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COVID19 update at Dakota City
COVID19 update at Dakota City

Dakota City Heritage Village values its staff, volunteers and visitors to the village.This has been an unusual year for businesses and people to make adjustments in their lives to cope with the Covid19 pandemic.

Our hands-on interactive learning structure to our tours and programs in our mostly small, historical buildings is incompatible with the requirements of the COVID19 Preparedness Plan outlined by the governor for businesses to return to work. If we try to move out of the buildings, keep distance from everyone, take away the hands-on activities and use more virtual learning, we take away the essence of our unique tours and events. It is for these reasons, with great reluctance and sadness, that Dakota City Heritage Village has made the difficult decision to cancel our fall tours. We will miss seeing you. We know it is so very disappointing, but we are hoping next year will be better.

Dakota City is planning a fall event October 16 and 17, and a winter event December 5, 6, 12 and 13. These will be Drive-Through only, modified events from our Autumn Harvest and Christmas In The Village events. Please check back on our website for updates.

For everyone’s health safety, only office staff are allowed in Ahlberg Hall at this time. Staff can be reached by phone (651-460-8050, leave a message) or by email (, Like and follow us on Facebook or check back here as updates become available. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this uncertain time. We hope to see you all at a later, safer time.

Preparedness Plan

Dakota City Heritage Village, Inc. COVID-19 Preparedness Plan Dakota City Heritage Village, Inc. is committed to providing a safe and healthy site for all our workers/volunteers and guests. To ensure DCHV has as safe and healthy site, we have developed the following COVID-19 Preparedness Plan in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. All Dakota City Heritage Village staff/volunteers are responsible to implement the plan. Our goals is to mitigate the potential for transmission of the COVID-19 in the museum, village site and communities, and that requires the cooperation among our staff/volunteers, vendors and guests. Only through this cooperative effort can we establish and maintain the safety and health of all persons our work area and event sites. Staff/volunteers are encouraged to ask questions, raise safety and health concerns and other suggestions as related to this plan and its implementation. Event planners and staff/volunteers are responsible for implementing and complying with all aspects of to this COVID-19 Preparedness Plan. Our staff/volunteers are our most important assets. We are serious about the safety and health, and keeping our staff/volunteers involved in the activities of Dakota City Heritage Village. Involvement is essential in developing and implementing a successful COVID-19 Preparedness Plan. Our Preparedness Plan following the State of Minnesota Guidance for our organization, Centers for Disease Control, and Prevention (CDC) Guidelines, federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards related to the safety and health precautions required in response to COVID-19 and applicable executive orders. The plan addresses the following: 1. Policies and procedures that assist in the identification of sick staff/volunteers and ensure sick staff/volunteers stay home; 2. Implementation of engineering and administrative controls for social distancing; 3. Worker hygiene and source controls; 4. Workplace building and ventilation protocols; 5. Workplace cleaning and disinfecting protocols; 6. Drop-off, pick-up, and delivery practices and protocols; 7. Communications, training, and supervision practices and protocols. 8. What customers and clients can do to minimize transmission; 9. Additional protections and protocols for receiving and exchanging payment; 10. Additional protections and protocols for managing occupancy; 11. Additional protections and protocols to limit face-to-face interactions; and 12. Additional protection and protocols for distancing and barriers. 1. Health/Policies and procedures that assist in the identification of sick staff/volunteers and ensure sick staff/volunteers stay home: All staff/volunteers need to self-monitor for Covid19 symptoms. If symptoms are observed at home, staff/volunteers should notify their supervisor, event coordinator, or office manager as soon as possible and stay home. Once at work, if the above symptoms are observed, the staff/volunteer should report to their supervisor, or the event coordinator, or the office manager and go home. If unable to go home, they should go to a safe place until arrangements can be made to be sent home safely. 2. Social Distancing A social distance of 6 feet will be kept between staff, volunteers, and others at the event. Event protocols for ticket sales will include purchasing tickets by electronic means, presale and no contact ticket exchange at the gate. 3. Hygiene and source controls Staff/volunteer hygiene and source controls are being implemented for events at all times. Staff/volunteers will wear face masks at all times during the event. Hand sanitizer will be available at check-in, ticketing locations, and throughout the event site. Staff/volunteers should arrive in clean costume or event clothing, as well as a clean mask if using their own. A new clean disposable mask will be provided if the volunteer does not have one. 4. Event site and building ventilation protocols Event will be held outdoors. For any buildings that might be used by volunteers, windows can be opened to allow air circulation, as well as the main door when volunteers enter and exit. No buildings will be open to the public. 5. Event and work site cleaning and disinfection protocols Areas used inside for the event will have routine cleaning and disinfecting done. High touch surface areas will be sanitized frequently. All staff/volunteers have been instructed not to share tools and equipment, and if shared must be sanitized between users. 6. Drop-off, pick-up and delivery practices and protocols Event drop-offs, pick-ups and deliveries will be scheduled to create social distancing between people making them and the staff/volunteers. 7. Communications, training, and supervision practices and protocols This Covid19 Preparedness Plan will be shared with staff and volunteers prior to the event by electronic means or other contactless means. The event organizer or appointed staff will contact each volunteer by phone prior to the event to be sure all information is clear and all questions are answered. A copy of this plan will be displayed in the kiosk by the general store, at the entrance to the event and in the church for the volunteer check-in. A copy of this plan can also be requested from the office. The event organizer or other supervisor will conduct routine inspections of demonstration sites, and monitor how effective the plan is working. 8. What guests can do to minimize transmission of Covid19 It is recommended that all guests self-check for symptoms prior to attending the event. If experiencing any symptoms, they are encouraged to stay home. This will be communicated by electronic and other contactless means such as social media and postings at the event site. 9. Additional protections and protocols for receiving and exchanging payment Any ticketing or free items passed out will be done as safely and with as much of a contactless process as possible. 10. Additional protections and protocols for managing occupancy Cars driving through the event will be spaced 6 feet apart and encouraged to keep this distance throughout the entire trip around the village. No one will get out of their vehicle and all vehicles will keep moving throughout the village. 11. Additional protections and protocols for distancing and barriers Face-to-face interaction will be discouraged by using other options such as side-by-side or behind the other person as much as possible. Incorporating barriers, screening and curtains will be done wherever possible. Services that involve a face-to-face interaction will be evaluated to determine if they can be done in an alternate way that is safer. Services should be declined if adequate protective measures cannot be implemented.