News from the Downtown Alliance
May 7, 2021
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,

Joe Spencer
Saint Paul Downtown Alliance
Don't forget about the moms in your life
Mother's Day is only days away and if you're still in need of that perfect gift, card or brunch spot, downtown has you covered:

A Pocket Full of Posies - order online to pick up or have flowers delivered

AZ Gallery Gift Shop - Choose from a wide selection of cards, jewelry, pottery, and more all made or designed by local artists

The Buttered Tin - Stop by Sunday morning for fresh pastries and treats

Black Dog Cafe - Peruse the Farmer's Market then head over to enjoy a mimosa on the patio
Experience the drive-in at Union Depot
Depot Drive-In kicks off tonight with an evening showing of Emperor's New Groove. Tickets are required in advance to reserve your spot (just one per car). Concessions will also be available onsite. Gates open at 7 p.m. and the movie will begin at 8:30 p.m.

Resources for job seekers and employers
Fully recovering from COVID-19 will likely take years, but one of the most immediate needs we're hearing consistently is the need to bring employees back as soon as possible, especially in the hospitality industry.

Whether you're a worker looking for your next job or an employer looking for staff, Ramsey County Job Connect is an incredible tool that can help.

Downtown restaurant and retail options
Stumped for where to order dinner from these days? Or who has a patio to visit?

Have questions?

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