With COVID cases and spread stabilizing after the surge late last year, and the change in the state order coming next week, the city of Winona has reopened some facilities and is planning to re-open others in accordance with state regulations and strict COVID safety protocol, including mask-wearing and physical distancing.
Here are updates on the city’s facilities:
Outdoor rinks: Outdoor skating rinks are open in Knopp Valley, Valley Oaks, Tillman (has boards), Jay Bee Drive, and Wincrest parks. Their readiness is directly related to the weather; any stretch of warmer days could mean short-term closures.
Lake Lodge: Due to the mild winter, the ice on East Lake Winona just reached the minimum depth of 4 inches for safety in early January. The city is now planning to open Lake Lodge and the adjacent outdoor rink for skating, and is exploring options for outdoor skate pickup and rentals. Plans will be announced as soon as they’re finalized and can change depending on weather.
Library: Curbside pickup has been moved into the vestibule to keep customers warm. The book drop is now open 24/7 for returns. The library continues to offer non-contact pickup and drop-off of all materials, and a range of virtual programming for youth and adults on its website and streaming on its Facebook page: winona.lib.mn.us, and facebook.com/WinonaPublicLibrary. Beginning on Tuesday, Jan. 19, patrons can again schedule a 45-minute computer session on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. or Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2-5 p.m. For more info or to schedule a session, call 507-452-4860.
Friendship Center: The Friendship Center plans to resume limited in-person programming and fitness center use starting next week, due to the relaxing of the state order. The center continues to offer virtual programming via Zoom. The center is communicating updates with its members, and more information on programming can be found at cityofwinona.com/226/Newsletter or by calling 507-454-5212.
Bud King Ice Arena: The arena opened in December for practices and programming. Masks are required for all participants, per state order, with a zero-tolerance policy in effect. Youth programming started in early January.
East End Rec: The city continues to plan for a January opening date for the East End Rec, including a return to adult programming. The city will be in communication with leagues and teams with updates.
City hall: City hall continues to be open to the public by appointment only. All departments are open and functioning normally. Contact info for department and city staff can be found by visiting www.cityofwinona.com, or by calling the city’s general line at 507-457-8234 to be directed to the right person.
Visit cityofwinona.com and facebook.com/cityofwinonacovid19 for regular updates on the city’s response to COVID-19.