Businesses and organizations like yours help make up the heart of our downtown and the city of Rochester as a whole. In response to COVID-19, your business may be experiencing unexpected challenges. We at the Rochester Downtown Alliance are committed to providing as much support and timely updates as possible.
Get updates on laws and policies
March 10, 2021 - Governor Tim Walz announced in executive order 21-11 a positive turning of the dial measures to allow for loosening of COVID-19 restrictions. Find more details in the executive order here as it related to bars/restaurants, social gatherings, gyms, fitness centers, and pools, and remote working.
July 24, 2020 - Minnesota Governor Tim Walz signs executive order 20-81 requiring people to wear a face covering while in any indoor public space. Click here for an FAQ document regarding face masking in Rochester.
June 22, 2020 - The City of Rochester's practice of providing curbside parking spaces for businesses has been scaled back due to the enforcement of parking meters resuming and the creation of outdoor dining spaces. Contact Public Works for more information.
BrandHoot - Offering nonprofits free 30- to 60-minute virtual working sessions for technical assistance.
Collider Coworking - Entrepreneurs to reach out to talk through COVID-19 related challenges.
Project Bootstrap - Local experts are providing businesses with free in-depth consulting in marketing and communications, visual merchandising, business continuity and risk management, user experience design and architecture, web and IT, culinary director and restaurant operations, and business and product development. Must be within Destination Medical Center boundaries to apply. With questions, contact Chris Schad, Director of Business Development – Discovery Square, Destination Medical Center, Phone: 507-216-9720 (o), 507-269-4954 (m), email@example.com
Seek local, state, and federal assistance
Rochester, Minnesota assistance programs and resources
December 14, 2020 - The City of Rochester approved a grant for businesses with liquor licenses to cover 100 percent of their on-sale 2020 license fees. Additionally, the 2021 liquor license fee payments will be deferred until August 1, 2021.
June 22, 2020 - Rochester Ready is an initiative to ensure a safe and resilient recovery. Businesses that sign the pledge are committing to implementing a specific set of measures to provide a safe experience.
May 11, 2020 - Olmsted County Public Health is offering to be a resource to the Rochester business community and is providing recommendations for business and public safety in this letter to the Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce.
March 18, 2020 - The City of Rochester is allowing restaurants offering take-out options to designate up to two parking spaces in front of their businesses for customers. Contact Public Works for more information.
Rochester's Nonprofit Consortium is coordinating joint efforts to quickly respond to community needs. If your nonprofit organization, or a population you represent, is experiencing extraordinary challenges due to COVID-19, contact firstname.lastname@example.org to be connected to the group.
State of Minnesota business and employee resources
The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) provides additional COVID-19 relief to individuals and businesses. Among the relief targeted at businesses is aid for restaurants, shuttered venues, and other small businesses.