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Today, Governor Walz addressed Minnesotans and announcing the next three steps in easing COVID-19 restrictions. Most restrictions will end May 28 and the statewide masking mandate will end July 1 or before. Overview of the steps:May 7: No limits/masks for outdoor events, except masks at large venues with over 500 people. No early bar and restaurant…

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WASHINGTON – SBA Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman today announced the U.S. Small Business Administration will begin registrations on Friday, April 30, 2021, at 9 a.m. EDT and open applications on Monday, May 3, 2021, at noon EDT for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund. The online application will remain open to any eligible establishment until all funds are exhausted.  “Restaurants are the core of our neighborhoods…

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Following is a brief synopsis of today’s announcement by Gov Walz related to reopening Minnesota businesses and easing several restrictions that are currently in place.The following will go into effect Monday, January 11th • Restaurants may open to 50%, with a maximum of 150 inside and 150 outside • Reservations required for inside and outside service• Parties at tables restricted…

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With our local on-sale liquor license holders being forced, once again, to close and/or reduce their business due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the City of Bemidji Council approved a 50% refund/ reduction of their on-sale liquor license fees for 2021 license renewals. The majority of the “full” on-sale intoxicating liquor license holders will receive a…

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Effective today, the Minnesota Department of Health released updated guidance increasing the table size for restaurants and bars. The guidance includes the following specific points: Limits party size in dining rooms to 10 people. Limits party size in bar areas to 4 persons. Requires patrons in all areas to be seated. The change to parties…

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Beltrami County announces a new grant program for non-profit organizations –  Beltrami County COVID-19 Non-Profit Relief Fund.  The funding is part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) funding allocated to the County through directive of Governor Walz, who released $841 million of Federal CARES Act dollars to towns, cities, and…

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