Hello Brooklyn Park Businesses,
This is a stressful time for many as we all work to understand how to best protect ourselves, our families and our communities during the COVID-19 outbreak. Please know that the City of Brooklyn Park along with Hennepin County and the State of Minnesota is doing whatever we can to ensure you get the most up-to-date and accurate information about this ever-changing situation.
Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and the City of Brooklyn Park is exploring several strategies to help businesses during this unprecedented time. Please continue to ask your customers to utilize your online services when possible.
Below is a list of federal, state, and local resources available to businesses dealing with the impacts of COVID-19. The COVID-19 webpage has the latest information as well as resources for residents and businesses.
Stay safe and healthy everyone and please do not hesitate to reach out to the City with any questions you may have.
Click here to view a brief guide on federal and state loan programs as well as tips for small businesses to begin applying for a loan.
Ready campaign for disaster preparedness
Launched in February 2003, Ready is a National public service campaign designed to promote preparedness through public involvement and to educate and empower the American people to prepare for, respond to and mitigate emergencies. The website includes several toolkits for businesses and information on COVID, other health hazards, and various natural disasters.
Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL)
The Small Business Administration (SBA) is accepting new Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) applications from all qualified small businesses, including agricultural businesses, and private nonprofit organizations.
Paycheck Protection Program
The SBA has opened another round of the Paycheck Protection Program. To promote access for smaller lenders and their customers, SBA is currently only accepting loan applications from participating community financial institutions (CFIs).
Face Covering Guidance
The new Executive Order (EO) requires face coverings to be worn in all public indoor spaces and businesses, as well as working outdoors when social distancing is not possible. Business are expected to have workers wearing face coverings and to encourage customers to do so as well.
To be in compliance, businesses must:
- Have clear signage showing that face coverings are required for both customers and employees.
- If you need signs, contact Daniela Lorenz at Daniela.email@example.com.
- Update your COVID-19 preparedness plan to include face covering requirements.
Helping customers comply with the EO:
- If a customer is not wearing a face mask, ask them to wear one. There are exceptions for certain health conditions.
- If a customer says they have a health condition that prevents them from wearing a mask, keep a distance when possible.
- A customer can momentarily remove their face covering in order to show proof of identity when necessary.
- If a customer is being disagreeable, work with them to the extent you are comfortable.
- Businesses have a right to refuse service to someone who is not following the EO if they feel it is unsafe for customers and employees.
Questions? Contact Daniela Lorenz at 612-280-9491 or email Daniela.Lorenz@BrooklynPark.Org.
Safely returning to work
A new Executive Order lays out directives for how certain non-critical businesses and entities can re-open starting Monday, May 18. It also states that non-critical businesses such as bars, restaurants and other places of public accommodation (includes gyms, salons and others) can re-open on June 1, 2020, provided the owner has a written plan and is taking certain precautions.
Here are some materials available to you as you consider how to return safely to work.
- COVID-19 preparedness plan template
- Guidelines for reopening
- Guidance on safely returning to work
- COVID-19 prevention best practices
- COVID-19 retail best practices
Guidance for restaurants
Here are some specific resources for restaurants aiming to open by June 1, 2020
- Reopening guidance from the National Restaurant Association
- Reusable bags and takeout containers
- Food safety for delivery and takeout services
- Visitor and employee health screening checklist
- Frequently asked questions for restaurants
- Reducing food waste through donation
Department of Labor payroll tax credits
Small and midsize employers will benefit from two new refundable payroll tax credits from the Department of Labor, designed to immediately and fully reimburse them for the cost of providing Coronavirus-related family and medical leave and sick leave to their employees.
Hennepin County “Survive and Thrive” tip sheet
Hennepin County created this document for businesses facing major construction and road closures. Small businesses may find these tips and framing strategies helpful in the midst of this challenging economic climate.
Technical assistance providers throughout Hennepin County can help your business with financial planning, legal support, marketing, networking, grants, preparing for a loan application and more.
ACER is a nonprofit organization that engages community members living in the north and northwest suburbs. If you need help with completing small business loans applications, technical assistance for businesses or mini emergency grants for micro businesses, call 612-217-0282 or visit www.acerinc.org.
The Unemployment Insurance Shared Work Program allows employers experiencing a slowdown in their business to seek an alternative to layoffs – retaining their trained employees by reducing their hours and wages that can be partially offset with UI benefits. Additionally, employers can direct employees whose employment has been affected by COVID-19 to apply for unemployment benefits. The State also has a Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program specifically for people who would not be eligible for regular unemployment benefits, including self-employed people, independent contractors, workers in non-covered employment, people lacking sufficient work history to get regular UI, and people living in a household where the head of household has died as a direct result of COVID-19.
More state and federal resources
- MN Department of Revenue information on new tax deadlines
- Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
- Preventing Stigma Related to COVID-19
- Share Facts about COVID-19
- CDC Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Web page
- Information on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Prevention, Symptoms and FAQ
- Best practices and answers to your questions from the MN Chamber of Commerce
- Workplace tips, preparedness checklists, legislative updates and more from the US Chamber of Commerce
Stay Safe Signs
Free signs encouraging customers to wear masks when they enter your store are available to you! Attached is a printable copy of the State of Minnesota’s “Stay Safe” sign. We encourage all businesses to post these for customers to see when they enter your place of business. This helps keep you, your customers, and employees safe as we begin to reopen during the COVID-19 outbreak. Don’t have a printer? No worries! You can contact Daniela Lorenz at Daniela.Lorenz@BrooklynPark.Org to request a sign for your business