Updated Wednesday, May 27
In the interest of public health, the City of Shakopee is closely monitoring the spread of COVID-19. City leaders are committed to following the latest recommendations from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Minnesota Department of Health (MDH).
Please note, the information listed below may change at any time.
The following city public buildings are closed until further notice:
- Community Center
- Fire Stations
- SandVenture Aquatic Park (will not open for the 2020 season)
All non-essential city activities, programs and events will be canceled until further notice. This includes:
- Parks and Recreation programs listed in the Spring-Summer 2020 brochure, including fitness classes, swimming lessons, Learn to Skate classes, camps and more. A modified summer brochure will be released June 15.
- Parks and Recreation special events through June 30
- Reservations and rentals at city Parks and Recreation facilities through June 30
- All older active adult programs until further notice
- Clean Up Day is rescheduled for Saturday, July 18
Refunds & Reservations
Residents who have registered for an event or reserved a room for rental will be notified about processing their refund or rescheduling their event.
Community Center memberships will be put on hold to ensure members receive the full length of their term agreement. This means your membership expiration will be extended the length of closure. For month-to-month Community Center memberships, you will not be billed until we reopen. If you have questions, please call 952-233-9500.
Many city services are available through the city website. These include:
- Building permits and inspections
- Business licensing
- Planning, zoning and economic development assistance
- Engineering services
- Parks and Recreation program registration
You can also:
The City of Shakopee is committed to the health of our community, and we understand the need to stay active and spend time outdoors.
While some cities have closed their parks and playgrounds, the city prefers to allow residents to use these facilities responsibly. To keep them open, accessible and safe, we strongly urge everyone to use our parks, trails and park amenities responsibly.
Park Facilities Notes
- Park shelters are unavailable for rent through June
- SandVenture Aquatic Park will not open for the summer 2020 season
- City outdoor athletic fields will available for practices beginning June 1, weather permitting. No games or tournaments are allowed at this time.
- Lions Park Splash Pad will not open Memorial Day. The city is monitoring public health guidelines to determine whether it can safely open the splash pad at a future date.
Minnesota Governor Tim Walz signed Executive Order 20-56 setting guidelines for safely reopening economic and social settings with precautions related to COVID-19.
Beginning May 18, Minnesotans are welcome to gather with friends and family in groups of 10 or less with safe social distancing practices in place. Non-critical businesses, like retail stores and main street businesses, can reopen if they have a social distancing plan and operate at 50 percent capacity.
On June 1, additional businesses, including restaurants, bars and salons, may reopen with certain guidelines. The city will allow businesses within commercial and industrial zoning districts to provide temporary customer service areas to accommodate safety guidelines.
On March 16, Mayor Bill Mars signed a declaration of local emergency related to the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak. The declaration of an emergency invokes the city’s emergency disaster plan and allows cities to provide emergency assistance without complying with time-consuming procedures and formalities that are generally required before. The City Council ratified the declaration March 17.
On May 20, City Administrator Bill Reynolds issued an administrative order permitting local businesses to use parking and green spaces for temporary customer service.City Administrator Order 20-01: Outdoor Customer Service Areas [PDF]
Here are a variety of resources for businesses impacted by COVID-19:
- Minnesota Department of Revenue's information on the sales tax payment extension for eligible businesses
- Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development resources for employers, including information on staffing, hours, unemployment insurance and assistance for small businesses.
- Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development information about exemptions for critical sector workers during the Stay at Home order
- US Small Business Administration guidance for employers with links to information on small business products and loans, guidance on access to capital and the local assistance directory
Economic Injury Disaster Loans
The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to Minnesota small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Businesses can apply for loans to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact. If you have questions.
Eligibility is based on the financial impact of COVID-19. The interest rate is:
- 3.75 percent for small businesses
- 2.75 percent for private non-profit organizations
SBA offers loans with long-term repayments in order to keep payments affordable, up to a maximum of 30 years and are available to entities without the financial ability to offset the adverse impact without hardship.
How to apply
- Online at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela
- Phone via SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org
The deadline to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan is Dec. 21, 2020.
- SBA Disaster Assistance Loans Businesses and Nonprofits [PDF]
- EIDL Eligibility [PDF]
- EIDL Fact Sheet [PDF]
- EIDL FAQ [PDF]
Small Business Emergency Loan Program
The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development has established a loan program to assist small businesses directly and adversely affected and whose industry is named in Executive Orders 20-04 and 20-08 following the COVID-19 pandemic. The Small Business Emergency Loan Program uses DEED’s lender network to make loans of between $2,500 and $35,000 for qualifying small businesses. Learn more about the emergency loan program on DEED's website.
Payment Protection Program
The Paycheck Protection Program provides forgivable loans up to $10 million to small businesses left financially distressed by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The loans, which are administered at the local level by a national network of banks and credit unions, provide funds to pay up to eight weeks of payroll costs including benefits. Funds can also be used to pay interest on mortgages, rent and utilities.
All businesses – including nonprofits, veterans organizations, tribal business concerns, sole proprietorships, self-employed individuals and independent contractors – with 500 or fewer employees can apply.
- Paycheck Protection Program Borrower Information Fact Sheet [PDF]
- Borrower Paycheck Protection Program Application [PDF]
Resources for Employees
- Employees affected by COVID-19 may be eligible for Minnesota unemployment insurance without a waiting period. For information about unemployment benefits and insurance, visit www.uimn.org.
- The Department of Labor has information about the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which requires certain employers to provide employees with paid sick or family leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19.
- Employers and career seekers can contact CareerForce MN by phone, email and online at CareerForceMN.com/locations. If you have trouble connecting, please call the CareerForce Help Desk at 651-259-7501 or email email@example.com for assistance.
Call the Minnesota Department of Health COVID-19 Hotline at 651-201-3920 Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Information about COVID-19
Additional Local Resources
We're in this together
Shakopee community unites during COVID-19 pandemic
6/4/2020 8:57:00 AM
City Hall, public buildings to reopen Monday, June 1
Community Center remains closed until further notice
5/27/2020 5:00:00 PM
Shakopee Ice Arena, athletic fields to reopen June 1
Recreation programs, rentals canceled through June
5/22/2020 1:30:00 PM
City to allow temporary use of parking, green space for customer service
Order allows businesses to maintain safe activity within federal and state health guidelines
5/21/2020 3:50:00 PM
SandVenture will not open for 2020 season
Decision made in accordance with public health guidelines
5/15/2020 3:00:00 PM
Minnesota Stay at Home order extended until May 18
City facilities remain closed until further notice; Staff available by phone, email or website
5/1/2020 8:56:23 AM
Shakopee Fire to accept face masks April 25 for statewide drive
Collection bins available 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 25 outside Shakopee fire stations
4/21/2020 9:00:00 AM
Recreation programs, rentals canceled through May
Community Center, Ice Arena remain closed until further notice
4/10/2020 3:30:00 PM
Yard waste dumpster available for Shakopee residents
Dumpster available April 13 at 500 Gorman St. building
4/10/2020 9:00:00 AM
Minnesota’s Stay at Home order extended until May 4
City of Shakopee facilities remain closed to the public; contact the city via phone, email or website
4/8/2020 4:57:00 PM