Pandemic - Anoka Area Chamber of Commerce

COVID-19 INFORMATION & RESOURCES FOR BUSINESSES


18May 2020

Many members of the Anoka Area Chamber of Commerce are now open, including the Chamber office!  Although the Chamber has been open, the front door hasn’t but it is now like many others.  There are still some Chamber members that are not able to reopen at this time and we will continue to be an […]

April 30th Message from Chamber President Pete Turok

 

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We are attempting to keep the information on this page up to date; however, please refer to sources below for up-to-the-minute information.

Frequently Asked Questions:

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    Can my business be open?

    On April 23, Governor Walz signed Executive Order 20-40, which allows workers in industrial and office settings to return to work, subject to several conditions. First, all workers who can work from home must continue to do so. There are also a number of other conditions laid out in the executive order, including creating a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan and conducting health screenings of employees each day at arrival.   Read MN DEED’s outline of businesses that can re-open and what is required to do so.

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    Are there some things we can do NOW to prepare for returning to work safely?

    An estimated 82% of Minnesota jobs have been deemed “essential” under Governor Walz’s Executive Order 20-20 and associated guidance from the Department of Employment and Economic Development. These businesses have detailed strategies to protect their workforce from the spread of COVID-19 while ensuring continuity of operations. Based on the best practices shared by employers in these critical industries, the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce provides the following guidelines and suggestions to assist other Minnesota businesses in their efforts to provide safe workplaces for their employees and customers as they come back online. Download Guide

    MN DEED has created a downloadable COVID-19 Preparedness Plan template.

    Visit the MN DEED web page on Safely Returning to Work.

     

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    What is the CARES Act, and what can it offer my business?

    The programs and initiatives in the Corona Virus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that was just passed by Congress are intended to assist business owners with whatever needs they have right now.  Read the Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act created by the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship.

    You can also find A Guide for Minnesota Small Businesses Who Need Help on the MN DEED web site.

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    How do I get my business added to the Chamber’s "We’re Open" list?

    Call (763-421-7130) or email us and we’ll add you to the appropriate list.  Tells us your name, your business name, business address, and how customers can do business with you (e.g. delivery, curbside pick-up, etc.)

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    Where do I get employer information about unemployment insurance?

    We know you are looking for ways to be flexible and accommodate the needs of your workforce. The MN Unemployment Insurance office is the best source of information on the role that Unemployment Insurance (UI) can play in your planning. Read more.

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    How do I apply for unemployment insurance?

    The state of Minnesota has recently made applying for unemployment simpler in response to current economic situation. Find out more and apply.

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    Where can I get guidance identifying workplace risk levels?

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) developed COVID-19 planning guidance for employers to implement engineering, administrative, and work practice controls and personal protective equipment (PPE). The guidance is intended for planning purposes – employers and workers should use the planning guidance to help identify risk levels in workplace settings and to determine any appropriate control measures to implement.  Get more information

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    Where can I get the most reliable information about actions the U.S. government is taking?

    For the latest information about actions being taken by the U.S. government, go to https://www.usa.gov/coronavirus and in Spanish at https://gobierno.usa.gov/coronavirus.

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    Is the Chamber open?

    The physical Chamber office is closed, however, the Chamber is open. Chamber staff are working remotely. You can contact them by phone (763-421-7130) or by email (mail@anokaareachamber.com) Monday through Friday 8:00am to 4:00pm

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    What are the guidelines for social distancing at my workplace?

    There is a lot of information being circulated making it difficult to separate truth from fiction. The World Health Organization has the more trustworthy information on practicing social distancing. Read more

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    Where can I get information about disaster recovery lending?

    (Mar 20, 2020)  The SBA has disaster assistance available to small businesses affected by COVID-19 through the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program. In preparation for the declaration to go through and the program to start rolling,  it’s recommended businesses sign up to receive the newsletter at www.sba.gov/updates.  

    Need to apply for disaster assistance? 

    You can keep tabs on actions coming Governor Walz’ office here.

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    What is the Chamber’s COVID-19 Action Plan?

    he global COVID-19 pandemic has us all in uncharted territory. We continue to watch the developments and their implications in Minnesota and throughout the U.S. Amidst the uncertainty, one thing is clear. We are in this together; as an organization and as a community. We want to you to know that the Anoka Area Chamber office will remain open and will do its best to support members with resources and ideas throughout the pandemic. Helping your organization weather this storm is our top priority.

    We’ve received many questions via phone and emails from members. We know that many of you are feeling uncertain about not only the future, but how to manage day-to-day operations right now. We share your concerns and will do our best to listen, support you, and connect you to helpful resources. We will continue to keep you informed, to the extent that we can, about what is happening in our communities and about existing and emerging resources that you can use moving forward. We are in the process of adding a dedicated page to the Chamber web site where you’ll be able to find updates and links to resources. Our response to this will continue to evolve as the situation unfolds.

    The Anoka Area Chamber Board of Directors has put in place “social distancing” procedures for the staff and related Chamber functions. Unfortunately, this involves the suspension of in-person events. We will not hold any in-person networking events for the foreseeable future. We are, however, exploring the use of virtual technology for meetings.

    The Board of Directors has decided that we would rather look like we have overreacted than to put anyone in jeopardy. We must do our part to flatten the curve. Know that we are all in this together. We are stronger together and will find our way to the other side of this global crisis. We will continue to provide updates as feasible. In the meantime, the staff and Board of Directors wishes you, your family, and your business good health.

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