Advancing the Prosperity of our Member Businesses and the Vitality of the Area.
Tuesday, November 10, 2020
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New Covid Restrictions Impact Business

By:  Brad Meier, President/CEO  
  • Today Governor Walz announced a new Executive Order that outlines updated guidance that goes into effect this Friday, November 13 at 10 p.m.  
    • Bars, Restaurants:  Stop in-person service at 10:00 p.m.  In addition there are new limits on games such as pool and darts (no bar games that require standing are permitted), and bar/counter service is closed.
    • Wedding Receptions and related events are dialed back to 50 people on November 27 and 25 people after December 11.
    • Private gatherings are limited to 10 people from no more than three households.
    • Overall events currently at 250 capacity will be dialed back to 150.
      Click here to see the Executive Order.
    • The Governor also proposed $10 million in additional funding for business relief, targeted toward restaurants and bars impacted by today’s changes. Details coming soon.
    • Retail was opened from 50% occupancy to 100%-a bit of good news!
  • How Can I support Bars & Restaurants?  Go there for lunch & dinner, buy gift certificates for employees in place of your holiday gatherings, shop local.  List of member bars & restaurants.
  • With winter approaching, Mayo Clinic Health System will transition COVID-19 testing sites to indoor locations for the safety of patients and staff.  Read details HERE.
  • Have questions for Superintendent Elstad? Join him for a virtual "coffee and conversation on Friday, November 13th at 8:30 am.  Click HERE to register.  

The Minnesota Retailers have extended this opportunity to our Owatonna Retailers at no cost-get some great ideas for this holiday shopping season.  Click the image to register.

$25M into Downtown Owatonna

A new hotel and apartment complex will bring a major boost to downtown Owatonna.  The projects, both being developed by Hamilton Real Estate, will be built at the same time starting early summer of '21 and will infuse $25M into a 1 block area of Pearl and Cedar. 
Shadowed by the big hotel announcement, the apartment building on Pearl Street completes a several year vision started by the city of Owatonna when they purchased and tore down the houses on that block.  FULL STORY

United Way to Host November After Hours at Torey's Restaurant  

Join the United Way of Steele County and the Chamber for November Business After Hours starting at 5:30 pm on Tuesday, November 17th.  Location will be at Torey's Restaurant and Bar, 208 N. Cedar AVE, Owatonna.  

Chamber Dollars are great ways to reward employees and keep dollars local.  Good at any chamber member business contact us at 451-7970 or with questions or to place your order!  
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