Wednesday, May 20, 2020
The news today was surprising and disappointing, especially given the many conversations we’ve been having with the Governor and the Hospitality Roundtable convened by DEED Commissioner Grove. While it’s good for those restaurants that are able to offer outdoor seating, it will leave many behind around our state who cannot host patrons in an outdoor patio setting. Many of our operators have begun to hire back their staff to use their PPP loan money and ordering products for reopening on June 1, so this is another disastrous setback for them.
As these businesses stare in to the face of financial collapse, today’s announcement further delays the incoming revenue these small businesses need to survive. If these businesses are being asked to remain closed or mostly closed, then they need the State’s help with a targeted relief package that provides the support our businesses need to navigate this financial catastrophe,
It's also disappointing to hear that there has been no accommodation made for opening recreational RV camping at private campgrounds in time for Memorial Weekend – one of the biggest revenue opportunities of our campgrounds short 100-day season. RV campers offer natural social distancing, providing families with a self-contained unit for their weekend experience in the great MN outdoors. We have been advocating for a phased approach to permit these cabins on wheels the green light for the important holiday weekend.
Campgrounds will be able to open on June 1, as can salons and barber shops, with limitations.
On April 1st, the Minnesota Lodging Association, Minnesota Resort and Campground Association and Minnesota Restaurant Association united to become one, under the name Hospitality Minnesota.
As the industry faces perhaps its greatest challenge, this joining of forces creates a unified voice to tell the story of how our industry fuels Minnesota’s economy and weaves the fabric of community. It helps us tell the whole tale of the immense impact this crisis is having on our businesses and the people who have put their hearts and souls in hospitality. It highlights our interdependence and lets us shine a light on the inspiring actions you are taking to continue to serve and fight for what you love.
Each of our three associations has been here since the 1930s, weathering all kinds of crises. Together, we’ll get through this one too. In the days, weeks and months ahead, we’ll bring you information and resources to help you successfully navigate your way. We’ll create opportunities to connect with others who are facing the same challenges. And, we’ll continue to look out for you and advocate for your interests. We hear you and we’re here for you.
We are grateful for the support provided by our Strategic Partners.
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