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


  • Two Programs Created to Help with Mortgage Payments

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    12 days ago

    Edina, Minn., July 13, 2020 – The Edina Housing Foundation approved two new programs to help ease the financial burden some homeowners in Edina are facing because of COVID-19.

    “In these difficult times, we felt compelled to not only assist people who want to move to Edina, but help the folks who are already living here,” said Edina Housing Foundation President Jeff Huggett. “The forbearance and refinance programs are designed to assist households that have been affected by the pandemic by reducing their monthly mortgage obligation.”

    Forbearance Program

    Some banks require that the forbearance amount is either repaid through a balloon payment or an increased mortgage payment over a short amount of time until the forbearance amount is repaid. For some homeowners, this increased mortgage payment is not feasible. This Forbearance Program would allow qualified Edina homeowners to borrow the forbearance amount due from the Edina Housing Foundation, which would be secured by a second or third mortgage. The second or third mortgage is due when the home is sold or at the maturity of the first mortgage.

    • Loan amount: up to $15,000

    • Available to existing Come Home 2 Edina borrowers and eligible Edina homeowners who meet the income and house value criteria

    Refinance Second Mortgage Program

    With program guidelines similar to the Come Home 2 Edina Second Mortgage Program, the Refinance Second Mortgage Program is for homeowners whose current mortgage payments are causing them to be cost burdened (paying greater than 30 percent of their income toward the loan principal, interest, taxes and insurance).

    Homeowners can apply to refinance their first mortgage with a mortgage lender, one that will allow allow a second mortgage.

    • Loan amount: up to $60,000

    • Available to eligible Edina homeowners who meet the income and house value criteria

    • Loan recipients must comply with the Come Home 2 Edina guidelines

    Eligibility

    • Income qualifications: $103,400 for a household of one or two; $118,900 for a household of three or more

    • House value: $425,000 or less’

    • The house must be the only property owned by the borrower.

    For more information, visit ComeHome2Edina.com or contact Affordable Housing Manager Stephanie Hawkinson at 952-833-9578 or shawkinson@EdinaMN.gov.


  • Statewide Masking Order Supersedes Edina’s Policy

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    12 days ago

    Edina, Minn., July 23, 2020 – Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz’s Executive Order 20-81 will replace the City of Edina’s Local Emergency Order 2020-03 requiring masks in most indoor places.

    As of July 25, per the Governor’s Executive Order 20-81, people in Minnesota are required to wear a face covering in all public indoor spaces and indoor businesses, unless they are alone. Additionally, workers are required to wear a face covering when working outdoors in situations where social distancing cannot be maintained.

    Edina has required masks in retail establishments and other public spaces since July 6. Edina’s masking policy was to be in effect until the Governor enacts a statewide order requiring face coverings superseding the local order, the State’s peacetime emergency declaration ends, the City Council rescinds the order, or Dec. 31 – whichever comes first. Because of the statewide order, Edina’s order will end at 11:59 p.m. Friday, June 24.

    For more information on the statewide making order, including frequently asked questions, visit mn.gov/covid19.

  • City ‘Awarded Save the Summer’ Grant, to Open Paddleboat Rentals at Centennial Lakes Park

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    12 days ago

    Edina, Minn., July 17, 2020 – The City of Edina will open paddleboat rentals at Centennial Lakes Park, 7499 France Ave S., beginning Friday, July 24.

    The City was recently awarded a “Save the Summer” grant from Hennepin County to help modify activities to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and provide opportunities for children to get outside and be active. The grant will help fund activity needs like staffing and equipment.

    To support safety measures and continue to help slow the spread of COVID-19, visitors can anticipate the following paddleboat guidelines until further notice:

    • Rentals will be available 1-7 p.m. daily for $15.

    • Maintain six feet of distance while waiting for boats.

    • Stay home if you are sick.

    • Boat rentals are for 45 minutes.

    • Maximum of four people or 800 pounds per boat.

    • All boaters must have life jackets on board. Lifejackets will be provided and sanitized in accordance with Minnesota Department of Natural Resources outdoor recreation guidelines.

    Boaters are welcome to provide their own lifejackets.

    • Minors must have adult supervision.

    • Staff will be wearing masks and boaters are also encouraged to wear masks.

    • Staff will assist with loading or unloading of boats and sanitize boats after each use.

    • Please keep off dock until directed by staff.

