Updated Monday, July 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).
Face coverings required
In accordance with the governor’s executive order 20-81 [PDF], face coverings are required in all city facilities. Visitors are expected to wear a mask while in the building. Masks will be available if you do not bring your own. More information about the state mask mandate is available at https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/facecover.html.
Please do not contact the Police Department to report someone for not wearing a face covering. Do not confront the individual either. Everyone should continue to maintain six feet of distance whether indoors or outside.
Please note, the information listed below may change at any time.
All city buildings are open to the public under current state and federal capacity guidelines. Face coverings are required to enter city facilities.
The Shakopee Community Center reopened Monday, July 6.
For the near future, the Community Center will open to members only; one-day guest passes will not be available. Members will not be billed for services until Aug. 1. Annual memberships will be extended the length of the closure, approximately four months.
With the reduced capacity levels, the Community Center has implemented a reservation system. Reservations allow the department to manage capacity at the state’s latest guidelines.
The Lookout indoor playground, Kids Cove and Enigma Teen Center will remain closed due to challenges related to safely cleaning these facilities and maintaining social distance. Ṡakpe ti Lounge will also remain closed until further notice.
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
- SandVenture Aquatic Park will not open for the summer 2020 season
- City outdoor athletic fields are open, weather permitting. Games and tournaments are permitted, per state guidelines.
Minnesota Governor Tim Walz signed Executive Order 20-56 setting guidelines for safely reopening economic and social settings with precautions related to COVID-19. For more information about the Stay Safe MN guidelines, visit staysafe.mn.gov.
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.
- 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
City of Shakopee Business Relief Fund
The City of Shakopee Small Business Relief Fund will provide grants of up $15,000 to small businesses most in need of support. Funds will help businesses pay for critical expenses such as rent or mortgage payments, utilities, payments to suppliers and costs associated with reopening. Providing this support will increase the capacity of small businesses with a physical location in Shakopee to survive the current crisis and will help prevent potential future blight scenarios.
How to Apply
- Application forms will be accepted beginning July 20 through July 24, 2020, at noon
- Applications must be submitted online through the city website
- The fund administrator, City of Shakopee, will notify approved applicants by email on or before July 31, 2020.
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
Small businesses can apply for COVID-19 relief funds
One-time forgivable loans available up to $15,000
7/20/2020 9:32:00 AM
Scott County CDA launches small businesses recovery fund
Businesses can apply for forgivable loan up to $5,000
7/6/2020 9:50:55 AM
Shakopee Community Center aims to reopen July 6
Facility anticipated to open with member services, reduced capacity
6/9/2020 12:10:00 PM
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