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  • COVID-19 Business/State/Government Resources 

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    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 Wednesday, January 6, 2021, Governor Tim Walz announced a loosening of restrictions for restaurants, bars, gyms, entertainment facilities (movie theaters, bowling alleys, etc.), and places of worship. These new regulations will allow bars and restaurants to open for the first time in six weeks, while gyms, entertainment facilities, and places of worship will continue to loosen their restrictions.
    Some highlights of these new regulations are:

    • Indoor dining at bars and restaurants can open at 50 percent capacity, with a maximum of 150 people. Parties of no more than six people must remain six feet from other parties; bar seating is open to parties of two; reservations are required; and establishments must close dine-in service by 10 p.m.
    • Gym capacity remains capped at 25 percent but maximum capacity increases to 150 and classes can increase to 25 people, assuming distancing can be observed. Machines and people must maintain 9 feet of distance. Face coverings are required.
    • Indoor events and entertainment – like bowling alleys, movie theaters, and museums – may open at 25 percent, with no more than 150 people in each area of the venue. Face coverings are required, and they may not offer food service after 10 p.m.
    • Places of worship remain open at 50% capacity but without an overall maximum capacity.

    For more information about the new regulations, visit 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
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    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.
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    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.