COVID-19 Businesses Resources

May 6, 2021 Governor Walz Announces 3-Steps to End the Covid Restrictions

March 12, 2021 – Governor Rolls Back Some Restrictions – Bars and restaurants increased from 50% to 75% capacity and bar seating increased from 2 to 4 people Gyms changed from 25% to 50% capacity. To read the entire article click here.

February 12, 2021 – Restriction Changes – Executive Order 21-07 goes into effect on Saturday, February 13, 2021. Restaurants, indoor entertainment, and gyms and pool can serve up to 250 capacity (versus 150), leaving the maximum capacity for restaurants at 50 percent and the other sites at 25 percent. Additionally, at gyms and pools, the new executive order reduces the distancing requirement to six feet. The new executive order would also now allow a 50-person “not to exceed” capacity at private events and celebrations, while leaving the maximum capacity at 25 percent. The order also would allow restaurants/bars to stay open until 11 p.m. Click here to see the Executive Order.

January 6, 2021 – Restaurants can open back up on Monday, January 11 at half of their capacity. Click here to read the entire article. Bars and restaurants can serve customers indoors at half capacity and will have a maximum capacity of 150 people, and can’t serve parties larger than six people at tables or two people at bar seating. Reservations are required for customers and bars and restaurants have to close in-house service by 10 p.m.

Business Relief Payments for Restaurants, Bars, etc.  If you are in the restaurant business then you should check this out regarding the latest state funding. (12/20/20)

Executive Order – December 16, 2020 Gov. Walz announced his plan to loosen some COVID-19 restrictions, allowing limited 50% capacity outdoor dining at bars and restaurants, limited capacity at fitness centers and limited holiday gatherings. Additionally, health clubs are also set to reopen at 25% capacity with 100 people at the maximum, beginning Saturday, December 19, 2020. Restaurants can reopen on January 11, 2021.

Executive Order 10-99,  November 19, 2020 – Governor Walz has updated his recent Executive Order from last week. Click here to see a summary or click here to go to the page on the state’s website. Effective Friday night, Nov 20, 2020 at midnight through December 18, 2020. Restaurants and bars will be closed to the public except for take out and delivery. Retail can stay open. Non-critical businesses should try to work from home. Salons and child care can still remain open. Gyms, yoga, martial arts, indoor pools, etc. closed. Indoor and outdoor events closed including sports.  Churches can stay open with guidance. To see more detail click on the link above.

Executive Order 20-95, Nov 10, 2020 Restaurants & Bars – Governor Walz announced new restrictions aimed at curbing the spread of the virus in Minnesota. Beginning on Friday, the restrictions will apply to social gatherings, celebrations and receptions, and bars and restaurants. To see a summary click here.  Click here to see the article. Click here to see the entire Executive Order.

State of MN Mask Distribution – If you are a business located in Cities of Glencoe, Silver Lake, Biscay and Plato, Townships of Glencoe, Helen, Rich Valley and Hale then you can apply to receive complimentary masks from the State of MN. This is a one time distribution on Friday, July 31, 2020 from 12 noon to 4:30 pm at the Glencoe City City. You must fill out the online form to request masks before Thursday, July 30, 2020 at 5:00 pm.  Click here to fill out the form.

There are a variety of resources and local organizations that can help during the COVID-19 pandemic, whether you’re a small business owner, or concerned about your health as a community member. The best thing to do to prevent the spread of the virus and to reduce the impact of an outbreak is to stay calm, be prepared, and be vigilant in preventive actions. Read below for helpful information on stopping the spread of COVID-19, and what resources you have as a business and a community member.

Quick Links:

DEED MN Dept of Employment
MN Stay Safe PlanChart reflecting what businesses can open and when.
Industry Guidance for Safely Reopening Restaurants & Bars (8 page document)
MN Employment & Economic Dev.
– Safely returning to work for restaurants, gyms, studios, entertainment and meeting venues, and personal care services.
League of Minnesota CitiesGuidance for Cities on Expanding Outdoor Service at Bars and Restaurants
MN Chamber of Commerce’s Tool Kit for businesses
Small Business Administration’s Personal Protection Program (Loans)
New – US Chamber Guide listing PPP updates
MN Employment & Economic Development Info and Resources
Governor Walz’s Executive Orders
U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
MN Department of Health
McLeod Alliance (Domestic Abuse)
Glencoe Regional Health
MN Unemployment – Apply for Unemployment Insurance
McLeod County Family Resource Guide (List of important numbers)

Tracking the Virus:

There is a website that is tracking the virus statistics worldwide. You can see data by country and by state. Click here to go to site. You will see countries listed first if you scroll down then you click on USA. They are answer some basic questions. To see more in-depth details on Minnesota then click here.

