As our community experiences the day-to-day uncertainties during the COVID-19 pandemic, we’d like to encourage Lakeville residents to spread the love as we extend the #AWorldofHearts campaign within our community.
It is important to help one another, spread the love and show our appreciation to our neighbors and those who continue to be on the front lines in the workforce for our community. These unseen heroes include healthcare workers, first responders, teachers, truck drivers, grocery, liquor and convenient store employees, and more.
Extended Facility Closures
Following the Governor’s Emergency Executive Order 20-20 of March 25, 2020 directing Minnesotans to “Stay at Home,” the City of Lakeville will continue to close public access to facilities to limit the potential for community transmission of COVID-19.
The closure includes Lakeville City Hall, Central Maintenance Facility and the Water Treatment Facility through April 10. The order also advises that other public accommodations that allow for larger public gatherings remain closed until May 1, those include Lakeville Area Arts Center, Heritage Center, and Hasse and Ames Arenas. Parks & Recreation activities and events are canceled at this time. For specifics, visit the Parks & Recreation online calendar.
Most City services will continue without interruption. City employees will be available by telephone and email during the facility closures. We will continue to provide additional updates as they become available on this page, Facebook, Twitter and Nextdoor social media pages.
Governor Tim Walz’s Emergency Executive Order 20-20: Directing Minnesotans to Stay at Home (PDF)
Residents who have questions about Governor Walz’s executive orders or questions regarding businesses, school or childcare are asked to call the Minnesota’s State Emergency Operation Center’s hotline at 1-800-657-3504 between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Please do not call 911, unless it is an emergency.
Lakeville Liquors is pleased to announce that on Tuesday, March 24, we will reopen our Galaxie and Kenrick locations with some new policies and standards in place. Our Heritage location will remain closed for a planned remodeling project through April 5.
The two locations will have new hours, noon to 8 p.m., Monday through Saturday. We will be closed on Sundays in the short-term.
If you shop with us, you will notice the following policies and standards:
- As advised by the CDC, if you are feeling ill or sick, please stay at home.
- We are no longer accepting cash - debit or credit cards only.
- No more than 15 customers are allowed in the stores at one time and we ask that you practice social distancing inside the store.
- There are no customer service associates available on the sales floor. If a product is not on the shelf, you can assume it is out of stock.
- To protect you, our lanes have been turned into self-serve checkout. Like local grocery stores, we will be behind a plexiglass barrier to guide and assist you through the process.
- There will be no assistance to bag or carry out product.
Following guidance from state health officials, the City of Lakeville has closed public access to City facilities through April 10 to limit the potential for community transmission of COVID-19. The closures include:
- Lakeville City Hall
- Central Maintenance Facility
- Water Treatment Facility
- All four fire stations
- Lobby of the Lakeville Police Department
- All playgrounds in Lakeville
Facilities that will remain closed through May 1 include:
- Lakeville Area Arts Center
- Heritage Center
- Ames and Hasse Arenas
Many services the City provides can be accessed through this website.
The City asks for the public’s patience and understanding of this action. Essential City services will continue without interruption. City employees will be available by telephone and email during the facility closure. Some departments will be working split-shifts, meaning you may see city employees working during non-customary hours. We will continue to update our home page with all critical contact information.
This decision to close City facilities and implement enhanced safety measure was made in collaboration with our public health partners and with the well-being of community members and City staff in mind.
This community mitigation effort is designed to protect the health of City staff and safeguard its ability to deliver services, including emergency access to police, fire and emergency medical service (EMS) response.
The City will provide additional updates as they become available. Updates will be posted on the home page of the City’s website, Facebook, Twitter and Nextdoor social media pages.
Click on the image on the right to download a flyer with tips on stopping the spread of germs (PDF).
- Minnesota Department of Health
- Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
- Dakota County Public Health: This website includes:
- An updated number of cases in Dakota County
- Community resources for food support, unemployment, help lines, transportation and more
- Local school updates
- Communication materials such as posters — English and Spanish — and checklists for families, households, healthcare providers and more
- "How to prevent COVID-19” checklists for pharmacies, homeless shelters, schools, businesses and others
- COVID-19 hotlines:
- Dakota County health questions: 952-891-7834 (Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.)
- Minnesota Department of Health - school and child care questions: 1-800-657-3504 (7 days/week, 7 a.m.-7 p.m.)
- Minnesota State Emergency Operations Center - health questions: 651-201-3920 or 1-800-657-3903 (7 days/week, 7 a.m.-7 p.m.)
- Minnesota Food Helpline can provide help to people seeking assistance:
- Call the Minnesota Food Helpline: 888-711-1151
- There is a chat feature on its website that will help determine if people are eligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) using the Children’s Defense Fund’s Bridge to Benefits Screening tool: http://www.hungersolutions.org/programs/mn-food-helpline/
- Use that website to find assistance in filling out the SNAP application or the Minnesota Food Helpline will direct you to one of 32 Community Action Agencies, which can walk applicants through the process.
