COVID-19 Housing Assistance Program through MN Housing: The COVID-19 Housing Assistance Program provides housing assistance payments to help prevent eviction, prevent homelessness, and maintain housing stability for eligible renters and homeowners. Local administrators will review applications from individuals and families requesting assistance, verify eligibility, and process payments for eligible expenses on behalf of households. The 211 helpline has dedicated multilingual staff to help answer questions, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Friday.
COVID-19 Eviction Prevention Resources: Dakota County residents who are experiencing a short-term financial hardship with an eviction or utility shut-off can take action via several resources to apply for financial assistance. Services and programs are changing rapidly, please contact agencies directly to determine the availability of individual programs.
July 22: As of July 25, 2020, per the Governor’s Executive Order 20-81, people in Minnesota are required to wear a face covering in all public indoor spaces and businesses, unless alone. Additionally, workers are required to wear a face covering when working outdoors in situations where social distancing cannot be maintained.
City Facility Status
Some City facilities have re-opened while others remain closed until further notice to limit the potential for community transmission of COVID-19.
Open Facilities: If you have a cough, fever, chills, sore throat or other symptoms, STOP, do not enter any City facility. If you enter a facility, you must practice social distancing and it is required that you wear a mask at all times. If you do not have a mask, one will be provided to you.
- City Hall: The building is now open from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday. We ask that you call ahead for an appointment, 952-985-4400.
- Lakeville Heritage Center: The building is now open for a limited number of programs that can meet safely within COVID-19 guidelines. There are significant changes to minimize the spread of COVID-19. For full details, see the July/August Heritage Happenings newsletter. Rentals are also available - contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on how to rent space.
- Parks & Recreation: Parks & Recreation is currently registering for many programs. If a program has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, online registration will not be available. There are also a number of new programs including both virtual classes and kits that can be completed at home. If you have a question about a program, contact Parks & Recreation at 952-985-4600.
- Lakeville Ames and Hasse Arenas: Lakeville Arenas have re-opened with restrictions and guidelines in place.
- Police Department: The Police Department is now open from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Visitors will be screened by calling 952-985-4800 from the vestibule. The Data Request, Permit to Purchase and Solicitor registration forms are available on this website.
- Central Maintenance Facility: The building is now open from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday.
- Water Treatment Facility: The building is now open from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday.
- Fire Station 4: The building is now open from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday.
- Lakeville Area Arts Center: The Arts Center is offering a wide variety of programs, both in-person and/or virtually. The facility is closed to the general public, unless you are registered for a class. The galleries also remain closed. Registration and ticket sales are by phone (952-985-4640) or online (LakevilleAreaArtsCenter.com) only.
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.
Stay Safe Order Phase III
On Friday, June 5, Governor Walz announced a "turning of the dial" to open up more of society across the state and will implement "Stay Safe Order Phase III" starting Wednesday, June 10.
Stay Safe Order Phase III:
- The new order encourages Minnesotans to stay close to home but allows outdoor gatherings of friends and family of 25 people or less, and indoor gatherings of 10 people or less.
- Restaurants and bars are allowed indoor seating at 50% capacity, cannot exceed 250 people in a single self-contained space (including outdoor seating) and reservations are still required.
- Personal services like salons, tattoo parlors and barbershops can be open at 50% capacity, but cannot exceed 250 people in a single self-contained space, with appointments required.
- Gyms, personal fitness and yoga studios for both indoor and outdoor use at 25% capacity.
- Seated indoor entertainment like movies, concert halls, bowling, arcades, museums and theaters at 25% capacity, cannot exceed 250 people in a single self-contained space.
- Pools at 50% capacity and maintain social distancing.
- Outdoor event and entertainments settings, like sporting events, concerts and theaters cannot exceed 250 people in a single self-contained space, and must continue to follow social distancing guidelines.
For more information on Phase III and the upcoming changes, visit mn.gov for the Minnesota Stay Safe Plan.
Policy for Temporary Outdoor Customer Service Areas
Minnesota Executive Order 20-56 allows restaurants and bars to open to the public on June 1, provided they:
- Adopt and implement a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan
- Provide outdoor service only
- Ensure a minimum of 6 feet of distance between tables
- Limit on-premises capacity to no more than 50 persons
- Limit table service to 4 persons from differing households, or 6 persons if part of one family unit
- Require reservations in advance
- Require workers to wear masks
- Strongly encourage masks be worn by customers
To comply with Lakeville’s Policy for Temporary Outdoor Customer Service Areas, businesses:
- Can create temporary patios in parking areas and green spaces
- Have on-site signage and storage
- Post limited on-site directional signage
- Set up temporary tables, tents and sun shelters
- Must prepare a traffic management plan
- Provide on-site traffic and operational management
- No city permits or fees are required to establish these temporary customer areas.
