(FOX 9) - Businesses and venues across Minnesota are responding to COVID-19 concerns, with several spaces closing to the public, postponing events or canceling them altogether.
Governor Tim Walz declared a peacetime state of emergency Friday and urged people to cancel large gatherings and practice social distancing as the number of confirmed cases of coronavirus continues to rise.
Grocery stores and chain stores like Target and Walmart remain open, though some have changed their hours, and many have designated a specific hour exclusively for more vulnerable shoppers such as the elderly and those with serious health problems.
The Mall of America is also closed until at least March 31.
While other malls remain open, stores like Nordstrom and Macy's are closed.
It was recommended that event organizers cancel or postpone gatherings with 50 or more people. Several concerts, conferences, professional and amateur performances or sporting events have also been canceled. Event organizers are also urged to cancel or postpone smaller events held in settings that do not allow social distancing of 6 feet per person.
CONCERT VENUES, THEATERS
First Avenue postponed all concerts this month at its downtown space along with 7th Street Entry, Turf Club, Fine Line, The Fitzgerald Theater, and the Palace Theatre. Check their website for more information.
Xcel Energy Center concerts have also been postponed.
All movie theatres are closed, per the governor's order.
All Hennepin Theatre Trust establishments are also closed.
The Science Museum of Museum announced they are closed to the public for the time being. The Minnesota Historical Society also closed sites for the rest of March. That includes areas like Ft. Snelling, the Mill City Museum, James J. Hill House, and the Minnesota History Center. Those closures will last at least until March 31.
Como Park Zoo & Conservatory is also closed, as well as the Minnesota Zoo.
Many libraries are also remaining open but cancelling programs, events, classes, and other outreach services. Check with your local libraries and businesses for changes.