The Owatonna Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism (OACCT) is among business groups across Minnesota that have plead with the governor to reopen businesses. While a few restrictions will be modified, indications are that restaurants and bars still have indoor dining closures through the holidays.

In their weekly Tuesday Talk e-newsletter, the OACCT states, "The Owatonna Chamber along with business communities across the state are encouraging Governor Walz to open up the restricted businesses. Let's give our bars/restaurants, fitness facilities, entertainment venues an ability to save their livelihoods. They need it NOW."

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Tuesday Talk also reports on a relief bill for establishments affected by the shutdown. "The Minnesota legislature has approved a relief package that will send roughly $217 million to small businesses impacted by Governor Walz restrictions on bars, restaurants, fitness centers, and entertainment facilities."

The Owatonna Business Partnership invites people to "Shop Owatonna and Win." $2,000 in prizes will be given away to customers who shop at participating businesses.

Owatonna Chamber of Commerce
Owatonna Chamber of Commerce

The chamber reminds you to check out the Christmas decorations downtown that are part of the Holiday Window Decoration contest among businesses. Take note that Santa will make an appearance inside the Owatonna Shoe display Wednesday, December 16 from 3:45 to 5:15 pm and Thursday, December 17 from 3:30 to 6:30 pm.

The Takeout Challenge continues where people who order takeout and delivery from local restaurants can win Chamber Bucks.

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