Updated July 22
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.
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.
Eagle Valley Golf Course is open for the season. As for other public buildings, Central Park and Lookout Ridge indoor playground in the lower level of Central Park and the HealthEast Sports Center (HSC) will remain closed to walk-in guests until further notice. Central Park and HSC are hosting small group rentals following guidelines for group size and social distancing set forth by the state. Central Park also is open for access to the Washington County Library.
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). As of July 25, 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 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.
Opening of Carver Lake Beach has been postponed. It is unknown at this time when/if the beach will open this summer. Please note that blue-green algae was detected July 10 in Carver Lake; please stay out of the lake and keep pets from the water as well.
Park building, shelter and athletic field rentals are open for group rentals as guidelines allow.
Recreation Programs and Events
A limited number of programs began in July. Programming will be limited based on requirements for limited size groups, social distancing and disinfecting. Please visit the Recreation page for more information on safety guidelines.
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.
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.
Minnesota Night to Unite will be delayed from the first Tuesday of August to the first Tuesday of October (Oct. 6). The public is encouraged to hold Night to Unite block parties, ice cream socials or get-togethers more than ever this year to strengthen neighborhood spirit. The Woodbury Public Safety Department would love to be a part of your celebration.
Request a Night to Unite visit
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.
Register for recreation programs
Pay your utility bill
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.
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.
Closures, cancellations and postponements
As a precaution, the City of Woodbury is proactively canceling or postponing city-sponsored meetings, programs and events to slow the spread of COVID-19. A full list of these programs is listed below and will continue to be updated as information becomes available.
HealthEast Sports Center Programs
- All open programs (both field house and ice)
- Skating Lessons
- Mermaids at the Splash Pad
- Splash Pad Story Times
Central Park Programs
- Adult programs such as Bridge, Quilters Club, Mah Jongg, Amazing American History, and Dance
- Performances in the Park
- AARP Tax Aide
- Activity Sampler
- Adult Soccer and Volleyball Leagues
- Amazing Athletes
- Mini Mat Time
- Pee Wee Sports - Combo
- Pop-up Events
- Puppet Wagon and Puppet Wagon Preview Party
- Tiny Tumblers
- Volleyball (Little Spikers/Big Spikers)
- Infant CPR and Response to Choking
- CPR for Children and Response to Choking
- Hands-Only CPR for Adults
- Youth Police Academy
- Finger printing services to residents
- Night to Unite (postponed to Oct. 6)