Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Information and Resources as it relates to the Greater Mankato Region

For Our visitors

The safety of our visitors and community members is of utmost importance and we are closely monitoring our public and healthcare announcements for the latest safety measures to be prepared and proactive in regard to the Coronavirus (COVID-19). We also want to do what we can to support our local businesses to ensure our community continues to thrive. Our hotels, restaurants, event venues, and attractions, are doing their part by taking numerous steps to ensure the cleanliness of their properties. Some of the additional actions being taken include increased cleaning and disinfecting, enhanced hand sanitizer stations, ongoing education awareness of staff, and more.

In this rapidly changing public health emergency, we will continue to update this site as we receive information. Be sure to stay informed if you are planning to travel to the Mankato area. Below are resources for where Mankato visitors can get the latest information.  

We encourage everyone to follow the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for everyday actions or traveler information to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses and the Minnesota Department of Health, which is leading the state and city preparedness and information dissemination.

If you or a family member are in Mankato and experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, for the safety of the public and medical providers, CALL FIRST before visiting express care clinics. The Mankato Hotline for COVID-19 Screening is 507-389-8548.


Local Screening Line: 507-389-8548

Questions about COVID-19?
651-201-3920 or 1-800-657-3903
7 am to 7 pm

Additional Local Medical Resources:


Hospitality and Entertainment Businesses:

Governor Tim Walz announced on May 13, 2020 a series of new executive orders and future actions that would:

  1. End the Stay at Home Order as of May 18, replacing it with a Stay Safe Order. Gatherings up to 10 people will be permitted.
  2. Will allow all retailers to open to in store customers at reduced capacity effective May 18.
  3.  Allow restaurants, salons, fitness centers, and other entertainment venues etc. to open June 1 under restrictions to be announced on May 20.
  4. Protect workers from unsafe working conditions and retaliation.

Stay at Home now Stay Safe

Governor Walz issued Executive Order 20-56 “Safely Reopening Minnesota’s Economy and Ensuring Safe Non-Work Activities during the COVID-19 Peacetime Emergency.” In general, the order:

  1. Encourages all Minnesotans to wear masks in public.
  2. Encourages all Minnesotans in at-risk populations to stay home.
  3. Permits gatherings of up to 10 people (gatherings for commercial business activity are not capped).
  4. Requires employers to continue to allow work from home wherever possible.
  5. Continues the closure/limitations on bars, restaurants, salons, fitness centers and other public accommodations set forth in Executive Order 20-04, as amended by Executive Orders 20-08 and 20-18, until May 31, 2020 at 11:59 pm. Additional guidance will be forthcoming on May 20 which would allow those establishments to open June 1.
  6. All businesses not subject to the previous bullet for a June 1 opening are permitted to open May 18, provided they implement a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan. More info on those plans here.
  7. Customer facing businesses that are newly allowed to open are subject to additional restrictions including ensuring physical distancing of 6ft between customers and employees and that store occupancy must not exceed 50 percent of the normal occupant capacity. Guidance for customer facing businesses is available here.
  8. Encourages public outdoor recreational facilities be open for families and
    children in accordance with DNR Outdoor Recreation Protocols. A full list of permitted activities is available in the executive order paragraph 8.
Find Out Who Is Open and What They Are Offering 

Event Related:

There have been a lot of event cancellations and postponements due to the COVID-19 pandemic. To check the status of events (i.e. cancellation, postponement, etc.) stay informed on the most up to date event information. A key source is

Visitor Center Operations:

The Visitor Center is closed to the public with most of the work being done remotely to ensure the health and safety of our staff.  To speak to someone directly, call 507.385.6640.

Visitor information can currently be obtained through the building lobby Sunday – Saturday From 8am – 5pm as well as online.  

Thank Goodness for open spaces

Like the state of Minnesota, Mankato is full of opportunities for outdoor adventures and activities. Getting fresh air and exercise is important to our health and well-being. Thankfully our open spaces are still ‘open for business’. If you take advantage of these amenities, please continue to follow personal hygiene and social distancing recommendations. 

Minnesota State Park Operations Recommendations for COVID-19

Minnesota State Parks and Trails remain open to the public, but park visitor centers, contact stations and other ancillary buildings are closed until further notice.

With contact stations closed, visitors can purchase passes through the self-pay and informational kiosks located at each facility. Visitors are also encouraged to purchase daily and annual park passes through the online portal before they visit.

The DNR also is encouraging the public to use social distancing options for doing business with the agency, such as buying or renewing licenses online, calling rather than stopping by your local DNR office, using online or telephone reservation systems, and using email or phone to request information from the DNR’s Information Center.

Contact the DNR Information Center at 651-296-6157 or 888-MINNDNR (646-6367) or email the center at for more information.

Like most destinations around the country, Visit Mankato is not running paid advertisements or promotions for the destination. We will continue to evaluate our promotional plan for the rest of the year as we navigate the current situation. Public safety is of utmost importance during these uncertain and unprecedented times for the travel and tourism industry. We do anticipate once we are on the other end of this pandemic pent up demand for travel will surge and we will be ready to showcase our community to eager travelers. In the meantime, we are working to keep Greater Mankato in the minds and hearts of everyone through social media, our website, informational materials and other non-paid means. Our primary focus is keeping our local business community as strong as possible so that we are able to swing back into full motion when the world is ready to travel again.

Keep In Touch:

What are you doing to keep your doors open? – Share your details are doing the “Greater Mankato Area Take Out, Delivery & Business Options Facebook Group and use the hashtag #KatoSupportLocal

Keep your business listing changes up to date –  During this time of unforeseen cancellations, postponements and business operations alterations in response to COVID-19, help communicate these changes to the public by updating your listings on:

Local Business Impact Survey
Share information on how your business is responding to COVID-19 by filling out the brief survey. We will compile results and share general information in the coming days.

Visit Mankato and Greater Mankato Growth wants to hear from you. To share information, please email us at any time.

Resources for Travel, Tourism, Hospitality related businesses specific to COVID-19:

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