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Resources for Restaurants Right Now

There is so much information coming at you: in your inbox, online and from every news outlet out there. We’ve culled from what we’re seeing to provide you with the resources to tailor the information to your situation. Also keep an eye on messages from HospitalityMN with reports and links to government information. Some of that info is included here. We’ll be updating as new information is available, and letting you know what others in your community are doing to mitigate the fall out from COVID-19 pandemic. And plese, send us your stories to share: nancyw@foodservicenews.net 

Questions on the New Rules

Minneapolis is encouraging local restaurant and bar owners who have questions about the new rules to call 612-673-2847 or email SmallBusiness@minneapolismn.gov

Questions on unemployment

From the state of Minnesota: Employees who are temporarily laid-off or had their hours significantly reduced are likely eligible for benefits and the Department of Employment and Economic Development encourages all workers affected by COVID-19 to apply for unemployment benefits. In line with our request, the “non-payable week” requirement has been suspended in order to speed relief payments to workers.

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Sign a Petition for Relief for Small Businesses

Join other small business owners by signing the petition "Tim Walz: Provide relief for MN's small businesses" started by Gavin Kaysen and Soigné Hospitality Group.
The goal is to reach 1,000 signatures. You can read more and sign the petition here:

Treasury proposal would deliver $500B to Americans starting April: The Treasury Department said Wednesday it wants to start issuing direct payments to Americans by early next month as the centerpiece of a $1 trillion plan to stabilize the economy as the coronavirus epidemic threatens a body slam to taxpayers and businesses.

—Source Star Tribune

Notice from the Mill City Farmers Market

In response to the public health emergency due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Mill City Farmers Market will be limiting our upcoming indoor winter market on Saturday, March 21, to the picking up of pre-orders only. 

Payment using SNAP/EBT will be accepted. In order to make pick-ups as efficient and timely as possible, EBT is the only form of on-site payment we will be accepting.

Tips on working at home

from Beth Ewen, senior editor of our sister publication, Franchise Times

1. Use your former commute time to do something wonderful for yourself: take a walk; meditate; have a cup of coffee with your partner; read a fabulous book for a half hour…Think about how nice it is not to be stuck on I-35W.

2. Gamify your day: Set your productivity goal for the week, then break it down by the day, then make it a competition with yourself (or with your co-workers if they have the same deadline). Like: “I will write each story between interviews, and finish three stories today.” When you complete your entire to-do list for the day, stop working and celebrate your accomplishment.

3. Wear real clothes, not sweatpants. You never know when someone will invite you to lunch (well, before all the restaurants were closed.) Plus, you will not be surprised in two weeks’ time when you put on real pants and learn you’ve gained 10 pounds.

4. Slack is your friend. Add a channel for your favorite work peeps and then chat ‘em up all day. You’ll get a few laughs and won’t even miss the personal contact (at least, not too much).

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