Lanesboro Area Chamber of Commerce


Updated: May 13, 2020

COVID-19 Hotline:

Community mitigation (schools, child care, business) questions:

651-297-1304 or 1-800-657-3504 7am-7pm

Health questions:

651-201-3920 or 1-800-657-3903 7am-7pm

Lanesboro Area Chamber of Commerce is closely monitoring this rapidly developing situation.

We're confident in the leadership of our city, county, state and are working closely with U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, Explore Minnesota Tourism and relevant government agencies to inform and equip businesses with the most and up-to-date information and to ensure we are all adequately prepared to implement strategies to protect workforce while ensuring continuity of operations.

We encourage our members to be proactive, exercise an abundance of caution, and heed the advice of medical professionals at the Minnesota Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control.


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♨️ On Wednesday, May 13, Governor Walz issued a new executive order allowing “all retail stores, malls and other businesses that sell, rent, maintain and repair goods to open beginning on Monday, May 18 as long as they have adopted and implemented a COVID-19 preparedness plan including social distancing guidelines for workers and customers, and allow no more than 50% of the establishment’s occupant capacity at any time.Click here to view reopening guidance from DEED.

On Thursday, April 30, Governor Walz extended the current “stay at home” order until May 17 with an easing of some restrictions on customer-facing businesses. Click here to view the additional exemptions to the executive order. Starting Monday, May 4, 2020 the new Executive Order 20-48 (slides from the press conference are here) allows any customer-facing retail business that sells goods to engage in curbside or outside pick-up and delivery, as long as customers do not enter the business premises. Click here for guidance on what the latest executive order means for your business.

What Next? Start by downloading and adopting the Covid-19 Preparedness Plan template to your business.


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♨️ FUNDING - Loans & Grants

♨️ Employment Guidance

Understanding Economic Impacts

Explore Minnesota Tourism Annual Conference, February 24, 2020 | Alexandria, MN - Keynote Speaker: Anirban Basu - The Return of the Economist (keynote pdf) --> tip: tune video above to 1:19:58

Keeping Workplaces Safe and Healthy

(...) how to "flatten the curve" - visual simulator

Why outbreaks like coronavirus spread exponentially, and how to “flatten the curve” -- By Harry Stevens March 14, 2020, The Washinton Post


Week-long digital dialogue featuring leaders from retail, commercial, transportation and hospitality discussing business preparations for post-pandemic realities. Register here
  • ♨️ Destination Medical Center: Webinar Series - Destination Medical Center Economic Development Agency (DMC EDA) is hosting a week-long webinar series titled “Road to Recovery – Navigating the Path to Economic Recovery,” April 27 – May 1 from 12:00 – 1:00 PM:

    • Monday, April 27: Office Environment - 🎦 Watch

    • Tuesday, April 28: Public and Private Transportation - 🎦 Watch

    • Wednesday, April 29: Travel, Lodging and Conventions - 🎦 Watch

    • Thursday, April 30: Retail and Restaurants - 🎦 Watch

    • Friday, May 1: Outdoor Public and Event Spaces - Register here

Other Resources


    • MN Unemployment Insurance - This office is overwhelmed with requests right now, so applying online is encouraged. I’ve also heard that folks who were denied can re-apply. This resource can be used by those laid off, or even just having hours cut back.


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This "Correspondence Toolbox" resource section was assembled as a benefit to our members to share emails, news and documents we receive from our partners and local businesses.

Lanesboro Critical Sector Businesses

Fillmore County Journal has established a page » on their website to list change of hours and operations to Fillmore County businesses and organizations, provide links to resources, and post relevant news items.

We ask and encourage all of the businesses and organizations to e-mail FCJ » at with any updates so that they can keep this resource current and accurate. This link will be promoted in upcoming issues of the Fillmore County Journal, as well.

Thank you for your help with getting the word out.


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