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  • COVID-19 Business/State/Government Resources 


    The Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce has created this webpage as a resource to help serve our business, non-profit, and community partners with news and information about COVID-19. This page will be updated on a regular basis.


  • Latest Executive Order from Governor Tim Walz 

    On Friday, March 12, 2021, Governor Tim Walz announced a dial back on COVID-19 restrictions for businesses and social gatherings starting on Monday, March 15, 2021, at 12:00 PM. Some highlights of these new regulations are:

    • Social gatherings: Up to 50 people outdoors or 15 people for indoor gatherings, both without household limits.
    • Youth sports: Pod size increasing to 50 for outdoor activities.
    • Religious services: Remove occupancy limit, but social distancing required.
    • Celebrations: Follow venue guidance.
    • Bars and restaurants: Increasing allowable occupancy to 75%, up from 50%, with a limit of 250 people. The limits apply separately indoors and outdoors. Bar seating increases to parties of 4.
    • Salons/barbers: Removing the occupancy limit, but social distancing required.
    • Gyms/fitness centers/pools: Increasing allowable occupancy to 50%, up from 25%. Outdoor classes can increase to 50 people.
    • Entertainment venues: Increasing allowable occupancy to 50%, up from 25%, both indoors and outdoors, with a limit of 250.
    • Seated outdoor venues can add an additional 25% of their capacity over 500, with a limit of 10,000 people.
    • Non-seated outdoor venues can add an additional 15% of their capacity over 500, with a limit of 10,000 people.
    • Seated indoor venues can add an additional 15% of their capacity over 500, with a limit of 3,000 people.
    • Non-seated indoor venues can add an additional 10% of their capacity over 500, with a limit of 1,500 people.

    Get a fully detailed report on all of the new dialed back COVID-19 restrictions and regulations HERE.


    Minnesota Vaccination Information

    As part of the State of Minnesota's efforts to be informative and transparent about the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine, the Minnesota COVID-19 response team has developed an online dashboard with the latest information about the distribution of the vaccine.
    The State of Minnesota is committed to the equitable distribution of a safe, FDA-approved vaccine for protection against COVID-19. Planning has commenced, and the first doses are already being administered to health care workers and those living in long-term care facilities.

    • Get the latest vaccine data HERE
    • Learn about how the vaccine is being distributed HERE
    • Learn about the upcoming phases of vaccine distribution HERE
    • Sign up for the Minnesota Vaccine Connector HERE
    • Learn how to get involved as an employer with the new Minnesota Health Department Vaccine Toolkit HERE


  • Resources For Businesses Dealing with Impacts of COVID-19


    The Paycheck Protection Program is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll. SBA will forgive loans if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities.
    The Small Business Administration will work directly with the state to provide loans to small businesses and non-profits that have been impacted by COVID-19.
  • COVID-19 Guidelines and information for businesses & employers. 
  • Information regarding the trades, license exams, and workers compensation. 
  • Read President Neel Kashkari’s statement, view and listen to his media appearances, learn about the Board of Governors' actions, and access COVID-19-related public health resources
  • COVID-19 webinars and resources for Minnesota businesses 
  • This website provides the latest information on COVID-19 for the State of Minnesota.  Find everything from the State's recent responses and newsletters to stats and resources about the pandemic.
    General Information and Resources for COVID-19 
    • Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Updates: Learn More 
    • Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines for businesses: Learn More 
    • Governor Tim Walz & Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan latest press releases and statements regarding COVID-19: Learn More 
  • Minnesota COVID-19 Hotline

    The Minnesota Department of Health has public hotlines to answer COVID-19 questions.

    Health questions:
    651-201-3920 or 1-800-657-3903

    7 a.m. to 7 p.m.