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COVID-19 Updates

Updated: Feb. 9

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 businesses, unless alone. Additionally, workers are required to wear a face covering when working outdoors in situations where social distancing cannot be maintained. Research has shown that use of face coverings can greatly reduce the risk of infection when combined with other prevention efforts such as social distancing and hand hygiene.

Learn more about the executive order at the Minnesota Department of Health website

City Hall and the Public Works and Public Safety buildings are open. The public should expect restricted access in certain areas, particularly at City Hall. 

Despite the buildings being open, the public should continue conducting business with the city remotely as much as possible. City staff will be available via phone or email to help with service requests. Some services are also available online. If you must come in for service, please call the department from which you need service in advance and make an appointment. 

Below are some specific status updates about key amenities, summer events and operational changes. However, the state’s policy and guidance is a moving target, especially given the developing scientific and medical understanding of COVID-19, so the information below is subject to change. 

City buildings
The front lobbies at Public Safety and Public Works are safely enclosed and restrict public access; however, the City Hall lobby and hallways are not similarly protected. Operational changes have been made to serve customers within the lobby area. 

Central Park will remain closed to walk-in guests until further notice. Central Park also is open for access to the Washington County Library. Lookout Ridge indoor playground will open Thursday, Feb. 11, for limited play. For more information and to make reservations, visit the Lookout Ridge page. HealthEast Sports Center (HSC) is closed to walk-in guests. 

Public meetings
In order to continue practicing appropriate social distancing, some Council Members, as well as members of staff, continue to participate in city meetings virtually and may do so until further notice. In addition, the public continues to have the option of participating in meetings online.

Members of the public may join the virtual meeting using a PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone or Android device. Questions and comments may be submitted via the online Q&A feature within the virtual meeting. Please refer to the Participating in a Virtual Meeting Guide for more information.

For those who wish to attend a meeting in-person, seating in the Council Chambers will be arranged to accommodate physical distancing (chairs placed 6 feet apart). Face masks will be required as per the governor's executive order, but note that if you are commenting during the meeting and are wearing a face mask, you will be asked to remove your mask while speaking.

All advisory commission meetings will follow the same protocol as the City Council meetings until further notice. Neighborhood meetings will continue to be held virtually only or using a hybrid in-person/virtual model until further notice.

Parks and Recreation 
On Dec. 16, Gov. Tim Walz extended the pause of certain activities to slow the spread of COVID-19. The pause will have the most impact on parks and recreation facilities and programs. The city will continue sending announcements and changes to all current city services, meetings and operations if/when they are deemed necessary.

View Executive Order 20-99 

Recreation Programming
Registered participants of programs impacted by Executive Order 20-99 will be contacted by Parks and Recreation staff. Questions should be directed to Woodbury Parks and Recreation at 651-714-3583 or

Outdoor Ice Rinks
All outdoor rinks at Ojibway, Colby Lake, Shawnee Park and Kargel Parks are open. Warming houses will not be open due to the pandemicBenches will be placed near the rink for users. New user-controlled rink lights have been installed at each rink and may be used from 4:30 to 10 p.m.

HealthEast Sports Center
The outdoor refrigerated skating rink at HealthEast Sports Center is open Daily hours are noon to 8 p.m. daily.

For daily updates on outdoor rinks and ice conditions, please call the Parks and Recreation weather line at 651-714-3569. Learn more on the outdoor rinks page

Open Programs
HealthEast Sports Center's open walk/run program will resume with limited hours beginning Monday, Dec. 28. For more information and schedule, visit the HSC page

Parks and Playgrounds
Playgrounds remain open, however, the city does not have the resources to sanitize the playgrounds and park amenities. The city discourages the public from using park amenities such as playgrounds, benches and picnic tables. 

All park restrooms are open with the exceptions of those located at Carver Lake Beach and the Ojibway Park Building. The facilities will be cleaned daily.

Park building, shelter and athletic field rentals are open for group rentals as guidelines allow.

Public Safety
The Public Safety helpline is available at 651-414-3499 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. The helpline is staffed by city employees who connect residents to private services.

View Washington County resources

Public Safety has received many requests for birthday “parade” drive-bys. Unfortunately, due to volume of calls, we are not able to honor these requests.

Economic Development
It is critical we continue to support our local businesses as they begin to reopen their doors. The city has put together a list of resources for small business owners during this challenging time.

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

Financial Impact
It is still too early to determine the full financial impact COVID-19 is having on the city budget, but we are analyzing it closely. We are developing a plan about how to best balance providing the level of services residents are used to with the financial realities of today. Everything is on the table and the City Council, working with members of the community and staff, will build a fiscal plan and find solutions.

Stay Informed
Please continue referring to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Minnesota Department of Health websites to stay informed about this pandemic and learn more about what you need to do to stay healthy. 

Updates about city services impacted by COVID-19 will continue to 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 or follow our social media accounts.