• COVID-19 BE PREPARED and Proactive - Going Back to Work Slowly and Safely

  • COVID-19 BE PREPARED and Proactive - Going Back to Work Slowly and Safely

    COVID-19 BE PREPARED and Proactive - Going Back to Work Slowly and Safely

    Hello Chamber Members and Community Leaders:

    What a whirlwind we are experiencing right now. I hope you are all putting your safety first.

    The Chamber has launched a Business Recovery Committee and we would like to understand the impact your business has experienced around COVID-19. Please complete this short survey HERE.  Your input matters and we want to help you.  The Business Recovery Committee will then assess where businesses are now, how we can help with a slow reopening, and strategies and campaigns to reset our local economy once COVID-19 is under control.

    The Governor just annouced Executive Order 20-40 Allowing Workers in Certain Non-Critical Sectors to Return to Safe Workplaces. You can Find it HERE.

    PLAN IN PLACE! Be prepared and start developing your required plan for what your new business model should look like as the state begins to open. From the MN Department of Labor and Industry and the Department of Employee and Economic Development, here is a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan template and instructions in Word that you can download and use to begin your plan. Find it HERE. Most important, businesses are going to have to demonstrate what a safe work environment looks like for employees, and to build consumer and customer’s confidence.

    Other Resources:

    MN Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED): Guide to Safely Return to Work

    MN Chamber Resources. Also the MN Chamber has put together some best practices on reopening your business. This document was created from data from Minnesota businesses, the CDC and Osha. They are also looking at creating this by industry so we will keep you posted. See MN best practices HERE.

    From the CDC: Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

    Finally, we will continue to update you, as necessary and keep an eye on our website. Please know, we are here for you and we are #ChamberStrong. 

    Warmest Regards,


    Robin Anthony
    Executive Director, IOM
    Greater Stillwater Chamber of Commerce

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