March 15, 2021
Governor Tim Walz Dials-Back COVID-19 Restrictions For Businesses and Social Gatherings
On Friday, March 12, 2021, Governor Tim Walz announced a dial back on COVID-19 restrictions for businesses and social gatherings starting on Monday, March 15, 2021, at 12:00 PM. Some highlights of these new regulations are:

  • Social gatherings: Up to 50 people outdoors or 15 people for indoor gatherings, both without household limits.
  • Youth sports: Pod size increasing to 50 for outdoor activities.
  • Religious services: Remove occupancy limit, but social distancing required.
  • Celebrations: Follow venue guidance.
  • Bars and restaurants: Increasing allowable occupancy to 75%, up from 50%, with a limit of 250 people. The limits apply separately indoors and outdoors. Bar seating increases to parties of 4.
  • Salons/barbers: Removing the occupancy limit, but social distancing required.
  • Gyms/fitness centers/pools: Increasing allowable occupancy to 50%, up from 25%. Outdoor classes can increase to 50 people.
  • Entertainment venues: Increasing allowable occupancy to 50%, up from 25%, both indoors and outdoors, with a limit of 250.
  • Seated outdoor venues can add an additional 25% of their capacity over 500, with a limit of 10,000 people.
  • Non-seated outdoor venues can add an additional 15% of their capacity over 500, with a limit of 10,000 people.
  • Seated indoor venues can add an additional 15% of their capacity over 500, with a limit of 3,000 people.
  • Non-seated indoor venues can add an additional 10% of their capacity over 500, with a limit of 1,500 people.
Learn more information about the new loosening of restrictions at this week's Minnesota DEED webinar focused on the new COVID-19 mitigation measures. Commissioner Steve Grove and other state leaders will be coming together for this special webinar on Monday, March 15 at 3:15pm to go through these changes and answer any questions you may have. Register for the MN DEED webinar HERE.

Get a fully detailed report on all of the new dialed back COVID-19 restrictions and regulations HERE.
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Governor Tim Walz Announces Expansion of Vaccine Eligibility
On Tuesday, March 9, 2021, Governor Tim Walz announced that vaccine eligibility will expand to the next two groups of priority populations. Of these newly-eligible Minnesotans, the state has directed providers to prioritize appointments for individuals in the first of these groups. Providers will then have the flexibility to offer available appointments to people in the second group.

The first group includes:
  • People with specific underlying health conditions: Sickle cell disease, Down Syndrome, or oxygen-dependent chronic lung or heart conditions, and those who are in active cancer treatment or immunocompromised from organ transplant
  • Targeted essential workers: Food processing plant workers
  • Minnesotans with rare conditions or disabilities that put them at higher risk of severe illness
The second group includes:
  • People age 45 and older with ONE or more of the following underlying medical conditions; or, age 16 and over with TWO or more of the following underlying medical conditions (learn more about these conditions on the Who’s Getting Vaccinated page):
  • Active cancer
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
  • Diabetes - Type 1 or 2
  • Heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies
  • Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from HIV, bone marrow disease, chronic steroids for more than 30 days, immunodeficiency disease, or from taking immunosuppressive medications
  • Obesity - body mass index (BMI) greater than 30 kg/m2
  • Pregnancy
  • People 50+ in multi-generational housing
  • Essential frontline workers: Agricultural, airport staff, additional child care workers not previously eligible, correctional settings, first responders, food production, food retail, food service, judicial system workers, manufacturing, public health workers, public transit, Postal Service workers.

Learn more about getting the COVID-19 vaccine and when you will become eligible HERE.
Support the DCR Charitable Foundation by Donating to the 10th Annual WomEn's Leadership Forum
The WomEn’s Leadership Forum will feature two opportunities for community businesses to get involved without purchasing a ticket. A basket raffle will take place on April 9th at the event and we are looking for community businesses to donate items for the basket. If your business is willing to donate gift cards to your business or items at least $30 in value, please contact Heather Proskey, Director of Events & Member Experience, at hproskey@dcrchamber.com or (651) 288-9200 to coordinate.
We will also gladly accept your wine and spirit donation for our annual event Wine Pull. Please donate a bottle valued at $15 or more by April 1st. Please contact Heather Proskey for additional details.

