Covid-19 Guidance and Resources
See below for information regarding the Covid-19 business assistance, vaccine distribution, and facts about the pandemic response from local, state, and federal levels.
Small Business & Nonprofit Assistance
As the federal government debates an additional COVID relief package, the Minnesota State government has taken action, passing a $216.5 million COVID relief package that includes direct payments, an extension of Unemployment Insurance, and money to fund County grant programs. In addition, the City of Rochester implemented additional measures to help businesses. Below is a current breakdown of available programs with information that is current as of 12/15/2020).
Details of New Executive Order by Governor Walz "Dialing Forward:"
- Bars and restaurants can open at 50 percent capacity, with a maximum of 150 people. Parties of no more than six people must remain six feet from other parties; bar seating is open to parties of two; reservations are required; and establishments must close by 10 p.m.
- Gym capacity remains capped at 25 percent but maximum capacity increases to 150. Machines and people should maintain 9 feet of distance. Classes increase to 25 people, assuming distancing can be observed. Everyone must be masked.
- Outdoor events and entertainment continue at 25 percent capacity, but maximum capacity increases to 250 people. Social distancing is required.
- Indoor events and entertainment – like bowling alleys, movie theaters, and museums – may open at 25 percent, or no more than 150 people. Masks required. No food service after 10 p.m.
- Youth and adult organized sports have resumed practice as of Jan. 4 and games resume Jan. 14 with spectators. Inter-region tournaments and out of state play are discouraged.
- Pools opened Jan. 4 for some activity and may now open, like gyms, at 25 percent capacity.
Covid-19 Vaccine Resources
Several Covid-19 vaccines have been authorized by the FDA for emergency use. With mass distribution to take place in the coming year, it is imperative to stay up to date on the vaccine rollout and development. See below for up-to-date information on the vaccine rollout.
Additional COVID-19 Guidance & Resources