During the COVID-19 outbreak, under guidance from state and federal authorities, local officials have made the following decisions:
1. Westonka Schools will suspend classes from Monday, March 16, through Friday, March 27. Instruction will resume on Monday, March 30. There will be no after school or evening activities, and all Community Education classes are canceled. Adventure Club is also closed starting March 16 and will remain closed until further notice. School buildings will be open from 8 a.m to 3 p.m. on March 16 and 17 for students to pick up personal items and supplies. There will be free curbside meal pickup on Monday, March 16, and Tuesday, March 17, where families can pick up meals from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. in front of the Westonka Performing Arts Center at Mound Westonka High School, 5905 Sunnyfield R. E, Minnetrista (no pre-order necessary).
2. Our Lady of the Lake Catholic School will suspend classes from Monday, March 16, through Friday, March 27. Families are being granted access to obtain personal belongings out of their child's locker. The school will provide more information over the next few days.
3. Minnetrista City Hall is closed to the public until further notice. Residents can still drop off and pick up forms in the vestibule area and are encouraged to call ahead for this so that forms are ready for them. The city is still performing all services as of 9 a.m. March 17, but residents should look to the city website for updates as things evolve. A statement from Mayor Whalen is expected for either the evening of March 17 or morning of March 18.
4. St. John's Lutheran Church in Mound is closed for worship services and all groups until April 1. Watch the church website and church communications for more information.
5. Bethel United Methodist in Mound has canceled all group meetings for the week of March 16 and has suspended on-site worship services until further notice. The executive team at the church will communicate to parishioners every Friday morning any updates to its status.
6. WeCAN in Mound is closed to in-person services but is offering emergency food bags and personal care needs as requested and while supplies last as well as continuing service to its Mobile Market and Meals on Wheels clients with some changes in procedure and routine. Non-essential services are currently on hold. As of 12:30 p.m. on March 16, staff will be available able to answer calls during normal office hours.
7. Spring Park City Hall will be closed to the public beginning Tuesday, March 17. The closure will remain in effect until at least Friday, April 3. All essential city functions will continue to operate as normal, including public works, police and fire. City offices will be minimally staffed to ensure essential services continue. City staff will be working remotely and available for questions by calling the main phone number at (952) 471-9051 during normal business hours. It has yet to be determined if any city council meetings, including emergency meetings, will be necessary during this time. Any future updates regarding staffing and services will be posted to the city's website at www.ci.spring-park.mn.us.
8. The Orono Independent School District will suspend classes from Wednesday, March 16 through Friday, March 27. Orono spring break is scheduled will continue as scheduled from Monday, March 23 through Friday, March 27. During the school closure, all activities and school-sponsored athletics are canceled until in-person school resumes. Teachers and staff are reporting to work to continue distance learning plans from March 16-17. From Wednesday, March 18 to Friday, March 20, “school is closed except to mission-critical personnel related to meeting governor’s requirements for childcare and nutrition service,” according to Orono Schools Director of Communications Lyssa Campbell.
9. The City of Long Lake is currently maintaining as it; however, according to City Clerk Jeanette Moeller, they are maintaining awareness and are prepared to make changes.
10. The Long Lake Area Chamber of Commerce called off all chamber member meetings and will be re-reviewing before their April meeting.
11.The Long Lake Fire Department assured the community they will continue to respond to calls and “have policies in place” on their “response to emergency calls in times of infectious disease outbreaks” via Facebook. The department also asked to be “honest and accurate” while calling 911 in order to be “more efficient” in their responses.
12. The City of Maple Plain is not mandating any businesses or establishments to close at this time. According to City Administrator Bobby Schoen, with the CDC’s recommending no public gatherings of 50 or more people, Maple Plain is discussing that recommendation with local establishments.
13. The Gillespie Center in Mound is closed to the public until further notice. The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Services workshops held at Gillespie have also been suspended until further notice. The presentation "Downsizing and Preparing to Sort, Toss and Pack" has been rescheduled from March 25 to May 27.
13. Trinity Lutheran Church in Long Lake cancelled all church-related activities, including Sunday and Wednesday Lenten worship services as well as small group meetings through Wednesday, March 25.
14. Calvin Presbyterian Church in Long Lake canceled all church activities including Sunday worship, Wednesday soup and worship, confirmation class, community meal and music practices through Saturday, April 4.
15. City of Mound: As of the afternoon of March 16, general city hall services will transition to by-appointment or phone-only delivery as soon as practical. Depot rentals for Surfside Park are suspended until April 30. Residents can subscribe to community notification software tools (Code RED for Mound) online through the city's home page. The city will also be posting relevant city services information to its website as things evolve and directs residents to the CDC and Minnesota Department of Health websites for the most current COVID-19 information.
16. The Westonka Historical Society museum will be closed to the public until further notice. All WHS events, board and committee meetings and history presentations are cancelled and will be rescheduled when it is deemed safe to do so.
17. Park grounds at Gale Woods Farm in Minnetrista are remaining open but all programs from March 16 through March 31 have been cancelled. Refer to Gale Woods' and Three Rivers Parks' websites for more information.
18. WeCAB is temporarily ceasing transportation services in both its Carver and Westonka service areas until further notice. Existing rides that have been assigned a driver will be fulfilled through this week. No further ride requests will be taken at this time.
19. Westonka Food Shelf remains open but as of March 19 but is moving to curbside pickups for those who need food as well as home delivery in the Mound/Minnetrista/St. Boni/Maple Plain area for those who are homebound. Patrons can call in during normal open hours and schedule a curbside pick-up time. More information and updates on the WFS Facebook page.
20. Southwest Transit will institute a reduced service schedule beginning Monda, March 23. This will remain in effect until further notice. Details can be found at swtransit.org
This list is incomplete and will be updated as more closures are announced and the impact is felt more widely across our communities. Please check back for further information.