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COVID-19 Updates

During this time of COVID-19 outbreak, we are dedicating this page to keeping you updated on our small and local businesses. Please consider supporting them through this trying time, as they are the heart of our community. If you have additions or changes to any information, please email: info@visitgrandrapids.com.

Current Minnesota COVID-19 Guidelines

The Minnesota Department of Health has created a vaccine dashboard to show who is being vaccinated. Click on a county to see county-wide results. https://mn.gov/covid19/vaccine/data/index.jsp

 

Chamber Member Business Directory

Travel During COVID-19 Safety Tips

 

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In these unprecedented times, we want you to know that we are working together to provide resources and assistance as the COVID-19 crisis evolves. Our organizations are banning together to provide up to date information and facts. Brought to you by the Itasca Strong Partners: Visit Grand Rapids,  Itasca Economic Development Corporation, Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce, Grand Rapids Downtown Business Association city of Grand Rapids and Itasca county. Go to our websites for COVID-19 updates.
Itasca Economic Development Corp: https://www.itascadv.org/covid-19-updates
City of Grand Rapidshttps://www.cityofgrandrapidsmn.com/9-articles/951-coronavirus-information
Itasca County: http://www.co.itasca.mn.us/798/COVID-19-Coronavirus-Information
Grand Rapids Downtown Business Association: Follow on Facebook and Instagram pages
Non-profit and Community Resources: http://uwlakes.org/covid-19-resources/

 

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Virtual Entertainment Opportunities

  • Google 360 Virtual Tours

  • Virtual Trivia Tuesday with UnWined – Tuesdays at 7 pm. Play along on Facebook with friends! Office Trivia.
  • MacRostie Art Center – Join the Mac for the virtual Art around the world tour. Follow on FACEBOOK for updates.
  • KAXE – Connect with the community by listening to KAXE programming. Follow on Facebook for updates and live streams at KAXE.org
  • KOZY/KMFY/J105 – Stream your favorite music from local radio stations. https://www.kozyradio.com/
  • Grand Rapids Area Visitor Guide – Browse our interactive visitor guide!
  • YMCA Follow them on Facebook for virtual exercise and tips.
  • Reif Center –  The Reif Center has several virtual performances that you can purchase tickets for and watch from your home, follow their Facebook page for updates
  • Grand Rapids Herald Review – Keep updated on local news ONLINE

Resident & Community Resources

  • Center for Disease Control – Reliable information about the disease ONLINE
  • Updates from the Governor – New from the Governor’s office ONLINE
  • MN Department of Health – Stay up to date with current Minnesota COVID-19 cases ONLINE
  • FREE MEALS: to those who need provided by the Community Cafe in Grand Rapids and Deer River. In Grand Rapids located at Keisler House.  (behind Walmart) Tuesday thru Thursday from 4:30-6:00 p.m. Take-out meals only. We ask that you wait outside either by the door or in your car for service.
  • FREE LUNCHES: District 318 is offering free lunch deli
  • Minnesota Department of Unemployment Insurance – Apply ONLINE
  • Minnesota Department of Revenue – is granting a 30-day Sales and Use Tax grace period for businesses identified in Executive Order 20-04. During this time the department will not assess penalties or interest.
  • City of Grand Rapids – The city of Grand Rapids will remain closed until further notice. READ MORE
  • Itasca County – Updated COVID-19 Information.
  • Blandin Foundation – The Blandin Foundation staff is currently working remotely. READ UPDATE
  • United Way – Check out the United Way’s list of community and non-profit resources and volunteer opportunities.

Business Resources

  • Updates from the Governor – New from the Governor’s office ONLINE
  • MN Department of Health – Stay up to date with current Minnesota COVID-19 cases ONLINE
  • Itasca Economic Development Corp  – Updates and resources for Itasca Area Businesses ONLINE
  • Minnesota Department of Unemployment Insurance – Apply ONLINE
  • Minnesota Department of Revenue – is granting a 30-day Sales and Use Tax grace period for businesses identified in Executive Order 20-04. During this time the department will not assess penalties or interest.
  • Hospitality MN Updates – News from hospitality industry lobbying efforts ONLINE
  • US Travel Agency– COVID 19 UPDATES
  • GREDA Emergency Working Capitol Loan Program – The Grand Rapids Economic Development Authority (GREDA), through an investment by the Blandin Foundation, is allocating $500,000 for use in providing direct, emergency financing to businesses in the City of Grand Rapids experiencing financial hardship due to the social and economic disturbance resulting from the COVID-19 Pandemic. Learn all of the details and how to apply click HERE.
  • CARES Act  – Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act was signed by President Trump to help provide financial stability and relief for individuals and businesses affected by COVID-19. To access the Small Business Guide to the CARES Act, please click HERE.
    To acces the Small Business Checklist from the US Chamber of Commerce, please click HERE.
  • FFCRA – On March 18, 2020, President Donald Trump signed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) into law.  Impacted employers must be in compliance with this law by April 2, 2020. View the full document HERE.
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