Covid 19 Q&A

COVID 19 Q&A

The New Hope Parks and Recreation Department is actively monitoring the outbreak of the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19).  The health, safety and well-being of our residents, participants, families and staff is of utmost importance, and we are keeping that in the forefront of our decisions on programming and facility use.  See below for further information.


1. Face Coverings Required.

Per Executive Order 20-81, a face covering is required for anyone entering any New Hope facility. Signs will be posted at the front door of each building stating that face coverings are required. For specific recreation programs, a detailed COVID-19 Preparedness Plan, which also includes face covering guidelines, will be sent to participants before a program starts.

 

2. Are parks, trails and open spaces open to the public during the COVID-19 outbreak?

Yes, City parks and trails remain open at this time.  Time spent outdoors can offer a variety of mental and physical benefits. Parks, trails and open spaces remain open for activities that practice social distancing, including walking, jogging, and bicycling.  In order to slow the spread of COVID-19 we encourage you to protect yourself and others by taking precautions suggested by the CDC and MN Dept of Health by: washing hands thoroughly with soap and water for 20 seconds, covering your cough with something disposable or your upper arm, refraining from shaking hands, maintain social distancing of 6 feet or more if you go outside, and most importantly, staying home if you are sick or have any flu like symptoms.

Park equipment (benches, picnic tables, courts, etc) are not cleaned or sanitized. Use at your own risk. Please adhere to the Governor's current guidelines on group sizes and the outdoor recreation guidelines set by the MN DNR. Please wash and/or sanitize your hands after touching the play structure. Do not use if you are feeling sick. As a precaution aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19, drinking fountains will remain shut off. The city is supplying portable toilets at some parks. These facilities are cleaned and maintained by the provider two times per week. Use at your own risk. Do not use if you are feeling sick.

3. Are Playgrounds Open?
Yes, playgrounds are open, but they are not cleaned or sanitized. Use at your own risk. 

4. Is group play banned in New Hope?

The City of New Hope is following the Governor's order and have allowed adult softball, youth baseball and other youth programs to begin. If groups would like to rent a facility or field space they will need to contact the Parks and Recreation department. We will continue to follow the Governor's guidelines to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

5. Is the Golf Course open?
Yes, the New Hope Golf Course is open for the season. Please visit the Golf Course webpage at newhopemn.gov/golf for a complete list of social distancing guidelines.

6. Are tennis and disc golf allowed?
At this time, tennis and disc golf (disc golf at Sunnyside Park) are allowed at City parks as long as you maintain a safe social distance of at least six feet from one another and are in compliance with the Governor’s order of less than 25 people. The use of shared equipment and other physical amenities is also highly discouraged – as these surfaces are not sanitized. This includes the use of picnic tables, picnic shelters, benches, shared sports balls/equipment and more.

7. Are the off-leash dog parks open?
The off-leash dog parks have opened for the season. Dog Parks are located in the hockey rinks at Liberty Park (9015 60th Ave N) and Lions Park (3810 Oregon Ave N). Please follow social distancing guidelines.

8. If I already registered for a camp, class, event or program scheduled for summer, what’s  happening?
Due to health and safety concerns over COVID-19, many in-person camps, classes, events and programs have been cancelled or modified throughout the summer. Please visit the Flyers page for a list of newly added or modified programs as well as virtual program opportunities.

If you were registered for any classes, events or programs that cannot be rescheduled you will be refunded at a later date. As soon as we can safely resume activities, we will do so. 

9. What meetings and events have been cancelled?
As of June 1, City Hall is open to the public.  For information on upcoming meetings please visit the city website at www.newhopemn.gov.  

10. How can I stay informed about City actions?
Updates from the City of New Hope will be posted on the City website.  Sign up for email updates through www.newhopemn.gov to stay informed.