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


  • City of Edina Helps Seniors Stay Connected, Offers Resource Drive-Thru Fair

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    19 Oct 2020

    Edina, Minn., Oct. 16, 2020 – The Edina Senior Center is partnering with Bloomington Public Health to provide a free Senior Resource Drive-Thru Fair from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5, at the Braemar Golf Course parking lot, 6364 John Harris Dr.

    The City hopes the event helps Edina adults ages 55 and older stay connected through the COVID-19 pandemic and find local and regional resources.

    “The Edina Senior Center is committed to community outreach efforts that provide support and resource awareness for the aging population,” said Edina Senior Center Recreation Supervisor Nicole Gorman. “By partnering with Bloomington Public Health, we are bringing agencies together to provide information and allow people a chance to participate in a safe event.”

    Attendees will receive free items, resources and a smile from staff working the event as they drive through the route. While supplies last, a goody bag will be provided full of snacks, promotional items and donated prizes.

    To support safety measures, guests will remain in their vehicles and face masks must be worn by participants and event workers. Masks will be provided to anyone who is in need.

    For more information about the event or to view participating organizations, visit EdinaSeniorCenter.com. To view a complete list of current recreation activities, visit EdinaParks.com.

  • Three-day COVID-19 Testing Event

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    24 Sep 2020

    The State of Minnesota, in partnership with Normandale Community College, Minnesota National Guard and the City of Bloomington, will conduct a three-day COVID-19 testing event in a parking ramp at Normandale Community College, 9700 France Ave. S.

    Testing will be held noon to 6 p.m. Sept. 29-Oct. 1. Capacity of testing is 600 people per day. Though walkups will be accommodated, it is recommended that participants pre-register to ensure a smooth and efficient process. Pre-register at www.primarybio.com/r/bloomington in English, Spanish, Somali, Hmong or Karen.

    Testing will be conducted as a drive-thru. Participants should enter from France Avenue at West 94th Street and follow the road and signs to the parking garage on the west side of campus. The northern entrance/exit of the parking garage will be the main entrance. Participants will exit on the south side of the garage onto Collegeview Road.

    Insurance is not required. Test results will be available within three days. Those with negative results will receive a text message or email. Those with positive test results will receive a phone call.

  • Absentee Voting at City Hall Begins Sept. 18

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    Edina, Minn., Sept. 8, 2020 – Absentee voting for the Nov. 3 General Election begins Sept. 18 at Edina City Hall, 4801 W. 50th St.

    All eligible voters in Edina can vote early by absentee either in person or by mail. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, voters are encouraged to vote by absentee ballot. To date, about half of registered voters have applied to vote by absentee ballot and will receive their ballots by mail. Ballots will be mailed starting Sept. 18 and can be dropped off at City Hall.

    Those who prefer to vote in person must wear a mask and may not enter Edina City Hall if they have tested positive for COVID-19 or are symptomatic.

    To ensure social distancing, a limited number of people will be allowed inside City Hall. Once capacity inside the building has been reached, voters will queue up outside under a tent. While outside, voters may fill out an absentee ballot application to speed the process.

    A ballot drop-off area will be available outside of City Hall in a tent Sept. 24-Nov. 3 for voters to drop off their ballots without leaving their car. Voters who want to drop off ballots should enter the parking lot from West 50th Street and follow the signs to the drop-off tent. Those dropping off ballots will then exit on Grange Road.

    Direct balloting, where a voter completes a ballot and puts it directly into the ballot counter, will be held at City Hall Oct. 27-Nov. 2.

    For more information, visit EdinaMN.gov/Elections or call 952-826-0363.

  • Face Covering Requirement Enforcement

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    20 Aug 2020

    To report violations by businesses: contact local law enforcement or one of the agencies listed below, if applicable.

    • To ask questions or report violations of this Executive Order that relate to worker health and safety: Contact the Department of Labor and Industry by email at osha.compliance@state.mn.us or by phone at 651-284-5050 or 1-877-470-6742.
    • To ask other workplace-related questions about this Executive Order: Contact the Department of Employment and Economic Development using the form on the following web page: Questions about Returning to Work.
    • To report violations by restaurants and food service establishments, pools, or lodging services: contact the City of Edina Health Division at 952-826-0370.
    • To report discrimination in relation to this Executive Order: Contact the Minnesota Department of Human Rights at 1-833-454-0148 or submit a report at Report Discrimination Online.

    For general questions about face covering requirements or COVID-19: Contact the Minnesota Department of Health by phone at 651-297-1304 or 1-800-657-3504, or submit an inquiry using the Have a Question? We're here to help online form.

  • Two Programs Created to Help with Mortgage Payments

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    27 Jul 2020

    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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    27 Jul 2020

    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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    27 Jul 2020

    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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    27 Jul 2020

    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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    27 Jul 2020

    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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    27 Jul 2020

    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.