Mayor Carter Announces Parks & Recreation Department and Saint Paul Public Library Program Changes Amid COVID-19 Concerns

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
March 13, 2020

Contact:
Peter Leggett
peter.leggett@ci.stpaul.mn.us
651-307-8603

SAINT PAUL, MN - Today, Mayor Carter announced Parks & Recreation Department and Saint Paul Public Library program changes amid COVID-19 coronavirus concerns. These changes will impact programs starting Saturday, March 14 following new guidance announced today by the Minnesota Department of Health. 

“We are monitoring the evolving situation around the spread of COVID-19,” said Mayor Carter. “These steps align with new guidance from our public health officials, and will help protect our community.” 

ABOUT PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT PROGRAM CHANGES
The Parks and Recreation Department is suspending the following programs starting Saturday, March 14 through Tuesday, March 31: 

  • At Parks and Recreation Centers:
    • Senior programs
    • Adaptive Recreation programs
    • Youth athletic games and practices
    • All gatherings of 250 or more people
  • At Como Park Zoo & Conservatory:
    • Animal/garden daily talks and programs
    • Public special events
    • Programs and classes

All Parks and Recreation facilities and the Como Park Zoo and Conservatory will remain open to the public at this time. More information on Parks and Recreation Department program changes can be found at: https://www.stpaul.gov/news/changes-parks-rec-programs-and-services-due-novel-coronavirus-covid-19

ABOUT LIBRARY DEPARTMENT PROGRAM CHANGES
The Saint Paul Public Library is suspending all programs, events, classes, outreach services, and meeting room reservations starting on Saturday, March 14 through March 31, including the Bookmobile and all other offsite visits to community partners.

All library locations will remain open at this time. More information on Library Department program changes can be found at: https://sppl.org/coronavirus/

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