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 July 25, 2020, per the Governor's Executive Order 20-81, people in Minnesota are required to wear a face covering in all indoor businesses and public indoor spaces, unless alone.  Additionally, workers are required to wear a face covering when working outdoors in situations where social distancing cannot be maintained. More information can be found here. 



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.



Saint Paul At Home

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 Minnesota Museum of American Art

Take virtual tours of The M and their recent exhibitions.


The Minnesota Children's Museum

The Children's Museum has compiled activity ideas for kids and parent resources to utilize while kids are home from school.


Jazz Fest Live

Steam live jazz performances at home every Thursday evening at 7 pm.


The Science Museum of Minnesota

The Science Museum has a full page of activities, experiments and educational resources, including the 2020 OmniFest films, available.


The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra

The SPCO concert library is open for streaming from home.



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


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