Ticket are still available for this amazing event. Join us on Friday, April 9, 2021, from 7:30AM - 12:30PM at the 10th Annual WomEn's Leadership Forum.

Register HERE
Thank you to our WomEn's Leadership Forum Sponsors
Be Part of the DCR Chamber Golf Classic Committee
The DCR Chamber Golf Classic committee has set a date for their first meeting – Tuesday, March 16 at 2:30PM.

If you are interested in being part of the committee that plans the abundantly fun Chamber Golf Classic, please contact Heather Proskey at (952) 288-9200 or hproskey@dcrchamber.com to receive a Zoom link to attend the first meeting.

In the coming weeks, be on the lookout for more information on the 2021 Golf Classic and different ways to sponsor this great event!
Business Support Series: Engaging in a Divided Public
Join the DCR Chamber on Tuesday, March 30, 2021, from 9:00-10:00AM as we kick off our 2021 Business Support Series.

Heightened tensions. Growing mistrust. Cancel culture. Communications have fundamentally changed over the past year, but the seeds were planted long before 2020. People today are isolated – which can cause social discomfort and division. But we’re also more engaged than ever with decisionmakers and have 24/7 access to platforms where our voices can be heard.

With so much noise, how can we rise above the fray to effectively advocate for our interests? Communications expert Jennifer Hellman, COO, Goff Public, will share how individuals and organizations can have a meaningful dialogue in these divided times and avoid the pitfalls of this fast-paced communications world.
Jennifer Hellman
Chief Operating Officer, Goff Public
Register HERE
April Public Affairs Webinar: Meet the Two New Dakota County Commissioners

Join the Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce at our April Public Affairs Webinar on Friday, April 2, 2021, as we introduce the Dakota County’s two new Commissioners Laurie Halverson, District 3, and Mary Hamann-Roland, District 7.

This lively discussion will provide updates from the new commissioners, their vision for the dynamic success of Dakota County, and where growth opportunities are throughout the County. Hear their strategic outlook on many topics ranging from schools, to broadband internet, workforce and transportation, and goals to strengthen the business community in Dakota County.
Laurie Halverson
Dakota County Commissioner
District 3
Mary Hamann-Roland
Dakota County Commissioner
District 7
Register HERE
Thank you to our Public Affairs Webinar Sponsors
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Be Part of The MVTA and Southwest Transit System-Wide Study
The Minnesota Valley Transit Authority (MVTA) and SouthWest Transit (SWT) are completing a systemwide study for the five years including 2022 through 2026. The purpose of the MVTA/SWT Systemwide Study is to provide a comprehensive review of current services operated by MVTA and SWT, to examine unmet needs, and to identify opportunities for additional routes or services that retain and capture new transit riders. Learn more and provide feedback about the study HERE.
Check out the 50 Coolest FREE Places You Can Visit Around Dakota County
With so many nice days just around the corner, people are looking for some fun, free, family activities to do around Dakota County. Dakota County Commissioner, Joe Atkins, with the suggestions from others, has put together a list of the the 50 coolest free places in Dakota County to visit. Check out the list HERE.
Dakota County Providing New Vaccination Opportunities
Dakota County will provide a new local vaccination option for those age 65 and over, as well as for educators, child care workers, healthcare workers, direct care providers, and residents in Dakota County long-term care, assisted-living and congregate care facilities. Dakota County residents who qualify will be able to go through our Dakota County COVID-19 vaccine web page and make an appointment at one of our Dakota County Public Health clinics. Find out if you qualify for the vaccination and discover more information HERE.
MN Department of Employment and Economic Development Youth Jobs Roundtable
Join MN DEED for a virtual roundtable on Friday, March 19, from 2-3:00PM  on how we can work together to make sure Minnesota’s youth have professional development and employment opportunities as a part of our economic recovery.
Commissioner Steve Grove will host this roundtable with Deputy Commissioner Hamse Warfa. Along with their partners, DEED is committed to serving youth by providing high-quality employment. If you are interested in attending this event please email Dan Pfab, Communications Coordinator, at dpfab@dcrchamber.com for a registration link.
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Registration is Required
Tuesday, March 23, 2021
8:00-9:00AM
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For more information on becoming a member, please email Heather Proskey at hproskey@dcrchamber.com or call her at 651-288-9200.
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