COVID-19 Policy

Neighborhood House and COVID-19

While the COVID-19 virus has changed so much about the way we live our lives, it hasn’t changed one thing: Neighborhood House’s deep commitment to families and the community who look to us for help during difficult times.

At Neighborhood House we take COVID-19 and the health of everyone who walks through our doors very seriously. We promise to do our part in taking efforts to create a safe and healthy workplace by following local health and safety guidelines and recommendations from the Minnesota Department and Health and other local health organizations/agencies.

Mask mandate

Effective March 21, 2022 – Due to declining infection rates of the COVID-19 virus, both the City of Saint Paul and the State of Minnesota have lifted their mask mandates and the CDC has moved from a mandate to a recommendation regarding masks.

Due to unknown vaccine or health status of participants and visitors, as well as the close contact required in certain working situations within our walls, masks and face coverings will continue to be required in the following programming areas and situations:

  • Parent and Early Childhood Education (PECE) Programing areas at the Wellstone Center and at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church
  • Food Markets at the Wellstone Center and at Francis Basket/Sibley Manor
  • Classrooms at the Wellstone Center
  • The Celita Center and other spaces used for Neighborhood House Youth Programming
  • At school sites as required by Saint Paul Public Schools
  • In situations of face to face contact (note: that masks may be removed if all parties actively consent).

Masks and face coverings will no longer be required in common spaces, meeting rooms, event spaces, restrooms. Please note: 6-foot social distancing and limited contact time recommendations still apply.

*This policy revision is subject to continued low infection rates. If infection rates climb or other safety considerations change, this policy will be revised to provide the greatest level of safety possible.

Vaccine clinic

Neighborhood House no longer has a vaccine clinic on Wednesdays.


The lobby at the Wellstone Center is open for individuals and families to enter through, however it is not to be used as a waiting area at the moment. We will be having a full lobby reopening at a later date, which will be announced soon.

Food markets

Our Wellstone Center food market is currently operating under an appointment only model and our Francis Basket food market is operating under a curbside model only at this point in time. Please visit our Food Market webpage for more details.


In the event of a COVID-19 infection, all staff, interns, and volunteers are to be quarantined and other staff will be advised of the exposure that has been in close contact with the person infected.

Support Neighborhood House COVID-19 response efforts

COVID-19 has affected so many families and continues to have economic impacts which continues to put strain on more individuals and families and creates an even greater need for the full-range of services we provide. You can support our work by making a gift today to Neighborhood House.

All of us at Neighborhood House are so very grateful for everyone who enters through our doors. Your participation in our programs, your contributions, and your collaboration make life just a bit brighter for others. We do not take that for granted and hope that in the very near future, we will be able to see this as another time that we worked together to make lives better.