City of Victoria's COVID-19 Response

The City of Victoria is committed to ensuring the safety and health of our employees and the public. Our goal is to reduce the risk for potential transmission of COVID-19.

City of Victoria Updates and Impacts

5/17/2021 City Hall Update

The City of Victoria has updated its COVID-19 Policy regarding wearing masks within City Facilities. Visitors and employees are encouraged, but not required, to wear face coverings while in City Facilities if fully vaccinated. Unvaccinated visitors and employees are requested to continue wearing face coverings while in City Facilities with limited exceptions.

3/22/2021 Victoria Recreation Center Update

Beginning March 22, 2021, The Victoria Recreation Center increased capacity as follows:

  • Gym – 20 people
  • Fitness Center – 25 people 
  • Walking Track – 20 people 

This step was taken in compliance with the updates to the Stay Safe MN guidance

3/11/2021 Note from City Hall Regarding the B117 Variant of COVID-1

The B117 variant of COVID-19 is quickly spreading across Carver County, specifically in youth, in this latest round of outbreaks in the area. To help prevent the spread of the variant, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) recommended a two-week pause to youth sports in Carver County starting March 8 through March 22, 2021. According to data from the MDH, cases have been directly linked to youth sports — both school and club teams. In an effort to share more information about how this B117 variant of COVID-19 is impacting the community, the City of Victoria has put together a list of answers to frequently asked questions.

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding the B117 Variant and the Impact on the Community of Victoria

Why is the B117 variant of COVID-19 more dangerous?

According to officials at the Carver County Department of Health, early data shows that the B117 variant of COVID-19 is more concerning than the original strain of COVID-19 for several reasons.

  • The variant is up to 50 percent more contagious than the original strain of COVID-19. 
  • The viral load is stronger in the variant so it may make people sicker than the original virus. 
  • The variant is affecting younger people, not just as carriers, but also making them sick.

What is the current situation with COVID-19 in Carver County?

Weekly cases of COVID-19 increased by nearly 80 percent in Carver County from February to March. These rates are approaching those seen in October 2020 and almost a third of these cases are in people under the age of 20.

As of March 10, 2021, health officials have identified 114 COVID-19 cases epidemiologically linked to the recent B117 cluster identified in Carver County and the southwest metro according to the MDH. Of those linked cases, 29 were confirmed to be the B117 variant, 49 were pending additional analysis to identify whether they involve the variant strain, and 36 were not able to be further analyzed. Cases have been linked to 9 schools, 3 community sports facilities, 2 sports clubs/organizations, and 1 childcare facility. More information will be provided by MDH as it becomes available.

What is the pause?

In an effort to stop the spread of the fast-spreading variant, the MDH recommended that youth sports in Carver County go on a pause for two weeks (March 8 through March 22, 2021) and that other counties implement active screening, testing, enforcement of masking, and encourage no gatherings related to the sports teams. If sports cannot pause activities, it is recommended that they implement a testing protocol. The MDH will continue to monitor the situation and additional measures may be needed. 

To stop the spread to others around the youth sports teams, MDH recommended several other measures for Carver County:

MDH Recommendations for Schools

  • Maintain hybrid learning model with full physical distancing for secondary students.
  • Consider pause on extracurricular activities where full distancing cannot be maintained.
  • Reinforce mitigation strategies among school communities.
    1. Review of COVID-19 preparedness plan and compliance for school setting, associated activities.
    2. Limit gatherings outside of household.

MDH Recommendations for Gyms, Fitness Centers, and Pools

  • Strict active screening for symptoms or recent exposure to COVID-19 for employees or other staff.
  • Strict adherence to masking.
  • Pause group classes.
  • Review of COVID-19 preparedness plan and compliance.
  • Consider not attending if at high risk for severe disease.

How does the pause impact City services?

The only area of services provided by the City of Victoria that is impacted by the pause are those provided at the Victoria Recreation Center. The Victoria Recreation Center is still open for use, specifically the fitness center, open gym, open pickleball, and the walking track. To create a safe environment for use, appointments are required, capacity is limited, and the strict masking policy remains in place. Several items are impacted though, including:

  • Ice Arena: The ice arena is closed during the pause, with the exception of varsity hockey. The Ice Arena is operated by the Eastern Carver County School District and they have implemented mitigation measures and spectator restrictions for varsity hockey.
  • Open Skate: Open skate at the ice area will not be offered until further notice.
  • Lessons: The Stars Tennis lessons are cancelled for March 9. A partial refund will be issued.
  • Fitness Classes: All fitness classes will be held virtually.

