COVID-19 has disrupted our lives in many, many ways and Park Rapids downtown businesses have not been spared.

The Park Rapids Downtown Business Association advises, "As you are out and about doing your essential runs to the supermarkets, post office and other stops, consider some of the ways to support local businesses, even if you can’t visit those businesses."

For example:

  • Shop online or on the phone. Some downtown businesses have a robust online presence.

  • Pre-buy goods and services. In many cases, customers can still purchase gift cards.

  • Order prepared food for pick up or delivery. Many businesses remain open for delivery and takeout orders, which may be placed by phone or online.

Bars and restaurants in Minnesota were already closed to dine-in customers through at least May 1 under a separate executive order from the governor. Under the new stay-at-home order, restaurants can still serve delivery and take out.

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