    • No swimming allowed.

    • No fishing from the dock.

    • Boaters are encouraged to take advantage of touchless payment options.

    The putting course, Scottish Links, walkways and outdoor restrooms at the park remain open, and proper social distancing is encouraged. The indoor areas of Hughes Pavilion and games area remain closed until further notice.

    For more information about paddleboat rentals, visit CentennialLakesPark.com or find the park on Facebook by searching “CentennialLakes.”

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

  • Precinct 4 Moves to New Location for 2020 Elections

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    12 days ago

    Edina, Minn., July 21, 2020 – Edina voters in Precinct 4 will vote in a new location in 2020 if they cast their ballots on Election Day.

    Precinct 4 had been the shelter at Weber Park. Because it is small and would be difficult to maintain social distancing, the polling place has been moved to Edina Morningside Community Church, 4201 Morningside Road.

    Absentee voting is under way now via mail or the Hennepin County Government Center in Minneapolis. Direct balloting, where a voter puts a ballot directly into the ballot counter to run through the machine, will be available at Edina City Hall 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Aug. 4-7, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 8, and 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 10. Residents are required to go to their “home” City Hall for direct balloting; they are not able to go to the Hennepin County Government Center as they have for absentee voting.

    To help slow the spread of COVID-19, in-person voters for direct balloting are required to enter City Hall wearing a mask or face covering that covers both the mouth and nose and keep it on until they exit the building. Facial coverings do not need to be worn by people with medical conditions that make it difficult to breathe, those who are deaf or hard of hearing or those who care for or interact with them, and people who are unable to remove a mask without assistance.

    Upon entering and exiting the City Council Chambers, where the direct balloting will take place, voters will receive hand sanitizer. Election staff will ensure there is proper social distancing and at least six feet between voters. They will also be behind plexiglass and sanitize the voting machines regularly.

    On Aug. 11, Primary Election Day, direct balloting will not be available at Edina City Hall. However, residents will be able to drop-off their absentee ballot at City Hall until 3 p.m. and staff will ensure it is counted.

    Edina residents must vote at a polling place for their precinct on Election Day, and polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. To find the correct polling place based on your address, visit the Secretary of State Polling Place Finder at pollfinder.sos.state.mn.us.

    For more information about the election or the direct balloting process, visit EdinaMN.gov/elections or contact City Clerk Sharon Allison at SAllison@EdinaMN.gov or 952-826-0408.

  • Centennial Lakes Brings Music Back to the Park

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    12 days ago

    Centennial Lakes Park, 7499 France Ave S., will host a variety of musical entertainment this summer.

    Free sidewalk performances will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays in July and August near the south end of Hughes Pavilion (the building between Q. Cumbers and Chuck E. Cheese). Visitors are asked to wear a mask or facial covering, sanitize hands before arrival, stay home if they are sick and practice proper social distancing.

    The performance schedule for Monday includes the following acts:

    • July 27: Trobedors Tuba Quartet
    • Aug. 3: Sidewalk Café Duo
    • Aug. 10: Sawyer’s Dream
    • Aug. 17: Sidewalk Café Duo
    • Aug. 24: Lee Engele
    • Aug. 31: Sidewalk Café Duo

    The performance schedule for Thursday includes the following acts:

    • July 30: Debra and Dean
    • Aug. 6: Homeward Bound
    • Aug.13: Hunker’d Down
    • Aug. 20: The Holtemier Trio
    • Aug. 27: The Minnesota Mandolin Quartet

    Free children performances will be held at noon each Tuesday during the months of July and August in the Maetzold Amphitheater. To support safety measures and continue to help slow the spread of COVID-19, stickers have been placed in the amphitheater to ensure proper social distancing between seated families. Visitors should stay home if they are sick, wear a mask or facial covering, wash or sanitize hands before arriving and ensure their child does not come within 6 feet of the performer.

    The performance schedule includes the following acts:

    • July 28: TBD
    • Aug. 4: Will Hale and the Tadpole Parade
    • Aug. 11: The Teddy Bear Band
    • Aug. 18: Big, Fun Show
    • Aug. 25: TBD

    The putting course, Scottish Links, walkways and outdoor restrooms at the park remain open, and proper social distancing is encouraged. The indoor areas of Hughes Pavilion and games area remain closed until further notice.

