During the COVID-19 outbreak, under guidance from state and federal authorities, local officials have made the following decisions:
1. Waconia schools and ISD 110 will suspend classes from Monday, March 16, through Friday, March 27. Instruction will resume on Monday, March 30. This includes student activities and athletics and all Community Education services. Kids’ Company will be open only for the children of emergency workers and first responders.
2. The City of Waconia has closed the Waconia Ice Arena and Safari Island.
3. Central Schools and ISD 108 will suspend all classes from Monday March 16 to March 27, with plans to resume classes on March 30, remotely if necessary. All activities and athletics will be suspended. Community Ed classes, practices, Early Childhood, and preschool classes are suspended. Kid’s Company will continue to provide care through March 20. Beginning March 23, Kid’s Company will only be open for emergency workers, including: health care staff, first responders, firefighters, correctional services, essential court personnel, MN State Veterans Home staff, state and local public health agency employees, MNsure Navigators, county financial/eligibility workers, county case managers, and county staff in emergency management or Health and Human Services. Central School staff will also be offering breakfast and lunch bag Monday through Friday from 7am-9am for families in need. The food can be picked up from Central Elementary, Kurious Kids Preschool in Cologne, or Hamburg’s fire hall. There will be no charge for the food.
4. The City of Norwood Young America has closed the Senior Center until further notice. The Willkommen Heritage Center will be closed until further notice. All cityof NYA fire stations will be closed to non-essential personnel until further notice.
5. Watertown-Mayer School District and ISD 111 will be closed from Monday March 16 to March 27. The schools will be open at some point through the coming week for parents and students to come and pick up their materials and personal property. Specific times and dates will posted on the website and Facebook soon. All Community Education, school age and infant & toddler childcare, early childhood family education, and preschool classes are canceled until further notice. Beginning Monday, March 16, Kids Company School Age Childcare will be offered for healthcare and emergency workers. Healthcare and emergency workers include, but may not be limited to, area hospital and clinic healthcare staff, firefighters and first responders/EMTs. Proof of employment credentials for emergency workers may be required to access the Kids Company service. Kids Company will also be offered for school district staff when required to report to work.
6. The City of Watertown offices at 309 Lewis Ave South will remain open to the public but we will be installing a temporary protective plexiglass screen and safe zone from which we will conduct all City business with the general public. All other City facilities – including the Fire Department – are closed to the general public and restricted to City personnel or government partners. This restriction includes the community center meeting room spaces in meetings room A, B, C and the kitchen. Effective immediately theses spaces will be closed for use to all non-city or governmental partner use. Staff will be contacting those civic groups with standing meetings, or currently scheduled events. Any paid reservations will be offered a full refund.
7. Carver County has suspended walk-up services at all facilities with the exception of the Justice Center or Carver County District Court. Essential services such as law enforcement, 911 Dispatch and jail services will remain fully operational. Carver County parks remain open for use, although no facilities within the parks are open. SmartLink services will also continue to be provided.
8. 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.
9. Mackenthun's Fine Foods announced that it is temporarily limiting store hours to 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. due to the situation around COVID-19 to help ensure the well-being of staff, the replenishment of products and allow for deeper cleaning of the store. The local grocer also is reserving 7-8 a.m., the first hour of store operations each day, for elderly shoppers and other individuals at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19. And in an effort to limit customer and employee contact, Mackenthun's is no longer bagging groceries unless requested.
10. 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.