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A Message from Mayor Ron Case
This week we learned Governor Walz will allow the Stay At Home order to expire Monday, May 18.
With a new Stay Safe order in effect until May 31, non-essential retail businesses can reopen next week, operating at 50% capacity with a safety plan in place. This new order also allows us to gather with friends and family in groups of 10 or less while practicing physical distancing. More details about the Stay Safe order are available on the mn.gov/COVID19 website.
What does this mean for the City of Eden Prairie?
- We are preparing to reopen City Center (8080 Mitchell Road) to the public soon after Memorial Day. Plans are already in place to ensure interactions between employees and the public are safe, however, City employees who are able to work from home will continue doing so.
- City recreational facilities — the Art Center, Community Center, Outdoor Center and Senior Center — remain closed until further notice, and park facility rentals are on hold.
- Parks and Recreation programs and events are canceled through July 5, and our Parks and Recreation staff is awaiting further guidance expected to be released by the Minnesota Department of Health, which will help the determine the status of programs and events beyond that date.
- Beginning Monday, May 18, play structures will reopen in all City parks. Please keep in mind, play equipment is not sanitized so you should use precautionary measures to keep your family safe.
- We anticipate the Riley and Round Lake beaches will open soon and be staffed with lifeguards. We continue to evaluate when splash pads and park shelter restrooms can reopen, and when water fountains will be turned on.
While much of what I share with you today is uplifting news for those of us looking forward to enjoying the outdoors this summer, it is important to remember that we are still in the midst of a pandemic, which has claimed many lives in our state. Governor Walz said that by staying home as long as we have, Minnesotans successfully pushed out the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic and bought our state time to prepare for treating those who become sick. He also made it clear that the virus is still very much in our midst, and we need to continue to stay vigilant in our physical distancing and safe practices, such as wearing face masks. We will be dealing with the effects of this pandemic — the changes in how we live and interact with each other — for a long time to come.
I am extremely proud of the way Eden Prairie residents have come together while we’ve been apart. I look forward to seeing a few more faces out and about in our parks as the weather warms up, and I thank you for continuing to do your part to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Please visit edenprairie.org/Coronavirus to find frequently updated information and resources for our community.
From my family to yours, may you enjoy a happy and healthy weekend.
Mayor Ron Case