Medical Resources:

Glencoe Regional Health

Glencoe Regional Health is offering telehealth visits as a convenient and flexible option to schedule an appointment with one of their providers! These secure, HIPAA-compliant online visits allow you to meet with their providers without needing to leave your home. Call 320-864-3121 to schedule a telehealth appointment, and for more information on which appointment types are eligible for a telehealth visit, please visit their website at:

If you’re experiencing severe symptoms of cough, shortness of breath, or fever, please call the Glencoe Regional Health COVID-19 Hotline prior to arriving on their campus: 320-864-7168. Their hotline is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Staff will screen you over the phone to determine if you need to be seen by one of their providers, who will determine if you need to be tested.

During this time, it’s important to be vigilant in prevention, such as:

  • Washing your hands regularly with soap and water for 20 seconds
  • Practicing social distancing, such as keeping 6 feet between you and others, avoiding unnecessary social gatherings (especially of ten people or more), and waving hello instead of shaking hands.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently-used items.

Visit their website or follow them on Facebook to receive updates on the COVID-19 outbreak.

Minnesota Department of Health
There is a wealth of information on their website:
Covid-19 Information and Resources includes a map of the the cases, number of patients tested, and those that have tested positive.
Strategies to Slow the Spread (in Spanish) is based upon the CDC’s recommendations.
Executive Orders from Governor Walz.

Chamber and Small Business Resources:

Minnesota State 
Stay Safe Guidance – This web page lists all types of businesses and their guidelines.

Governor Walz’s Executive Orders
Retail, Restaurants, bars and hair salons allowed to open with restrictions.

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
The SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program provides small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing. Bankers can now start processing the SBA loans. Starting April 3, 2020 – If you are a small business with less than 500 employees you could qualify for a loan up to $10 million under the SBA’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). Go to the SBA page to read more.

Minnesota Employment and Economic Development
DEED’s Unemployment Insurance (UI) program assists employees who can’t work, have their hours reduced, or lose their jobs as a result of the pandemic. The UI program is prepared and ready to assist these workers. If you are unemployed or have your hours reduced, you may apply for unemployment benefits by visiting

Employers – According to the MN Unemployment Insurance website regarding layoffs due to Covid-19: “Employers are usually responsible for the cost of unemployment benefits paid to their workers. Given the unprecedented situation with COVID-19, Governor Tim Walz issued an executive order to relieve taxpaying employers of benefit charges associated with COVID-19. This means that any unemployment benefits your workers collect as a result of the pandemic will not be used in computing your future UI tax rate.” For more information about unemployment insurance click here.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has also compiled a number of helpful resources on preparing for and addressing the impacts of the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak, including a coronavirus business preparedness checklist such as:

Minnesota Chamber of Commerce
Is your business COVID-19 ready? The virus has arrived in Minnesota and has many businesses asking critical questions. How can we keep our workplaces safe and clean? How can we accommodate changes in employee needs, like having to work remotely? And how might this impact my business and our economy? This site includes resources for the business community including a recent webinar.
Best Practices Edition 1 – Guidelines for what a business needs to comply with before they open.

Community Resources:

Schools and Child Care
On March 25, 2020, Governor Walz authorized the Commissioner of Education to implement a Distance Learning Period beginning on March 30, 2020, until May 4, 2020 (Executive Order 20-19).

McLeod Alliance
Mission – To support and promote the elimination of relationship violence through education, empowerment, protection, and advocacy. McLeod Alliance would like to emphasize their program remains open and advocates are available to help. They are considered essential services by the state of Minnesota and have policies and procedures in place to maintain a healthy environment in adherence to CDC guidelines. They are available to talk, to listen, and to help with a safety plan. Please call their office and they will determine how they can safely assist you. Call (320)234-7933 or (1-800)934-0851

McLeod County Info Number
McLeod County has set up a phone line for citizens to access important recordings with information about COVID-19. This line will have a recorded message from McLeod County Public Health employees, updated daily and/or as necessary, with important information about COVID-19. To access these recordings, please call 320.484.4369. They also have information regarding child care, financial assistant, food and more. To read the options click here.

McLeod Emergency Food Shelf
The food shelf is limiting the number of people in the building at one time. Check in at the front desk and you will be given instructions. Call 320-864-2088 for more information.

We will continue to update this page as we get information.