Covid 19 Q&A


Updated 1/6/21
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. Children under age 2 years must not wear face coverings. Children between the ages of 2 and 5 years old are not required to wear face coverings, but are encouraged to wear a face covering when in public if they can do so reliably in compliance with CDC guidance.


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

Yes, City parks, trails, playgrounds, and skating rinks are open at this time.  Warming Houses are not open this year due to COVID. 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, skate park features, 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. 

3. Is the Ice Arena open?

Yes. Programs and rentals are allowed for practices and instruction only. Games and scrimmages will be allowed beginning January 14. The indoor walking track is open to adults Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Spectators are not allowed at this time.  

4. Are the Community Gyms open?

Yes. Programs and rentals are allowed for practice and instruction only. Games and scrimmages will be allowed beginning January 14. Spectators are not allowed at this time.

5. What meetings and events have been cancelled?
City Hall is open to the public. For information on upcoming meetings, please visit the city website at

6. 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 to stay informed.