City of Blaine Activities, Facilities and Day to Day Business Changes
The City of Blaine is actively engaged with the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and other local partners following the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) protocols with regard to the COVID-19 virus.
The CDC and MDH have robust websites that contain the most up to date information on COVID19.
City of Blaine COVID-19 Preparedness
The City of Blaine’s first priority is the safety of Blaine residents, vendors, customers, and employees. To that end, the city is aligning with the CDC and MDH guidelines pertaining to COVID-19.
Following the lead of Governor Walz’s peace time state of emergency declaration on Friday, March 13, the city is declaring a local state of emergency. As the Governor stated, by declaring a peace time state of emergency, we are “Opening the tool box” to allow the state and the city to make decisions rapidly.
The following changes will be implemented effective immediately.
Day to Day Business at City Facilities
All service counters will remain open and cleaning procedures will be instituted after each contact with the public. Residents and city staff are reminded to take basic safety precautions and practice social distancing:
- Do not shake hands
- Wash hands with soap for 20 seconds after any contact
- Strive to maintain a 6 foot distance between yourself and others
Tables have been placed in front of service counters to increase the distance between visitors and employees.
Mary Ann Young Center Closure
The Mary Ann Young Center is closed until further notice, this will be reevaluated after April 15. Blaine seniors with specific needs may contact the MAYC with questions and concerns at 763-786-9375.
Public Reservations of all City Hall Facilities
All public reservations both during and after hours of all city hall facilities are discontinued or cancelled effective immediately. This will be reevaluated after April 15.
City hall doors will be locked at 4:30PM, with the exception of city meetings, and will open again at 8AM, Monday through Friday.
City Sponsored Parks and Recreation Activities
All activities taking place at city facilities or run by city staff scheduled from now until April 15 are cancelled. This will be reevaluated after April 15. City facilities include:
- Public Works
- City Hall
- Mary Ann Young Center
- All City Parks
Residential Building Inspections
All residential building inspections for privately occupied homes will be suspended until March 30, effective immediately.
The police department is limiting walk-in reports. To file a report, please contact the non-emergency police number at 763-427-1212 to have a report taken.
In addition, the following police department events and services will be cancelled until further notice:
- March 28 Bike Helmet Fitting and Sales Event
- Car Seat Clinics and Fittings
- Fingerprinting Services
- Police Department Tours
These steps are being taken to quickly mitigate the spread of COVID-19. The city will be assessing these changes and updating preparedness measures as needed. Please check the city’s website often for the most current updates.
The City of Blaine appreciates your patience and cooperation.