Last Updated 10:10pm CDT, 2/27/2021

Overview

The state says nearly all Minnesotans should have access to a COVID-19 vaccine by this summer. That’s the end goal of a new timeline from the health department. The COVID-19 pandemic has claimed another Twin Cities restaurant. Burch Steak owners Isaac Becker and Nancy St. Pierre notified employees the Lowry Hill eatery will not reopen. More than 36,000 travel and hospitality workers in Minneapolis have been impacted by the pandemic. That has “Meet Minneapolis” looking at ways to bring business back.

Stay At Home

Cleaning supplies flew off the shelves in 2020 as the pandemic changed the way Americans thought about disinfecting their homes. Now Minnesota has been ranked as one of the top states with the cleanest homes. A study compared the amount of money Americans spent on cleaning supplies in the second half of 2019 and the second half of 2020.

Reopening

More than 36,000 travel and hospitality workers in Minneapolis have been impacted by the pandemic. That has “Meet Minneapolis” looking at ways to bring business back. The tourism organization said the city has been impacted not just by the pandemic but also the unrest that followed after the death of George Floyd.

Closures

The COVID-19 pandemic has claimed another Twin Cities restaurant. Burch Steak owners Isaac Becker and Nancy St. Pierre notified employees the Lowry Hill eatery will not reopen.

Vaccine

The state says nearly all Minnesotans should have access to a COVID-19 vaccine by this summer. That’s the end goal of a new timeline from the health department. The first step is vaccinating 70% of Minnesotans 65 or older. The state thinks it can happen by the end of March.

Events

From skis to sleds to snowmobiles, an uptick in outdoor activities also means an uptick in business for many retail stores. Some snowmobile retailers say their business is up nearly 25% since the pandemic started.

Healthcare Status

Volunteers have answered the call to help in the vaccination distribution process in a big way. When M Health Fairview asked for volunteers, more than 2,100 people responded. Thanks in part to the volunteer support, M Health Fairview has administered roughly 80,000 doses of the vaccine. That is more than any other health system in the state.

Schools

Minneapolis Public Schools welcomed young students back to the classroom, starting with pre-kindergarten and kindergarten learners. The district has kept students in distance learning since last spring due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

How To Help

A north Minneapolis entrepreneur is getting rave reviews for his efforts to keep people safe from COVID-19 and Minnesota’s brutal winter. K.B. Brown is mixing the need to wear a mask with fashion by sewing the mask directly into the hoodie.

Public Transport

Metro Transit says service for many local bus routes, the Metro A line and the Metro C line have as much service as they did before the pandemic. Additionally, the light rail Blue Line and the Green Line are offering 10-minute service through the day.