On Monday, July 13, 2020, the Duluth City Council voted unanimously to implement an emergency face covering ordinance, mandating patrons of indoor establishments to wear a face covering. The ordinance is effective immediately and requires anyone over the age of 10 to wear a face covering in all public-facing businesses and common areas of buildings.
Exemptions to the mandate include private buildings not open to the public, guests of food/beverage establishments, schools, child care facilities, and those unable to wear masks due to medical conditions.
SUPPORT LOCAL BUSINESSES
Please check ahead with individual organizations for cancellations and disruption of operations:
Annual Fourth of July fireworks at Bayfront Park Postponed until Labor Day.
Hotels are working with guests to accommodate changes to reservations.
Please check with individual properties for more information.
City Parks and Recreation information
Duluth Parks are actively monitoring evolving public health guidance from local, federal, and state agencies and setting policy accordingly.
NOTE: The City of Duluth Parks and Recreation division is asking the public to pack out any trash that they may bring into Duluth parks and beaches.
Minnesota Department of Health • visit website
Provider Hotline 651-201-5414
The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) has announced that the Minnesota Small Business Relief Grants Program
The program was approved by the Minnesota Legislature last week and signed by Governor Tim Walz on Tuesday – will begin accepting applications June 23. This program will provide $10,000 grants to small businesses that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Businesses with 50 or fewer full-time employees are eligible. Half of the funding will go to businesses in Greater Minnesota and half to businesses in the seven-county Twin Cities metro area, as required by law.
Guidance on Safely Reopening Minnesota Businesses
Non-Critical Sector businesses and employers must develop and implement a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan prior to reopening. https://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/covid/safework/safe-reopening/
By June 29, Critical Sector businesses are also required to develop and implement a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan See Plan Template dli.mn.gov/updates
Industry Guidance on Safely Returning to Work
Updates from the State of Minnesota on safely returning to work as COVID-19 restrictions are lifted can be found here: https://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/covid/safework/
The State of Minnesota has developed a Stay Safe Plan, which outlines where we are in the process of safely reopening and what future phases may look like.
Beginning on June 10, 2020: View View Stay Safe Plan
Minnesota Department of Health: What to do if an employee has COVID-19
If an employee has tested positive for COVID-19, you must take steps to protect others in the
workplace. View the Full Outline from MDH
COVID-19 Preparedness Plans
Executive Order 20-74 requires that by June 29, 2020, all businesses – including Critical Businesses – fully adopt and implement a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan. https://staysafe.mn.gov/industry-guidance/all-businesses.jsp
Guidance on Campgrounds:
Guidance on Charter and Launch Boats:
Guidance on Restaurants and Bars:
Additional information is available on the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development website.
Minnesota Unemployment Insurance (UI) Program • visit website
- Employers can find employer-focused COVID-19 related information
- Employees can find employee focused COVID-19 related information
Explore Minnesota COVID-19 Information • visit website
- Frequently Asked Questions about Executive Order 20-04: Providing for the Temporary Closure of Bars, Restaurants, and Other Places of Public Accommodation
SBA programs related to COVID-19:
City of Duluth • visit website
Duluth Entertainment Convention Center • visit website
Duluth Chamber • visit website
Greater Downtown Council • visit website
Duluth Transit • view service alerts
Groome Transportation • visit website