Coronavirus: Edina bans group play after large gatherings seen despite 'Stay at Home' order

The city says some residents and visitors aren't complying with social distancing.
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Edina has taken the extra step of banning "group play" after several large gatherings were seen in the city despite Gov. Tim Walz's "Stay at Home" order in response to COVID-19.

The southwest metro city says that the order effective at 8 a.m. Monday affects group activities that are "not in compliance with obvious physical and social distancing," which includes basketball, soccer and other non-individual sports.

"We had hoped we would see 100 percent compliance by residents and visitors with the Governor’s ‘Stay at Home’ order," said City Manager Scott Neal.

"However, this weekend, we have continued to receive many complaints and reports of large group gatherings, close-contact ball games and lack of social distancing.

"This is not optional. Failure of Minnesotans to comply with this order will result in the metro area reaching peak caseload sooner than medical facilities are able to handle. We all need to do our part."

Gov. Walz's "Stay at Home" order is effective until Friday, Apr. 10, and can carry fines of up to $1,000 or 90 days in jail for those who violate the restrictions.

"The city will continue to try and educate people before police issue tickets for the misdemeanor," the city said.

There have been concerns raised about large gatherings continuing in other states where COVID-19 is spreading, with Florida in particular under scrutiny after pictures showed busy beaches in parts of the state.

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