Chamber Provides Inspiration, Hope and Tools for Safe Reopening
Fergus Falls Chamber Provides Inspiration, Hope and Tools for Safe Reopening
As Governor Walz announced Phase 3 of reopening businesses on June 10, we want to assist our business community and general public on staying safe while rebuilding our economy.
Inspiration & Hope -- We've heard countless stories from businesses on how much they appreciate local community support. Residents love local! So far, community members have purchased $24,000 in Fergus/Bonus Bucks as part of our Small Business Boost. That's nearly $25K going to our local small businesses in one month! We have $26,000 available. "Shop, Move 'n Groove - COVID edition" will focus on uber-boosting our local businesses July 6-17. And there's more in the works!
Instilling consumer confidence is of utmost importance as we reopen more businesses. The health, safety and well-being of our employees, customers and community will pave the way for our economic recovery. Now is not the time to return to “the old normal.” All businesses, organizations, residents, visitors, and general public can make a positive impact by maintaining high safety standards and continue to take these steps to avoid spreading COVID-19:
Business can contact the Chamber or visit our website (www.FergusFalls.com) for guidance and tools to reopen safely:
In summary, Governor Walz’s key reopening guidelines announced June 5 go into effect June 10:
- Practice Social Distancing
- Wash your hands regularly
- Wear a mask to protect others (#WearAMaskFF)
- If you don’t feel well, stay home
- Get tested when sick
As additional resources (supplies and financial tools) are announced, we will keep you informed on our website and Facebook (Facebook.com/FergusFallsChamber).
- ALL: Gatherings cannot exceed 250 people in one space. Must maintain social distancing, frequent sanitizing, masks encouraged/required for workers/customers.
- Friends/family gatherings: outdoor 25 or less; indoor 10 or less
- Retailers: 50% occupancy with former guidelines.
- Restaurants and Bars: indoor 50% capacity, with former guidelines (masks and reservations required).
- Personal services (salons, tattoo parlors and barbershops) 50% capacity, with former guidelines (masks and appointments required).
- Gyms, personal fitness, and yoga studios: 25% capacity, indoor & outdoor.
- Indoor entertainment (movie/concert theaters, bowling, museums): 25% capacity
- Pools: 50% capacity.
- Outdoor entertainment (sporting events, concerts, and theaters)
- All businesses must have a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan in order to reopen.
- Beginning on June 29, all "critical businesses" (those that remained open throughout the executive orders) must also have a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan. Further guidance coming by June 15.
Businesses who’ve taken a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan are invited to join us Friday, June 19 at 10:00am via Zoom for #4 “PPP Q&A” with Megan Beckler of Multi Business Solutions. Register at: www.FergusFalls.com.