COVID-19/Coronavirus News Center
We have assembled resources to address the growing concerns of the COVID-19/Coronavirus. As we continue to learn about more confirmed cases of COVID-19 across the globe and in Minnesota, we are following the recommendations set forth by the Minnesota Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The health and wellness of Nisswa and the Lakes Area is critically important to us. With this News Site, we will provide the latest guidelines and information available. Above all, the Nisswa Chamber of Commerce will continue to serve our members and our community. Thank you for supporting Nisswa and the Chamber in keeping our businesses thriving!
NISSWA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE BUSINESS SUPPORT:
- Nisswa Nucleus – An initiative to keep community & commerce at the center of Nisswa!
Check out our Facebook Page in the link provided to learn how you can support local business while staying cautious about illness prevention! Use our Nisswa Nucleus event page as a Press Release to share for your business’ initiatives, services, and response! Let everyone know NISSWA IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS!
Local & National Public Health Entities:
- Crow Wing County
- Minnesota Department of Health
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Guidance for Businesses and Employers – CDC
- Risk Assessment Guidance – CDC
Resources & Templates for Business Planning:
- Coronavirus Business Best Practices
- Coronavirus Business Action Communication Template
- Coronavirus Event Communication Template
- Coronavirus Event Cancellation Template
- Event Cancellation & Refund Policy Template
ORGANIZATION CONSIDERATIONSWith the impacts of COVID-19 on our local business community already in effect, in addition to good hand hygiene and common-sense precautions with your employees and patrons, The Nisswa Chamber of Commerce encourages all local businesses to consider the following:
- For your business: Prepare for negative economic impacts.
- Capital: Create, confirm, or expand your line of credit.
- Staffing: Develop staffing plans for varying levels of customers and revenue (what does an 80% scenario plan look like?).
- Insurance: Check with your insurance provider to understand your coverage and options.
- For your customers: Make your place of business as hygienic as possible and communicate what you are doing to customers so they feel comfortable visiting.
- For your employees: Check, modify, and communicate HR policies regarding remote working, sick-leave, and compensation during health crisis. Try to ensure your policies are as flexible and non-punitive as possible. Sick employees should be encouraged to stay home.
- For your workflow: Cross-train employees for key functions so that daily schedules can continue relatively uninterrupted by potential employee absences. Where relevant, consider staggering start and end times to reduce large numbers of people coming together at the same time; and create and test remote employee collaboration systems (consider apps such as Slack and Zoom).
- For your cashflow: Communicate with your landlord (or tenants) and lenders about expectations and request flexibility (better to have that conversation now).
- For yourself: Eat well, sleep, and exercise. Taking care of yourself in this time of stress will improve your resistance to infection and resilience in managing difficult business situations. And of course, wash your hands all the dang time and don’t touch your face, or anyone else, for that matter.
- For your Chamber: For us to best serve you, we need to know and share what our members are doing to manage risks. To that end, please tell us what what’s working and what you need from us!
MORE UPDATES REGARDING COVID-19
Minnesota Executive Order in response to COVID-19 from Governor Walz's Office
All updates regarding COVID-19 in Minnesota: https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/index.html