Governor Tim Walz on May 13, 2021 announced the end of Minnesota’s statewide mask requirement, aligning Minnesota with new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance on face coverings. Minnesotans who are not fully vaccinated are strongly recommended to wear face coverings indoors.
Private businesses and local municipalities may still put in place face covering requirements. And Minnesota’s Safe Learning Plan, along with the existing face covering guidance for schools and child care settings, remain in effect.
City Facility Status
All City facilities are now open to the public.
Find Local 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.
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 Housing Assistance Program - English (PDF)
- COVID-19 Housing Assistance Program - Spanish (PDF)
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.
Policy for Temporary Outdoor Customer Service Areas
- 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.
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