Open Streets Minneapolis during COVID-19

Open Streets Minneapolis plans to return for the 10th consecutive year and is pleased to announce four Open Streets Minneapolis event dates, with three more events planned to take place at dates that are yet to be determined.

Person drawing a crosswalk in chalk at an Open Streets MPLS event
Brigid Higgins creating chalk art at Open Streets Northeast. 

The COVID-19 pandemic presents an unprecedented challenge to Open Streets Minneapolis including not knowing if and when we can gather for large public events. As Our Streets Minneapolis plans the 2020 Open Streets Minneapolis season we are committed to making data-driven decisions about each event using the most up-to-date information available.

With the information currently available, that means continuing to plan for the 2020 Open Streets season with two major changes:

Preparing to cancel any Open Streets if necessary

The health of our community is our top priority. Open Streets Minneapolis events will comply with guidance from public health experts and will be cancelled if the available information suggests large gatherings pose a significant public health risk. 

Open Streets will not occur in June

In April, Our Streets Minneapolis and the City of Minneapolis decided not to host Open Streets Lyndale and Open Streets Minnehaha on their originally scheduled June dates. This was because the data at the time suggested these events would pose a significant public health risk. We are currently exploring the possibility of moving both of these routes to October.

As Our Streets Minneapolis plans events after June 2020 we are working with our partners at the City to make decisions about whether it is safe to host each Open Streets Minneapolis event. We will decide whether to hold each event at least eight weeks ahead of the event date. This timeline gives us the most flexibility to adapt to new information. At that time, we will communicate with our partners and the public through our social media, website, and e-mail newsletter.

In a time of social distancing and economic uncertainty, these events have the potential to be powerful spaces for community healing. We will continue to make the best decisions we can to increase the chances Open Streets can happen without compromising the health of our community.

 

2020 Open Streets Minneapolis events


Open Streets West Broadway: Saturday, September 12th

Open Streets Nicollet: Sunday, September 20th

Open Streets Lyndale: date to be determined

Open Streets Minnehaha: date to be determined

Open Streets Franklin: CANCELED

Open Streets East Lake: CANCELED

Open Streets Northeast: CANCELED

 

Thanks for your patience and understanding as we navigate this uncertainty. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

 

Open Streets Minneapolis is part of a global movement to make streets places that put people first. During these free, family-friendly events local nonprofit Our Streets Minneapolis partners with the City of Minneapolis to temporarily close major thoroughfares to car traffic, opening them to people biking, walking, rolling, and connecting with neighbors and local businesses.

Open Streets Minneapolis events help us experience streets as public spaces where communities thrive. These events spark transformative changes in how people think about streets.

Open Streets Minneapolis is a City of Minneapolis event, hosted by Our Streets Minneapolis. Open Streets Minneapolis is sponsored by the Center for Prevention at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, AllinaHealth | Aetna, Lyft, All Energy Solar, Xcel Energy, and 36LYN Refuel Station. Open Streets West Broadway is hosted locally by the West Broadway Business and Area Coalition.