Coronavirus and COVID-19: Stay Informed, Be Prepared

We are monitoring the evolving situation with the Coronavirus and the spread COVID-19 cases by engaging our national partner organizations, State and local public health officials, and our member partners to bring you the latest updates and anticipated impact. Check all our media channels for alerts for new posts: bookmark this webpage, watch your email inbox, connect and like Hospitality Minnesota Facebook page and follow our Twitter.

BREAKING NEWS: MARCH 25 Governor Walz calls for shelter-in-place for Minnesotans through April 10, with the dine-in closure order for restaurants and other places of public accommodation extended to May 1. Restaurants and hotels are on the essential businesses list and may continue operating using all recommended social distancing and health and safety guidelines. **We are working to clarify that “hotels and motels” includes resorts and campgrounds and will post again when we have that information. The full Order HERE.

MARCH 21: Minnesota has now been approved for COVID-19 Disaster Loan Assistance through the SBA. Loan Training for COVID-19 Related Economic Disruptions.



Contact the Governoryour state and federal legislators and and tell them we need urgent action on economic relief in Minnesota. Find talking points HERE.

Tell your elected officials that this industry supports 300,000 jobs in Minnesota and we need this help to survive and ensure that we can continue to support these jobs.


Contact your federal legislators and echo the requests in our federal letter. Find talking points HERE.

Participate in the National Restaurant Association’s Action Alert HERE and the American Hotel and Lodging Association’s Action Alert HERE.


Visible Impact from Hospitality Minnesota Advocacy on behalf of the Hospitality Industry

Sales Tax Payment Extension for Eligible Businesses

Disaster Assistance in Response to Coronavirus: Small Business Administration 

March 16: SBA program activation: Hospitality Minnesota letter to Gov. Walz

March 17: SBA Updates Criteria on States for Requesting Disaster Assistance: Small Business Administration

Advocacy Letters from Hospitality Minnesota

March 23: Hospitality Minnesota Letter to Governor Walz Regarding Essential Industry Businesses

March 19: Hospitality Minnesota Letter to Minnesota’s Federal Delegation

March 16: Request for Relief Hospitality Industry: Hospitality Minnesota letter to Governor Walz, Senate Majority Leader Gazelka and Speaker Hortman

Advocacy Letters from the National Restaurant Association

March 15: Families First Coronavirus Response Act: National Restaurant Association letter to Senators Schumer and McConnell

March 15: Emergency Paid Leave Mandates with Employer Tax Credits: National Restaurant Association Issue Brief


March 16: Specialty Session  - Legal Mandates for Employers in the wake of Coronavirus with Martin Kappenman of PRK&A


Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)


          Posters: Non-Federal





Loan Training for COVID-19 Related Economic Disruptions. Register HERE

How might COVID-19 affect your restaurant business? Follow these tips to get in front of the situation from Banner Year Advisors.

Nilan Johnson – Employers and Coronavirus

Joel O’Malley and Courtney Blanchard of Nilan Johnson Lewis answer common questions about employment law with regards to coronavirus and COVID-19. 



Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED)

Information and Resources for Workers

Minnesota Unemployment Insurance – apply right away, even if you’re still working partial hours

Healthcare: MNsure is offering a special enrollment period.


United Way COVID-19 Response and Relief Fund – for assistance finding food, paying housing bills or other essential services statewide


SNAP Benefits – apply for food support


Energy Assistance Program – EPA helps pay heating costs for income-qualified households

Note: Heat cannot be cut off between October 15 and April 15. If you receive a disconnection notice, contact the utility immediately to negotiate a revised payment plan.


Minnesota Foreclosure Prevention


Local HUD Mortgage Counselors


Legal Assistance for Renters


Golden Rule Charity – helping the hospitality industry in times of need.


Restaurant Workers Community Foundation – resources for restaurants and workers


United States Bartenders Guild (USBG) National Charity Foundation – resources for bartenders


Feeding America – find a food bank resource


Food donation programs accepting donations INCLUDING: Metro area establishments, Non-metro area establishments  AND Put your establishment on the map of free meals

Minnesota Central Kitchen


If you have links or resources you’d like us to consider including, please forward them to Ann Kirby McGill at

(651) 778-2400

1959 Sloan Place, Suite 120, St Paul, MN 55117

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