COVID testing site in Minneapolis will temporarily move as boat show moves in

The Minneapolis Convention Center (MCC) COVID-19 Community Testing Site is moving for the coming week only to US Bank Stadium.

The announcement was made last week by the Minnesota Department of Health, which says the MCC site will be closed Jan. 17-21 and will instead operate from the Vikings’ home, where it will be open between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. h. pm

The move comes at the height of the omicron spike in COVID cases in the Twin Cities and Minnesota, and it comes as the Minneapolis Convention Center prepares to be taken over by the Progressive Insurance Minneapolis Boat Show, which returns after being canceled in 2021.

Organizers are preparing for the exhibition in advance, holding a preview for guests on Wednesday, before it opens to the public between January 20 and 23, with tens of thousands of visitors expected.

Because the event is ticketed, it will not fall under Minneapolis’ new rules requiring proof of vaccination or a negative test to be presented for entry anywhere food and drink is served. This requirement for paid events does not come into effect until January 26.

As the boat show’s website states: “Vaccination or testing requirements will come into effect on January 26 for ticketed events and will not impact the 2022 boat show.”

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However, those present will be required to wear face masks.

MCC released a statement on its Facebook page in support of the boat show, saying it “has been contracted to be at MCC for many months and is a long-time annual customer serving our community.”

“Our team works with each client to establish and provide the best health and safety protocols for each event,” he added.

The US Bank Stadium testing site will offer saliva PCR and nasal swab rapid antigen testing for walk-ins and appointments. You can book a COVID-19 test at a Minnesota community testing site here.

Free parking will be available at the Mills Fleet Farm car park.

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