Supporting downtown small businesses while staying safe
The safety of downtown Saint Paul’s residents, workers and visitors is of the utmost importance to us here at the Saint Paul Downtown Alliance. We want you to know that we are monitoring all recommendations and updates from government officials surrounding COVID-19 (novel coronavirus), and we will inform our stakeholders of relevant changes. The first priority for everyone is to take appropriate steps to limit the spread of COVID-19 and ensure our entire community remains healthy.
Below are resources for downtown residents, small business owners, workers, shoppers or supporters including details about which shops and restaurants are currently open, economic relief programs and more.
Please note that as of June 1 face masks are required inside stores and city-owned buildings where maintaining six feet of separation isn’t possible. Small children and individuals with medical complications that would make mask-wearing difficult are exempt. Homemade masks are acceptable as long as they cover the nose and mouth.
RESTAURANTS & RETAIL OPEN FOR BUSINESS
OTHER WAYS TO SUPPORT DOWNTOWN BUSINESSES
During this time of adjustments in social events, work schedules, and travel, we encourage you to remember our many small businesses in downtown and throughout our community and to continue supporting them from a distance. Below are some ways you can support our small and local businesses:
- Shop online or via phone. Many of downtown’s retailers have online shopping available; our local and independent shops will help you get what you need via phone, FaceTime, or other methods, if necessary.
- Place phone orders. Purchase custom or corporate gifts from retailers who can handle orders over the phone or online.
- Stock up now. If you typically order wholesale products with local retailers later in the year, place your orders now.
- Go for gift cards. If you do not need anything specific at the moment but still want to support local, buy gift cards to spend later in our various storefront businesses. You can also buy gift cards for many local restaurants, or annual memberships at many of our local museums and cultural institutions.
- Take out and tip. For restaurants, order takeout or delivery and tip the same amount as you would dining in. A list of downtown restaurants currently offering takeout is below.
- Support local musicians. If you love the Twin Cities music community, and you have the means to, please consider donating to the TC Music Community Trust Entertainment Industry relief fund.
- Volunteer with Catholic Charities. The needs of the most vulnerable among us have increased while resources are decreasing.
- Spread the word. Share this information widely so others know how to help.
First and foremost, prioritize and take all health and safety precautions for yourself and others in our community. Our community health as a whole depends on working together, and our small businesses are the lifeblood of the downtown Saint Paul economy. We want to make sure they continue to stay successful while maintaining appropriate public health safety measures.
VIRTUAL DESTINATIONS & EVENTS
Visit Saint Paul has collected a huge variety of activities and ways to experience our great city from the comfort of your own home.
The Children's Museum has compiled activity ideas for kids and parent resources to utilize while kids are home from school.
A special presentation created by artists in isolation, available to steam from home.
The art exhibit: POLISH ART: BROOKLYN TO MINNESOTA and others are now available virtually and will run indefinitely.
Ramsey County has consolidated resources to help ready and recover your business and workforce from the impacts of COVID-19. Please revisit this page often as new resources and programs become available. Additional county resources can be found on ramseycounty.us/coronavirus.
The City of Saint Paul has a new phone line to answer questions about the City’s response to the COVID-19 coronavirus. Translators are available to answer questions in Hmong, Karen, Oromo, Somali, and Spanish. Call 651-266-6000 or email LanguageResources@ci.stpaul.mn.us.
TWIN CITIES HOSPITALITY AND EVENT WORKERS' RELIEF FUND
The Twin Cities Hospitality and Events Workers’ Relief Fund supports workers who have lost income due to business closures and event cancellations related to the COVID-19 outbreak. The hospitality and events industry has been shut-down and many workers are facing an economic crisis on top of the health crisis. The Twin Cities Hospitality and Event Worker's Relief Fund offers support navigating complicated and sometimes daunting challenges such as: Unemployment, Childcare, Food Assistance, Housing / Rent / Mortgage Support, Utilities, Healthcare, and Worker Protections.
This page was last updated on July 14.
For more information, contact us at email@example.com. Note: Some of these recommendations originated from Downtown Raleigh Alliance and are being shared through the International Downtown Association.