- Individuals can go to the ApplyMN website for an application: https://applymn.dhs.mn.gov/online-appweb/spring/public/process-login?execution=e1s1
Our Water Supply
Lakeville’s water supply is clean and safe. Watch this short video from our Utilities Superintendent.
In an effort to take proactive measures to protect the health and safety of the Lakeville community, our Building Inspections Department requests that customers limit their in-person interactions as much as possible. You can obtain many residential building permits online. For more details, visit our Building Inspections webpage or call 952-985-4440.
We encourage residents to pay utility bills using virtual methods including:
- Registering for online billing and payments
- Calling 877-885-7968 to make a payment
If you have questions about utility bills, contact us at 952-985-4580 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Small Business Association (SBA) Disaster Loans Available
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected everyone in our economy, but we know small businesses have been particularly hard hit. That’s why Governor Walz requested an Economic Injury Disaster Loan declaration from the SBA. Now, online applications for these loans are open to Minnesota businesses at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/.
If you receive an error message when trying to access the website, it may be due to system overload. Try the following:
- Call the SBA at 800-659-2955
- Send your documents via email to email@example.com
- Try using a different web browser
Loan Training for COVID-19 Related Economic Disruptions
Information and Resources for Employers and Businesses During the COVID-19 Outbreak
- Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED)
- Thrive! Lakeville Business Updates - special editions
- Real Time Solutions Webinar Series April 1-15 (PDF): Register for these live 30-minute webinars through the Lakeville Area Chamber of Commerce.
Local Business That Remain Open
Metro Mobility Will Deliver Groceries to You
Stay home and stay safe. Certified Metro Mobility customers can now order groceries and household essentials online from a store that has online shopping and local pickup. Metro Mobility will pick your order up and deliver to your house. For more information, visit Metro Mobility’s website.
Prevent the Spread of COVID-19
Preventing the spread of any virus is key to minimizing individual and community impacts. Some actions the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend residents can take now to help reduce the risk of infection and spread of the disease include:
- If sick (fever/cough) STAY HOME
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Cover your sneeze or cough with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash immediately and wash your hands
- Wash your hands often throughout the day
- Practice social distancing by staying home as much as possible, avoiding large crowds and keeping a 3- to 6-foot distance between you and others when you go out
- Get in the habit of NOT touching your face – eyes, nose, and mouth
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe. Don’t forget phones, keyboards, and door handles
- Clean your work area at least once, ideally twice a day
- Forgo the handshake for a wave or “elbow bump”
- Eat healthy and stay hydrated
- Get plenty of rest
If You Are Sick or Caring for Someone
If you are sick with COVID-19 or suspect you are infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, you should take steps to help prevent the disease from spreading to people in your home and community. Visit the CDC’s website for more information.
Social Distancing in Public Parks and Trails
April 2: No Group Play or Gathering in Lakeville Parks
In addition to closing playgrounds, on April 1, Lakeville suspended certain outdoor amenities – including pickleball, volleyball and tennis and other group activities that are not in compliance with obvious physical and social distancing, such as non-individual sports – in order to protect the community.
Governor Walz’s “stay at home” executive order 20-20 prohibits gatherings, yet these gatherings and close contact sports were occurring at some of these park amenities. Walz’s order does allow people to be outside to enjoy the spring weather, if social distancing guidelines are being followed. Residents can still enjoy over 100 miles of pedestrian and bike trails in the City.
Residents who have questions about Walz’s order or questions regarding businesses, school or childcare are asked to call the Minnesota’s State Emergency Operation Center’s hotline at 1-800-657-3504 between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Please do not call 911, unless it is an emergency.
- Follow CDC’s guidance on personal hygiene prior to heading to trails — wash hands, carry hand sanitizer, do not use trails if you have symptoms, cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, etc.
- Observe at all times CDC’s minimum recommended social distancing of six feet from other people. Practice it and know what it looks like. Keep it as you walk, bike or hike.
- Warn other trail users of your presence and as you pass to allow proper distance and step off trails to allow others to pass, keeping minimum recommended distances at all times. Signal your presence with your voice, bell or horn.
- In Lakeville, park users will find public restrooms closed — be prepared before you leave and time outings so that you are not dependent on public restrooms.
- Bring water or drinks — public drinking fountains should not be used, even if operable.
- Bring a suitable trash bag. Leave no trash, take everything out to protect park workers.
- You are discouraged from using playgrounds as park workers are not able to properly clean and disinfect the equipment.
Free Student Lunches
Managing Anxiety and Stress
The outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about and our community stronger. Here are some resources to help.