    For more information about the performances, visit CentennialLakesPark.com or find the park on Facebook by searching “Centennial Lakes.”

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

  • CloverRide Begins Regular Route in Southdale Area Again

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    12 days ago

    Edina, Minn., July 10, 2020 – The City of Edina’s circulator bus service begins its regular route again today.

    The City of Edina works with DARTS to provide the CloverRide circulator bus service to Edina residents and visitors 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fridays. CloverRide is reliable, continuous transportation service in the Southdale area, providing accessibility from senior housing locations to Edina amenities like groceries and retail.

    For the past few months, in response to the pandemic, the service had been on-demand only and available anywhere in the community. Now that the regular route has resumed, seating capacity is limited, respective of social distancing guidelines. Reservations are recommended, as individuals without reservations may be asked to take a later bus. For the safety of themselves and others, riders are required to wear face coverings.

    DARTS drivers regularly sanitize and disinfect touch points in the bus. Additionally, drivers are screened and their temperature checked before beginning their shift each day.

    A primary goal of CloverRide is to provide mobility access for residents and visitors to Edina who can’t or choose not to drive. Riders with mobility devices such as walkers, wheelchairs or scooters are welcome; the driver will assist with loading as needed.

    To make a reservation, call DARTS dispatch at 651-455-1560. Dispatchers are available weekdays between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. For more information, including the schedule, visit EdinaMN.gov/CloverRide.

  • More Detailed Citywide Masking Policy to Go Into Effect July 9

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    29 days ago

    Edina, Minn., July 8, 2020 – To slow the spread of COVID-19, the Edina City Council has extended a citywide masking policy.

    The Edina City Council held a special meeting July 8 to consider extending the policy enacted by Mayor Jim Hovland’s emergency proclamation. Council Members agreed requiring masks is a reasonable step to protect the public health during this pandemic. Health officials are increasingly urging non-medical workers to wear facial coverings to help curb the spread of COVID-19 by preventing the transmission of respiratory droplets that contain the virus. Experts have determined masks may reduce the risk of transmission by an infected person as a force multiplier for social distancing and proper handwashing.

    Under Local Emergency Order 2020-03, people in Edina must cover their nose and mouth with a mask or cloth face covering. According to the order, this includes businesses and City-owned public facilities like City Hall. The updated order includes more guidance than Hovland’s initial order:

    • Restaurants must include in their COVID-19 Preparedness Plan that all customers wear a face covering when not seated at their tables.
    • Users of public transportation are required to wear a face covering before boarding a bus and wear it until exiting the vehicle.
    • Those at entertainment venues must wear a face covering when within six feet of another person. When the person is seated and not within six feet of another person, they can remove it, but must put it back on when walking to or from their seat and while standing in or walking through public areas such as lobbies and restrooms.
    • Residents of multi-family housing buildings and their guests and tenants, employees and guests in multi-tenant office buildings must wear a face covering when in common spaces such as hallways, corridors, lobbies, restrooms, mail rooms, elevators, trash and recycling rooms, fitness rooms, recreation rooms and other space owned and used in common.

    Masks do not need to be worn inside places of worship, schools and indoor athletic facilities when social distancing can be maintained. There are other exceptions. Facial coverings do not need to be worn by people who are eating or drinking, children under the age of 5, people with medical conditions that make it difficult to breathe, those who are deaf or hard of hearing or those who care for or interact with them, and people who are unable to remove a mask without assistance. For a complete list of exceptions, view the order.

    The new order will be in effect until Gov. Tim Walz enacts a statewide order requiring face coverings superseding the local order, the State’s peacetime emergency declaration ends, the City Council rescinds the order, or Dec. 31 – whichever comes first.

    For more information or to view the order (PDF), visit EdinaMN.gov/coronavirus.

  • Community Impact Survey Results

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    about 2 months ago

    Thanks to everyone who completed the COVID-19 Community Impact Survey. 1769 individuals completed the survey. Even though the survey was not statistically valid, it reinforced the City's COVID-19 responses and helped inform others.

    The survey was intended to give us feedback on how the community is doing with the pandemic and learn if there were any gaps or needs. At last week’s City Council meeting, Council approved a proclamation centering equity in the City’s response to COVID-19.

    For questions about the survey, contact Community Engagement Coordinator, MJ Lamon at mlamon@edinamn.gov.

  • Group Ban Lifted

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    3 months 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.

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

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    3 months 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.