How does the pause impact the community?

The Council and staff at the City of Victoria understand that the group of people most impacted by this pause are the younger members of the community. By complying with the pause and supporting the compliance of the pause by the Eastern Carver County School District, the City hopes that the community can keep these younger members safe.

What can the community do to stop the spread of the variant?

With safety measures followed by all in the community, the spread of the B117 variant of COVID-19 can be prevented. When you go out, make sure to wear a mask, wash your hands, stay at least 6 feet away from others not in your household, and stay home if you feel sick. 

Family members with school-age children that attend school, sports, or activities in person should get tested for COVID-19 every 2 weeks. There is a new temporary COVID-19 testing site at the Chanhassen Recreation Center for March 11–13 and March 18–20.

No-barrier testing with no cost to community members is available at COVID-19 community testing sites.


3/9/2021 Victoria Recreation Center Update

On Friday, March 5, 2021, the Minnesota Department of Health published a press release calling for a two-week pause of in-person fitness classes and youth sports beginning March 8 through March 21, 2021.  Here is what you need to know:  

The Victoria Recreation Center is open for use of the fitness center, open gym, open pickleball and the walking track.  Appointments are required and capacity is limited.

  • The ice arenas are operated by Eastern Carver County School District and are closed during the pause, except for varsity hockey (mitigation measures and spectator restrictions will be in place, per the Eastern Caver County Schools).
  • Open skate will not be offered.
  • Stars Tennis lesson cancelled on March 9. A partial refund will be issued.
  • All fitness classes will be held virtually.
  • Strict masking policy remains in place.


2/19/2021 City Hall Update

The City of Victoria is extending the current COVID-19 response plan to the end of March 2021. The City will continue to provide City Hall and public works services via phone, online, or by appointment only.

  • Utility bill payments, building permit applications, public meeting agendas and video, and more are available 24/7 at www.ci.victoria.mn.us.
  • City employees are available via phone, online, or by appointment during regular business hours, Monday–Friday, 8:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
  • Contact our main line at 952-443-4210 for general questions.
  • During this time, we will continue to provide our vital and basic city services, including:
    • clean drinking water, flushing toilets, emergency route snowplowing, and public safety response
    • building inspection services
    • sprinkler and fire alarm inspections
    • essential water and sewer repairs (non-essential repairs will be postponed)
    • limited in-person services at City Hall. Currently, that includes accepting deliveries and allowing contractors to pick up water meters by appointment only.

City Council meetings will be held in person in Council Chambers at City Hall. Our community can continue to view public meetings through a live stream on our YouTube channel or on cable at Mediacom Channel 8. Learn more about how you can stay informed or participate in the meetings on our Meetings & Agenda Portal.


1/19/2021 City Hall Update

The City of Victoria is extending the current COVID-19 response plan to the end of February 2021. The City will continue to provide city hall and public works services via phone, online, or by appointment only.

  • Utility bill payments, building permit applications, public meeting agendas and video, and more are available 24/7 at www.ci.victoria.mn.us.
  • City employees are available via phone, online, or by appointment during regular business hours, Monday–Friday, 8:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
  • Contact our main line at 952-443-4210 for general questions.
  • During this time, we will continue to provide our vital and basic city services, including:
    • clean drinking water, flushing toilets, emergency route snowplowing, and public safety response
    • building inspection services
    • sprinkler and fire alarm inspections
    • essential water and sewer repairs (non-essential repairs will be postponed)
    • limited in-person services at City Hall. Currently, that includes accepting deliveries and allowing contractors to pick up water meters by appointment only.

City Council meetings will be held in person in Council Chambers at City Hall. Our community can continue to view public meetings through a live stream on our YouTube channel or on cable at Mediacom Channel 8. Learn more about how you can stay informed or participate in the meetings on our Meetings & Agenda Portal.

12/18/2020 City Hall Update

With the latest updates to the Executive Order in Minnesota, the City of Victoria will continue to follow our current plan until the end of January 2021 with the exception of the partial opening of the Victoria Recreation Center (see below) and City Council meetings will meet in person.

12/17/2020 Victoria Recreation Center Update

The Victoria Recreation Center will open on Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020 with the following changes.

Dates and Hours of Operation

Hours of Operation through Jan. 3, 2021

  • Monday–Friday:  5 a.m.–10 p.m.
  • Saturday–Sunday: 6 a.m.–6 p.m.

Hours of Operation Beginning Jan. 4, 2021 

  • Monday–Friday:  5 a.m.–10 p.m.
  • Saturday–Sunday: 6 a.m.–10 p.m.

