Posted: March 27, 2020
During Governor Reynolds’ press conference, she stated that the existing business closures would extend to April 7th, or one week longer than originally stated. She also announced that, as of 10:00pm tonight, additional retail stores will be closed through April 7th. Retail stores included in this closure are book stores, clothing stores, shoe stores, jewelry stores, luggage stores, cosmetic, perfume and beauty supply stores, florists, furniture stores, and home furnishing stores. This closure does not affect other retail establishments, such as discount store, grocery stores, or pharmacies that sell these goods in addition to other essential food, medical supplies, and household goods.
Additionally, effective at 5 p.m. Friday, all non-essential or elective surgeries and procedures that can be delayed are suspended and all elective dental procedures are suspended, with the exception of emergency procedures.
She stated that they had reevaluated the school closure, and maintain that schools should remain closed until April 13th.
You can read her proclamation here: https://governor.iowa.gov/press-release/gov-reynolds-signs-new-proclamation-continuing-state-public-health-emergency-0
Last night the Senate unanimously passed the $2.2 Trillion relief package in a 96-0 vote. House leadership seems confident that a passing vote will be reached, with voting hopefully taking place on Friday. Some representatives have expressed concern over the desire to vote without being present (due to proximity concerns), so the logistics of the vote could delay any action. More on this as it develops.
A business called Iowa Love reached out to me to present a free online gift card option for small businesses. Essentially, they’ve created a section of their website that allows small business to offer gift cards for sale online; they are offering this service at no cost to participating businesses (aside from processing fees that the payment system incurs). A number of towns have jumped into this, and it’s especially helpful for businesses without an online store. Customers buying gift cards now can give businesses cash flow to survive this ongoing crisis. You can see participating businesses here: https://iowalove.org/products/giftcards
And you can learn more about how it works here: https://iowalove.org/pages/how-it-works
I’ve been updating the restaurant information almost daily as situations continue to change. The Google Drive folder contains the most recent menus and hour changes. You can still access all the information at the same link: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1013wTaRdkMMzbtE6AuTcdOG9NTKbwsnC
Many people are temporarily out of work due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, but Kwik Trip, Inc. has seen increased demands on their stores due to COVID-19. They are looking to hire at least 2,000 full- and part-time workers. While also looking for year-round and seasonal positions, they understand that their increased volume at the moment provides an opportunity for temporary work until people are able to return to their current jobs. If you’re curious about pursuing this option, your first step would be a hiring event, which are being held virtually; the first one will be Tuesday, March 31st. You can read more here: https://jobs.kwiktrip.com/lp/Hiring%20Events%20Home%20Page/6b3934aae342097d/?locale=en_US
Andy KelleherExecutive Director, Main Street Lansing563-538-9229P.O. Box 307, Lansing, IA 52151