Covid 19 Q&A


Updated 3/13/21
The New Hope Parks and Recreation Department is actively monitoring the outbreak of the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19).  The health, safety and well-being of our residents, participants, families and staff is of utmost importance, and we are keeping that in the forefront of our decisions on programming and facility use.  See below for further information.

1. Face Coverings Required.

Per Executive Order 20-81, a face covering is required for anyone entering any New Hope facility. Signs will be posted at the front door of each building stating that face coverings are required. For specific recreation programs, a detailed COVID-19 Preparedness Plan, which also includes face covering guidelines, will be sent to participants before a program starts. Children under age 2 years must not wear face coverings. Children between the ages of 2 and 5 years old are not required to wear face coverings, but are encouraged to wear a face covering when in public if they can do so reliably in compliance with CDC guidance.


2. Are parks, trails, playgrounds and open spaces open to the public during the COVID-19 outbreak?

Yes, City parks, trails, and playgrounds are open at this time.  Parks, trails and open spaces remain open for activities that practice social distancing, including walking, jogging, and bicycling. Users are recommended to take precautions as playgrounds and shared surfaces are not sanitized, and follow all social distancing and additional guidelines set forth by the executive order. Use of face coverings is encouraged.

3. Is the Ice Arena open?

Yes. Face coverings required. No spectators allowed for practices, with the exception of one parent for U8 and under. Spectators allowed for games (youth and high school), three spectators per player, no more than 250 spectators allowed in building at one time. Siblings allowed, but must remain with parent at all times. All spectators must be pre-registered with the group renting the ice time. Skating School participants under age 10 are allowed one parent. The indoor walking track is open to adults Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.   

4. Are the Community Gyms open?
Yes. Face coverings required. No spectators allowed for youth practices, with the exception of one parent for youth 8 and under. For youth games, two spectators are allowed per player, with no more than 150 spectators allowed in the building at one time. All spectators must be pre-registered with the group renting the gym time. Spectators for adult activities are not allowed.

5. Picnic Shelter Reservations.
Currently taking reservations for Summer 2021. COVID guidelines will be monitored.

6. Will the new Aquatic Park be open this summer?
At this time, staff is planning for a June 2021 opening.

7. Are Programs and Classes being held?
Yes. In-person programming, virtual programs and activity packs continue to be offered. With the exception of some specific gymnastics activities, everyone is expected to wear a face covering and practice social distancing. Spectators are not allowed for most programs. For specific program information, talk to on-site instructors or call the Parks and Recreation office.

8. What meetings and events have been cancelled?
City Hall is open to the public. For information on upcoming meetings, please visit the city website at

9. How can I stay informed about City actions?
Updates from the City of New Hope will be posted on the City website. Sign up for email updates through to stay informed.