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The success and survival of small and mid-size businesses of all kinds is essential for the health and prosperity of our region. Too Local To Fail provides relevant and essential resources for businesses to access as they pivot and make plans for the future. Below you will find a list of resources specific to business reopening. Many more can be found at

Executive Order 20-81

Governor Walz's Executive Order 20-81 requires face coverings in indoor spaces and public buildings including retail stores, and in similar outdoor settings where social distancing is not possible. This mandate will go into effect on July 25.

Business obligations, what a face covering is, and exemptions can be found here:

Impacted businesses are required to update their COVID-19 preparedness plan accordingly. Preparedness Plan Requirement Guidance for retail stores can be found here:

The Minnesota Department of Health has information about the mandate on their website

Postable signs for businesses that can be downloaded from the state’s website.

More information about what the mandate means to past Executive Orders and a collection of frequently asked questions can be found in this article by Brianna Biersbach and Glenn Howatt of the Star Tribune from July 22

Closure of Indoor Bar Areas in Response to Rise in Positive COVID‐19 Cases

Minneapolis has a higher rate of positive COVID‐19 cases reported per 100,000 population than in the State of

Minnesota, 9 Minneapolis bars have met the threshold for general outbreak among patrons. Considering these

findings and to decrease further risk of transmission, on Wednesday, July 29,2020, Mayor Frey signed Emergency

Regulation 2020‐17 ordering the closure of indoor bar areas within restaurants, nightclubs, and indoor spaces of

entertainment to limit the risk of patrons congregating. Seated service will be allowable, as long as food and/or

beverage services are delivered tableside while patrons are seated and provided that all spacing and capacity

limitations set in State of Minnesota Executive Order 20‐74 are followed. Emergency Regulation 2020‐17 goes into

effect on Saturday, August 1, 2020, at 5 P.M.

Learn more

New Funding Available For Small Businesses Impacted By Covid-19

Hennepin County is announcing the availability of $10 million for a new application round of emergency funding for small businesses impacted by COVID-19.

Eligible small businesses with between one and 50 employees may apply for grants of up to $15,000 to support emergency relief and costs associated with reopening under public health guidelines.

Applications will be accepted Thursday, July 30 at noon through Wednesday, August 12 at noon.

Priority will be given to those businesses that have received $5,000 or less in COVID-19 related emergency relief funding from local, county, and state sources.

Eligible businesses that have received a prior Hennepin County Small Business Relief Fund grant can apply for additional funds up to a combined total of $15,000 for eligible expenses. The minimum grant amount is $2,500.

CARES Act - SBA Loans

$300 billion have been made available to small-businesses via the Paycheck Protection Plan (PPP) and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) through the recent stimulus package. Recent changes have been made specifically to the PPP program as a result of recent legislation. To learn more about these modifications visit:

As part of our “Too Local To Fail” effort, we want to help Minnesota small businesses be ready to apply for these dollars. Information about the SBA’s Paycheck Protection Program and other resources can be found here:

SBA - New Paycheck Protection Program Guidelines

-COVID-19 Relief Options:

-How to calculate loan amounts:

-New Interim Final Rule Guidance: