The New Ulm City Council authorized the city declaration of emergency relating to COVID-19 to Friday, June 12. City Manager Chris Dalton originally suggested reopening City Hall and the PUC on June 3. Playgrounds, restrooms, BMX, skate and dog parks are scheduled to open today. All playgrounds will be open, but not sanitized. Signs will advise patrons to use at their own risk. The BMX, skate and dog parks will also have signs restricting use to no more than 10 users at a time, with social distancing required. Vogel Fieldhouse will have a tentative opening June 1, depending on Gov. Tim Walz’s orders. Dalton said when the fieldhouse opens; it will be only for fitness and cardio. Hours of operation will be reduced. The Civic Center ice will close as rentals are minimal during the month of June. The Community Center will remain closed at this time. Summer programming is delayed at this time. Programming may start if Walz allows contact sports later in the summer. The library will open for computer use appointments only on June 1 and to the public mid-June with reduced hours and limited users.

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