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This article considers whether hospitality is unfairly bearing too much of the brunt of the state of Minnisota’s response, and whether its cries for help can be ignored.

Bars and restaurants are only connected with 2% of COVID-19 cases, but blanket lockdown rules across the state will cause more businesses to close and more people unemployed and unable to support their families.

Industry leaders have called for a $200 million emergency grant fund, a break on sales taxes, lowered property taxes, and a cap on third-party delivery fees. Now the state governor is planning to call lawmakers to a session to consider COVID relief, to discuss a “bridge” until Congress approves another round of federal funding.

$1 million in grants is available immediately through the state’s tourism-promotion office, Explore Minnesota, for nonprofit tourism-promotion organisations.

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