- If the business is not the fee owner of the property, any temporary outdoor use must have written approval from the fee owner of the premises.
- Any structure requiring state building and fire code permits must submit plans and permit applications for accelerated review by city staff.
- Customer waiting or service areas must not impede sidewalk usage nor block disabled person parking spaces or ramps.
For Liquor License Holders
In addition to the above requirements, if alcohol is to be consumed on the temporary outdoor customer service area, the licensee must:
- Submit a site plan to city staff that
- Delineates the perimeter of the outdoor area
- Identifies the type of barrier being used
- Shows the patio area to be compact and contiguous to the existing building
- Provide proof of modification to defined premises in MN liquor license liability insurance coverage
All sales and consumption of alcohol shall also be consistent with the city’s temporary policy, state statute and the Governor’s Executive Orders.
Q: If my business is serving alcohol on an existing patio (with a properly spaced configuration), do I need to submit a plan to the City?
Q: If my business is NOT serving alcohol on the temporary patio, do I need to submit a plan to the City?
Q: What department do I submit my revised liquor license documents to?
A: Community and Economic Development
Q: What department will enforce these restrictions?
A: Violation complaints will be handled on a case-by-case basis as a code enforcement matter by the Planning Department.
Q: Do I have to submit my COVID-19 Preparedness Plan to the City or State of Minnesota?
A: No. Businesses are required to create a preparedness plan by Executive Order 20-56, but are not required to submit the document to city or state officials. However, the state has a right to request to see a copy of the plan at any time if violations and complaints are received.
Limited Park Amenities to Reopen in Lakeville
The Lakeville City Council held discussions and a vote about specific park amenities during its regularly scheduled meeting Monday, May 4. As a result, the City will be opening a limited number of park facilities, with proper social distancing guidelines and recommendations. Those include tennis courts, four of six pickleball courts, disc golf, mini golf and playgrounds.
It is recommended that everyone follow proper social distancing, not crowd on courts, gather at venues, and ensure they use hand sanitizer when appropriate, while taking extra precautions to continue following guidance provided by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). If you are feeling sick or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, please stay home and do not use the park amenities.
Portable restrooms will be placed in our parks with additional units and cleaning services at the high use parks. Permanent restrooms at the following parks have re-opened as of August 10, 2020: Antlers, Aronson, King, Steve Michaud and Valley Lake.
The Council believes that park users can use facilities safely and with proper caution, if they choose, by taking personal responsibility for their well-being. The guidance continues to be no gatherings of 10 or more people and to continue social distancing and reduce activities for our higher-risk older adult population and those with underlying medical conditions. Our Community Service Officers will be available to continue assisting in coaching and educating the public.
We continue to evaluate our community events and facilities. Check back to this website for the latest updates.
Find COVID-19 Testing Locations
If you have questions about your health insurance coverage call your insurance company prior to getting tested.
What should I know before I go?
Testing sites are designed to keep you and health care workers safe. Sometimes you may stay in your car. Other sites will screen you before you come indoors. Many sites will require an appointment before you arrive in order to ensure they’ve collected your contact and insurance information. Please review directions specific to each site before you go.
- Map of testing locations
- There is one testing location in Lakeville:
HealthPartners - Park Nicollet Lakeville Clinic
18484 Kachina Court
Weekdays: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Weekends: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Dakota County Resources
- Grants available for veterans impacted by COVID-19 - for lost wages and to cover expenses (PDF): Veterans in Dakota County who have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic may be eligible for grant programs offered by the Minnesota Department of Veteran Affairs.
- Dakota County extends protective equipment donation drive (PDF): Dakota County residents and businesses can continue helping first responders and medical workers during the COVID-19 pandemic by donating personal protection equipment such as masks, gloves and other items at sites across the county.
Dakota County is expanding its COVID-19 hotline to connect residents to a range of local resources during the pandemic.
Beginning Monday, April 20, public health nurses answering the hotline will assist callers seeking help in Dakota County for housing, financial support, physical and mental health and other issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The county’s COVID-19 hotline number is 952-891-7834. It is open Monday–Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Language interpreters are available.
Community resource information is also available on the county’s website. Visit dakotacounty.us.
The Minnesota Department of Health also has COVID-19 hotlines available daily.
- School and child care questions: 651-297-1304 or 1-800-657-3504
- Health questions: 651-201-3920 or 1-800-657-390
Governor Tim Walz’s Emergency Executive Order 20-48: 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.
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.