A note from the president
Holy buckets its been an exciting week for the Downtown Alliance as we announced our Welcome Back campaign. Over the course of the summer and into early fall we will be filling downtown with 300 events to welcome back employees and visitors. You can expect to see everything from outdoor bar trivia and pop-up musical performances, to full-on concerts in the park like Lowertown Sounds, and much more. The best way to hear about upcoming events will be to follow along on Facebook and Instagram.
In addition to tons of awesome events, you'll also be greeted by members of the expanded Safe and Clean Street Team. We're thrilled to welcome back several safety ambassadors who have worked downtown Saint Paul in the past. Be sure to say hello as you're out and about.
As we've shared previously, we've been working closely with our employers, both large and small, to offer support and the opportunity to collaborate on the return to office this year. We're looking forward to welcoming back the first wave of employees in the coming weeks and can't wait to see everyone again come Labor Day.
On top of all that, yesterday Governor Tim Walz announced that the state will end remaining restrictions on outdoor limits and indoor activities in the coming weeks. The timeline for changes includes:
- May 7: Removing all limits for outdoor seating except for larger venues, eliminating early closing times for bars/restaurants
- May 28: Ending all capacity and distancing limits for indoor events and gatherings (Masks will still be required at indoor/outdoor events involving 500+ people)
- The state mask mandate is slated to end no later than July 1, but sooner if the statewide rate of vaccinations increases from 59% to 70%
All in all it's certainly been a big week! As always, we'll continue to keep you updated as news changes. Keep reading for some great ideas for this weekend.
Enjoy the sunshine,
Saint Paul Downtown Alliance