May 18 marks the beginning of Gov. Tim Walz’ Stay Safe Minnesota order. Area cities are working on plans to open their doors to the public while keeping city staff and the public safe. Some cities are opening to the public, such as Dayton. The city of Osseo is staying closed until June 1. And the cities of Maple Grove and Champlin are working on opening dates.
Dayton City Hall is now open to the public with social distancing practices in place. Staff recommends people call ahead with questions at 763-427-4589, visit the city’s website (cityofdaytonmn.com) for updates and continuing to use the outside drop box for payments.
The city of Osseo’s Emergency Management Team decided to extend the closure of Osseo City Hall, the Osseo Community Center and the Hennepin County Library Osseo branch until June 1. The team is working towards implementing safety precautions on how to open up city campus facilities, trying to ensure that all staff and visitors are safe and that there is ample equipment and cleaning operations. City meetings will be held by teleconference until further notice. The city’s website (DiscoverOsseo.com) has details on how to watch meetings, and more.
In Maple Grove, the city is looking to first reopen the passport office at the Maple Grove Government Center. A target date is June 1. The passport center will be moving to the main level and there will be glass installed to protect staff and the public. The city is also working to install plexiglass treatments along all the counters on the first floor of the government center. City Administrator Heidi Nelson said if the plexiglass is installed in a timely manner, the entire first floor of the government center could be reopened to the public June 1. Much of the city staff working remotely will be continuing to do so for the time being.
Plans are also being made for the upcoming election. The city council is considering how it wants to conduct its meetings in the future. As for the community center, plans are being made on how to open the building safely since it is an area where large groups of people gather.
The city of Champlin is opening the city hall and parks and recreation department yet Tuesday, May 26. Hours of operation will be Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The ice forum is still closed at this time.