Update: Details of the final relief bill have not yet been announced. A special session is expected to take place on December 14, 2020 and state leaders are optimistic that legislators will be able to work out an agreement by that time.
MN State Government leaders announced two proposed relief packages for businesses and individuals who have been impacted by the recent shutdown and COVID-19 in general. Legislators are still working through the details of both packages with a final relief package expected to be released on December 1. Greater Mankato Growth will share additional information as soon as it becomes available.
Here’s what we know about the Governor’s proposed package:
Direct relief through the Minnesota Department of Revenue is planned for all 14,000 businesses affected by the shutdown.
Details on this are not specific, but Governor Walz referenced direct payments to businesses and waiver of regulatory fees. Governor Walz also called for a moratorium on eviction for small businesses.
Extension of unemployment benefits by 13 weeks to individuals who have been on long-term unemployment.
Direct payments of $500 to families receiving MFIP or DWP benefits.
A one time grant is being proposed for restaurants to supply healthcare workers, homeless shelters, and long-term care facilities.
Proposed tax credit for businesses that donate food that would otherwise spoil or be thrown away.
Today Governor Walz announced a new EO-20-81-Final implementing a statewide requirement to wear facial coverings when inside indoor businesses and indoor public settings. This requirement will be effective beginning July 25. You can find general information and FAQs on the mask mandate here. In addition, below are FAQs provided by the MN Department of Employment and Economic Development relating specifically to business questions. Continue reading “Governor Walz Announces Statewide Indoor Mask Mandate”→
As businesses reopen, some are restricted to certain limitations based on a percentage of total occupancy. Below is information from experts at the City of Mankato to help you determine the occupancy capacity for your business. Once the occupant load is known, divide the occupant load by the reduction per Executive Order(s). Continue reading “UPDATED: What’s My Occupancy Limit?”→
As businesses reopen, some are restricted to certain limitations based on a percentage of total occupancy. Below is information to help you determine the occupancy capacity for your business. Continue reading “What’s My Occupancy Limit?”→
Executive Order 20-48 issued by Gov. Tim Walz on April 30, 2020, requires each business in operation during the peacetime emergency to establish a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan. The following blog provides resources for businesses as they implement a plan suited to their workplace. Continue reading “Employer COVID-19 Preparedness Plans”→
Governor Tim Walz on April 23 announced his strategy for how his administration will approach planning for the development of a comprehensive framework that will reopen Minnesota’s economy in phases.
The first step in that process is the issuance of Executive Order 20-40 which begins the process of safely returning Minnesotans to work, starting with workers in non-customer facing industrial and office-based businesses who cannot work from home. Guidance on what businesses are allowed to return to work under EO 20-40 can be found here. In addition, the state has created a comprehensive and detailed website for businesses to reference on safely returning to work, including FAQs.