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.
Hospitality and Entertainment Businesses:
March 16, 2020: In the interest of public health and limiting the spread of COVID-19/Coronavirus Minnesota Governor Walz announced an Executive Order, beginning March 17 at 5 pm, and continuing until March 27 at 5 pm., the following places of public accommodation are closed to members of the public:
Places of public accommodation are encouraged to offer food and beverage using delivery service, window service, walk-up service, drive-through service, or drive-up service, and to use precautions in doing so to mitigate the potential transmission of COVID-19, including social distancing. In offering food or beverage, a place of public accommodation subject to this section may permit up to five members of the public at one time in the place of public accommodation for the purpose of picking up their food or beverage orders, so long as those individuals are at least 6 feet apart from one another while on premises.
March 13, 2020: Governor Walz Declares Peacetime Emergency, including:
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 greatermankatoevents.com.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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: