St. Paul, Minn.— Today, Senator John Hoffman (DFL-Champlin) voted in support of legislation to allow all businesses in Minnesota to open back up as long as they adhere to the guidance provided by the Department of Health and CDC.
In response, Sen. Hoffman issued the statement below:
“All businesses should be treated fairly and consistently. I do not think it is fair for the large big box stores to stay open while the small businesses are forced to stay closed. We have started to see some good results with people following conditions of social distancing. This legislation will provide a path and assist businesses in opening back up with guidelines to help employers make sure they have a safe and healthy workplace and business operation. Right now, through necessity places are open that pose far more risk than many of our small businesses. This levels the playing field for all businesses to safely open up and will help our economy, which reduces the financial and health burdens families and individuals currently endure.
There were several amendments offered that I also supported. One would make sure that businesses would not be penalized if they open up while still under the Governor’s Executive Order. I also supported an amendment to make sure small businesses have the support of the state to be tested for COVID-19 under the same guidelines. These amendments made the bill stronger and will provide additional help to protect small businesses and their customers.
As always, please reach out to me with your comments and suggestions on this issue or any other concerns I may be able to help you with. I can be reached by phone at 651-296-4154 — please leave a voicemail and I will follow up shortly — or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.”