• Business Resources and News on COVID-19

    The Hastings Area Chamber of Commerce understands that this is an uncertain time with many businesses asking critical questions.  Our Board of Directors and staff are working closely with community partners and our peers in Dakota County, at the MN Chamber of Commerce and US Chamber of Commerce to provide reliable information for the health of your business.  The resources below will be updated daily so please check back for the most up to date information.  We believe in the strength, creativity and resiliency of our local businesses.  Please reach out to the Hastings Chamber with helpful information, ideas or needs as they come about.   Now is the time to unite as one community, we are stronger together.

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  • Recent Announcements:

    NEW:   Below are highlights on the most recent MN executive order 21-01

    Starting January 11:

    • 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.

    • Outdoor events and entertainment continue at 25 percent capacity, but maximum capacity increases to 250 people. Social distancing is 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.

    • Youth and adult organized sports have resumed practice as of January 4 and games resume January 14 with spectators, following the appropriate capacity limits for indoor or outdoor venues. Inter-region tournaments and out of state play are discouraged.

    • Pools opened on January 4 for some activity and may now open, like gyms, at 25 percent capacity.

    • Wedding receptions and other private parties may resume with limits. If food and drink are served at the event, then they are limited to two households or 10 people indoors and 3 households or 15 people outdoors. If there is no food or drink, they are covered by event venue guidelines. Any related ceremony – like a wedding or funeral ceremony – is guided by rules for ceremonies and places of worship.

    • Places of worship remain open at 50% capacity but without an overall maximum capacity.

    Additional information, including FAQ can be found at Minnesota's Stay Safe Plan / COVID-19 Updates and Information - State of Minnesota (mn.gov)

     

    NEW: Congress has passed legislation providing $900 billion in additional pandemic aid.  The bill is over 5,000 pages long -  here is a overview of Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues  

    • CLICK HERE to view a guide from the US Chamber with the latest information, FAQs and changes that have been made to the Payroll Protection Program (PPP)

     

    MN COVID-19 Relief Package Approved 12.16.2020:

    • $88 million will be distributed in grants to “qualified businesses” which were closed through the most recent order. These businesses include restaurants, bars, breweries, distilleries, wineries, fitness and recreational sports centers, bowling centers, and specialty food stores.

    • County Relief Grants to Local Businesses: Dakota County will receive $8.5 million for business relief.

      • The intention of this grant fund is to give flexibility to counties to make grants to businesses and nonprofits that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and business closures, but may not have met the strict guidelines in the previous grant categories.

      • Additional details on county grants will be releases after the 1st of the year.

    • Unemployment Insurance Benefits Extension

    • Extends unemployment benefits for an additional 13 weeks to April 20, 2021. 

  • MN Chamber Vaccine Tool Kit:

    The MN Chamber Of Commerce has complied the latest information on the COVID-19 Vaccine and will update this as new information is release.  COVID_19 VACCINE TOOL KIT

  • Helpful Webinars

    Click Here to view multiple webinars that address business concerns and questions in the COVID-19 era.

     

     

  • State Wide Mask Mandate:

    On July 25th, 2020 a state-wide mask mandate went into effect for the State of Minnesota.  Click the links below to view where masks are required.

    The Hastings Chamber has FREE window clings for your business!  These window clings feature the Hastings Raider masked up in an effort to remind customers to stay safe and shop local.  If you would like additional clings for your business, please email Kristy@hastingsMN.org.  To find out more about this campaign, visit Let's Ride This Wave Together.

     

     

  • Do you have a Pandemic Safety Plan in place?  

    Recent survey data says 72% of Americans are fearful of going back to normal purchasing practices.  It is extremely important to build consumer confidence NOW.   Make sure your customers and employees know how you plan to keep them safe and then promote it. Take video & photos that can be posted on your website and social media. Below are a few resources to help businesses prepare their plan.

    •  Find an Employer Preparedness Requirements HERE.

    •  MN Guidance on Reopening can be found HERE.

    •  Find templates HERE.  

    •  Follow guidelines set out by MNOSHA.

    •  Find Frequently Asked Business Questions HERE.

    •  Remember you know your business model the best.  Be creative while keeping the safety of employees and customers in mind.