’ order. However, this weekend, we have continued to receive many complaints and reports of large group gatherings, close-contact ball games and lack of social distancing,” said City Manager Scott Neal. “This is not optional. Failure of Minnesotans to comply with this order will result in the metro area reaching peak caseload sooner than medical facilities are able to handle. We all need to do our part.”

    Walz’s order, passed in response to the spread of the novel coronavirus which causes COVID-19, carries penalties of a fine up to $1,000 or 90 days in jail. The City will continue to try and educate people before Police issue tickets for the misdemeanor.

    Also, Neal and emergency personnel urge residents not to call 911 with routine questions about Walz’s order. These calls can jam the 911 lines used for actual emergency calls. Instead, please call the Minnesota’s State Emergency Operation Center’s hotline at 1-800-657-3504 between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.

    For more information about the City’s response to COVID-19, including what City facilities are open and closed, please regularly check the City’s website at EdinaMN.gov, sign up for City Extra emails at EdinaMN.gov/CityExtra or text EDINA to 57838 to receive text messages.

    Effective 8 a.m. Monday, March 30, group activities that are not in compliance with obvious physical and social distancing, such as basketball, soccer and other non-individual sports, are not allowed in Edina order to comply with Gov. Tim Walz’s Executive Order 20-20 to help stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus. This ban will be in effect until further notice.

    “We had hoped we would see 100 percent compliance by residents and visitors with the Governor’s ‘Stay at Home’ order. However, this weekend, we have continued to receive many complaints and reports of large group gatherings, close-contact ball games and lack of social distancing,” said City Manager Scott Neal. “This is not optional. Failure of Minnesotans to comply with this order will result in the metro area reaching peak caseload sooner than medical facilities are able to handle. We all need to do our part.”

    Walz’s order, passed in response to the spread of the novel coronavirus which causes COVID-19, carries penalties of a fine up to $1,000 or 90 days in jail. The City will continue to try and educate people before Police issue tickets for the misdemeanor.

    Also, Neal and emergency personnel urge residents not to call 911 with routine questions about Walz’s order. These calls can jam the 911 lines used for actual emergency calls. Instead, please call the Minnesota’s State Emergency Operation Center’s hotline at 1-800-657-3504 between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.

    For more information about the City’s response to COVID-19, including what City facilities are open and closed, please regularly check the City’s website at EdinaMN.gov, sign up for City Extra emails at EdinaMN.gov/CityExtra or text EDINA to 57838 to receive text messages.