ReOpen MN Coalition Bands Businesses Together in Reopening Despite Governor’s Orders
By Mark Askelson firstname.lastname@example.org (12/9/20)
Minnesota — A group of Minnesota businesses forced to close are banding together to stand up against Governor Walz, and many of which are planning to reopen regardless if he lefts his shutdown of indoor dining, gyms, movie theaters, bowling alleys, and other businesses impacted by his ban on social gatherings. The ReOpen Minnesota Coalition was formed this spring during the first wave of shutdowns across the state, but has since been rekindled as hundreds of businesses across the state are on the verge of closing for good. ReOpen Minnesota Coalition Founder Darius Teichroew says they are more than 100 businesses spread across the state that have had enough of the Governor’s orders and are committed to reopening as soon as next week.
Teichroew is hopeful that there is power in numbers, and if their coalition continues to grow it could put pressure on the Walz administration to reverse their ban.
Despite the shutdown which began nearly three weeks ago, there has still been no financial assistance from the Minnesota Legislature to aid them in getting through this difficult time. Teichroew says many of the businesses don’t want the assistance, they just want the ability to be open.
According to the ReOpen Minnesota Coalition Facebook page, rural businesses committed to the plan would reopen on December 16th and metro businesses would reopen on December 18th. Some businesses, like the Boardwalk Bar & Grill in East Grand Forks, are already reopening on their own. Regardless of when they open, Teichroew admits there are risks to doing so as Attorney General Keith Ellefson has been tough on those disobeying the Governor’s Executive Orders.
The names of the businesses committed to reopening next week has not been made public, but according to their Facebook page at least one business in Norman County is considering it. Walz is expected to announce whether or not he will extend his executive order, which is set to expire December 18th, by the end of this week.
Listen to our entire interview with Darius Teichroew of the ReOpen Minnesota Coalition below: