Winona and COVID-19


All of our worlds are turned upside down right now because of the coronavirus pandemic and things are changing sometimes daily, so we’ve compiled a list of resources below that will keep you up to date on the happenings in Winona as they relate to the coronavirus. But first, we just want to say that our hearts are with all of you out there and we will get through this. 

Some community partners including the Winona Area Chamber of Commerce and Engage Winona have done an excellent job compiling lists of which businesses are opened and closed and what their hours are. Also, we will try to provide information on event postponements or cancellations, though we recommend you check on an event’s website or Facebook page for the most current details.

If you have a question that is not answered through one of these links, please reach out and we will try to find the answer to you. 

For some happy thoughts, join us on Facebook as we air the best of our Facebook Live series filmed around Winona, and if you are in need of fresh air, remember that our miles and miles of trails are available for some exercising even during the shelter-in-place period.

In time we hope to see all of your smiling faces again, but until then, stay safe, be well, and dream of the better days to come. They will.

Thanks to Engage Winona, the mother of all resources pages can be found HERE, with links to everything from closures and takeout food businesses to volunteer forms and in-need forms. Transportation, child care resources, government links and so much more – it’s all here.

 

The Winona Area Chamber of Commerce has reached out to dozens of local businesses and created two extremely helpful flyers to provide a quick look at what’s open and what’s not, plus hours and contact information for businesses where appropriate. THIS ONE is for restaurants and grocery stores, and THIS ONE is for businesses, attractions, and services.

The Chamber is also spearheading a variety of initiatives including information forums, virtual happy hours and Winona Business Bingo. Visit the Chamber’s WEBSITE for information on future events.

 

Winona Health has reached out to the community for help acquiring masks and gowns to increase the hospital’s inventory for any future influx of patients. Anyone with a little free time and a knack for sewing is asked to use THIS PATTERN to make masks and view THIS TUTORIAL for information that will help the process. In addition, Winona Health is distributing patterns and sewing specifications for hospital gowns to anyone willing to create some. To receive the pattern and information kit, call 507-494-7371.

 

For up-to-the-minute conversation about what’s happening in the state and locally, visit the Winona COVID-19 Community Info Hub, which is moderated by a volunteer team assembled by Engage Winona.

Also, if you are in the area and need help or have help to give, Engage Winona also created the Winona Neighbors Helping Neighbors Facebook page. 

Two local organizations have stepped up and created programs aimed at helping people get through this time. Hurry Back Productions, a local nonprofit, is offering grants of up to $500 for people struggling to make ends meet right now. Learn more HERE.

 

Also, Treedome, a local production studio and record store, has created an online hub with information about and merchandise from more than 100 Minnesota musicians to help keep them afloat while all of the music venues are closed. Read more about that effort and find a link to the directory HERE.

 

Because the situation is evolving rapidly, no one knows how long our arts and entertainment scene might be impacted by the pandemic. This is what we know right now:

The Mid West Music Fest will host a virtual festival May 8-9. Learn more about it HERE.

The 100-Mile Garage Sale, ordinarily the first weekend in May, has been rescheduled for September 10-13.

The Minnesota Beethoven Festival has been canceled until 2021.

The Great River Shakespeare Festival has postponed its season until 2021. 

Steamboat Days will not take place this summer.