BY GABE LICHT
DELANO, MN The COVID-19 pandemic is changing how businesses everywhere do things, and has resulted in the clossure of some businesses, including in and around Delano.
Some businesses have suspended operations altogether, in the wake of an executive order signed by Gov. Tim Walz that temporarily closes all restaurants and bars to dine-in customers, and closes theaters, fitness centers, barbershops, salons, nail salons, and community clubs.
Closures were effective beginning at 5 p.m. Tuesday.
“As the cases of COVID-19 in Minnesota continue to climb, we must take decisive action to curb the spread of this pandemic and protect the health and safety of Minnesotans,” Walz said. “This is a challenging time for business owners, employees, children and families alike. We must come together as One Minnesota to care for our neighbors and slow the spread of COVID-19.”
In a related move, Walz signed another executive order that waives the employer surcharge for unemployment insurance and allows the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development to pay unemployment benefits immediately.
The Small Business Administration is working with governors to provide targeted, low-interest loans to small businesses and private nonprofit organizations that have been impacted by COVID-19.
Locally, the Delano Area Chamber of Commerce is working to help local businesses and the community at-large.
“As your chamber, we are dedicated to providing information and resources to help you navigate the coming weeks,” DACC Executive Director Jo Ann Huebsch wrote in an email to members. “We will be providing digital newsletters with information updates and business resources as well as sharing info and promotions on behalf of our members and associates.”
Just as the DACC Task Force responded during the closure of Highway 12 years ago, it is positioning itself to help businesses and community members now.
“Our Task Force is moving ‘Positive Forward’ to ask both the business owners and community members, ‘How can we help?’” Huebsch wrote.
One way the DACC can help is by passing on information, such as updated or temporary contact information, modified hours, changes in goods or services provided, or promotions.
There is a list of restaurants that are closed, have modified hours, and/or are offering take-out and/or delivery. Community members can check the DACC’s social media presence for further updates.
The DACC website www.delanochamber.com also has an online business directory, job postings, and hot deals features for members to utilize.
For more information, contact Huebsch at firstname.lastname@example.org or 763-972-6756.