Please note that the Recreation Center will close for public holidays on Dec. 24, Dec. 25, Dec. 31 (at noon), 2020 and Jan. 1, 2021.

Appointments

Members and guests will be required to sign up for a 45-minute time slot to use the facilities. These time slots are available to members and guests at https://victoriareccenter.as.me/.

Members and guests will have 45 minutes to use the assigned facility and will be asked to leave after the appointment time is over. The facility will then close for a 15-minute cleaning.

Members and guests must always wear masks and maintain 12 feet of distance between one another while inside the Recreation Center.

Memberships

All memberships will be reactivated beginning on Saturday, Dec. 19. This includes Direct Debit and Annual memberships. 

Maximum Capacity 

  • Gymnasium: 10 guests
  • Fitness Center: 20 guests
  • Walking Track: 10 guests 
  • Open Skate: 10 guests

If a space is not at maximum capacity, a member or guest will be allowed to walk in and use that space. The Front Desk staff will monitor the capacity of each space and make sure capacity is not exceeded. 

Fitness Classes

Fitness classes will continue to occur virtually through at least the end of the year. Please check the City website for more details. Open Pickleball and Drop-In Day Care will not be offered until further notice.

Safety Measures

We are following guidelines established by the Centers for Disease Control and the Minnesota Department of Health on reopening exercise facilities, and per Governor Walz’s executive orders.

The City will continue with steps that have been implemented to keep staff, guests and members safe. The plan includes reducing contact between members and staff; providing personal protective equipment to staff; placing safety signage throughout the building; implementing additional equipment and facility cleanings; reducing the amount of equipment within the building; and limiting access to locker rooms, drinking fountains and restrooms. 

To see the City of Victoria COVID-19 Re-Opening Plan Policies and Procedures, visit the City of Victoria’s COVID-19 Response page or contact the Recreation Center at 942-443-4255.

11/20/2020 Update

Governor Tim Walz has announced a new executive order effective on Friday, Nov. 20, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. to limit the spread of COVID-19 across the state of Minnesota. In accordance with the order, we are making several changes to our services and amenities. Many of our services will continue uninterrupted, just as they have been for the last 7 months. Over that time, we have instituted a number of safety precautions that allow us to continue to serve our community in a safe and efficient manner.

Thank you for your support as we make adjustments to ensure a safe Victoria for our community.

City Hall Updates
Effective at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 20, 2020, city hall will be closed to the public until at least Dec. 31, 2020 with limited exceptions.

City Services Remain Available
We will continue to provide city hall and public works services via phone, online, or by appointment only.

  • Utility bill payments, building permit applications, public meeting agendas and video, and more are available 24/7 at www.ci.victoria.mn.us.
  • City employees are available via phone, online, or by appointment during regular business hours, Monday–Friday, 8:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
  • Contact our main line at 952-443-4210 for general questions.
  • During this time, we will continue to provide many of our vital and basic city services, including:
    • clean drinking water, flushing toilets, emergency route snowplowing, and public safety response
    • building inspection services
    • sprinkler and fire alarm inspections
    • essential water and sewer repairs (non-essential repairs will be postponed)
    • limited in-person services at city hall. Currently, that includes accepting deliveries and allowing contractors to pick up water meters by appointment only.

Virtual City Council & Committee Meetings
City Council, Planning Commission, Park & Recreation Committee, and Lakes & Water Quality Committee meetings will move to a virtual meeting format. Our community can continue to view virtual public meetings through a live stream on our YouTube channel or on cable at Mediacom Channel 8. Learn more about how you can stay informed or participate in the meetings on our Meetings & Agenda Portal.

Victoria Recreation Center
The Victoria Recreation Center will be closed beginning at 10 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 20, 2020. Staff are preparing to reopen on Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020 at 6 a.m. unless the executive order is extended.

  • All amenities at the recreation center will be unavailable until it reopens. 
  • All group fitness classes and relevant programs will go to a virtual format.
  • Appointments at the recreation center have been cancelled. 
  • Updates about memberships will be sent to members soon.

More information will be made available via the Victoria Parks & Recreation website.

Support Victoria
Please remember to support our local businesses in safe ways over the next few weeks.

Information Updates
We will continue to keep you updated as more information becomes available. Our website and Facebook page are another great way to receive updates and announcements during this time.

Thank You
We would like to take a moment to thank you for your continued patience during this time. We have seen how the community of Victoria has safely come together to support and uplift each other over the last few months, and we look forward to seeing that spirit continue into the holiday season.