Roseville Reacts to COVID-19
1 Jun 2020
Cities across the country are progressing through various stages of getting businesses and individuals back toward the way of life they knew prior to the COVID-19 crisis. Roseville is no different, with city programs, local businesses and schools all pitching in, seeking to help each other to get back to familiarity.
City of Roseville
The city of Roseville has many services and initiatives occurring now, seeking to provide guidance to residents in response to the COVID-19 crisis. A special meeting resolution by the City Council was passed May 26, approving temporary waivers to allow restaurants greater flexibility for outdoor seating and to allow drive-in religious services. Additionally, the city has established a link on its website to alert residents of what is open and what is closed. Click here to find the most up-to-date information.
One program Roseville is involved in is a partnership with The Sheridan Story to provide free, nutritious food to families in the community to ensure that area youth have food during the COVID-19 pandemic. Since the middle of March, the organization has delivered 100,000 meals a week to 31 school districts and other community partners across Minnesota and western Wisconsin.
And those seeking specific advice can turn to Open to Business for free, confidential business advising covering a wide range of needs, from getting a new business off the ground to the help needed for any business to overcome the challenges stemming from the COVID-19 crisis. Ramsey County Business Advisor Noah Her provides business advice for anyone in Roseville. He can provide assistance with business and strategic planning, marketing and communications planning, regulatory, tax, licensing and accounting training, financial assessment and referrals to professional services.
Businesses throughout Roseville have found ways to lend a hand where needed. For example, Bent Brewstillery, the brewery and distillery in Roseville, has shifted some of its operations to create hand sanitizer. Open for takeout sales, customers can purchase one-, five-, fifty-five- and 270-gallon sizes of hand sanitizer along with their beer and spirits. The company is currently experiencing a packaging shortage and will fill the smallest containers brought to them with a purchase.
For the past month, Roseville-based Computype, a company that specializes in customized labeling solutions has applied its abilities to assist in the fight versus COVID-19. The company has put its 3D printers to use manufacturing headband pieces of face shields. Read more here about how the company partnered with a local teacher to help manufacture face shields for local health care facilities.
Local hotels have seen a significant dip in their occupancy rates but have responded with options to assist those in need. Businesses like Home2 Suites and Residence Inn have extended a $55 rate to anyone in need of alternate accommodations due to a family member requiring home self-quarantine. Other Roseville hotels, such as DoubleTree by Hilton, Country Inn & Suites and Fairfield Inn & Suites can be contacted to determine if they have similar programs.
Local school districts have been active in assisting the community through the difficulties presented with school closures beyond the distance learning plans, attendance and grading policies and general communication. The Roseville Area School District #623 has been active helping residents through daily challenges, starting with free emergency child care for elementary-age children of healthcare professionals, first responders, children of educators and other emergency workers. Additionally, the district has provided free meals during the school closure for any student ages 18 and under.
A group in the Mounds View School district, which has a small portion of its boundaries within Roseville, has found a good cause to focus on while school is out. A high school robotics team, KnightKrawler, created over 25,000 face shields for a wide range of health care facilities, police stations and other businesses. The team utilized 24 printers from four schools throughout the district and 10 mil PETG super clear sheets from 3M.
The Roseville Economic Development Authority (REDA) coordinates and administers economic development and redevelopment initiatives for the City of Roseville, MN. It serves as a comprehensive resource forbusinesses seeking to startup and grow in the area. In addition to prioritizing business retention and expansion, the REDA connects area employers with the dedicated and talented workforce they need to succeed and thrive.