In an attempt to drive data-based decisions versus further actions of fear or panic, The Devils Lake Chamber of Commerce has created this info page. Serving as a hub to update Devils Lake business, industry, and individuals of ongoing impacts at the local level and beyond.

We understand that each business and industry is affected by the Coronavirus outbreak in a different way, but the Chamber has gathered some suggestions and best practices to consider as you develop plans to keep your employees healthy and your business operating successfully.

City Wide Mask Mandate

Voted upon by the Devils Lake City Commission Monday, February 1, 2021, a city wide mask mandate will go into effect at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 3, 2021 until further notice. To read the full mandate, click here.


Press Releases

Economic Resiliency Grant for Hospitality/Food and Beverage - November 16
Commerce to begin accepting Economic Resiliency Grant applications - August 12
EIP Payments and FAQ - April 17
Payroll Protection - April 3
IRS announce plan to implement Coronavirus related paid leave - March 20
Greater North Dakota Free Business Briefing - March 18
Small Business Loan Information - March 18

To Keep Your Employees Safe

In accordance with CDC guidance for non-healthcare settings, the following suggestions should be implemented immediately:

  • Actively encourage sick employees to stay home. Employees should follow the normal notification process to inform your organization if they are sick.
  • CDC recommends that employees who appear to have acute respiratory illness symptoms (i.e. cough, shortness of breath) upon arrival to work or become sick during the day should be separated from other employees and be sent home immediately
  • Use the most effective means of communication available to remind employees of everyday preventative actions to stop the spread of germs, including:
    • Stay home when you are sick with respiratory disease symptoms.
    • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw it in the trash can.
    • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with 60%-95% alcohol.
    • Routinely clean frequently touched surfaces and objects
  • If an employee is confirmed to have COVID-19 infection, inform fellow employees of their possible exposure to COVID-19 in the workplace but maintain confidentiality as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Employees exposed to a co-worker with confirmed COVID-19 should refer to CDC guidance for how to conduct a risk assessment of their potential exposure.
  • Coordinate with your HR Department to ensure your leave and benefit policies are up to date and consider making temporary exceptions to those policy(ies) for those employees who are ill or under self-quarantine but have exhausted their leave or paid time off benefits

What You Need to Know About COVID-19
What To Do if You Are Sick with COVID-19
Cleaning and Disinfecting Guidelines for COVID-19

Local & Statewide Links

ND Response
City of Devils Lake
Greater North Dakota Chamber
Ramsey County
Lake Region District Health Unit
Devils Lake Public Schools
North Dakota Small Business Development Centers Small Business Administration
North Dakota Department of Health
World Health Organization: Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak
North Dakota Department of Labor
North Dakota Department of Commerce

North Dakota Health Hotline


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Informational Links

Hospitality Economic Resiliency Grant Special Business Briefing
Data and fact sites to assist communities, businesses, and individuals
COVID-19 Business and Employer Resources
Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Coro- navirus Page
CDC: Interim Guidance for Business and Employers
ND Department of Health (NDDOH): Coronavirus Page
US Chamber of Commerce: Combating the Coronavirus
North Dakota Dept of Commerce Business Resource Page
North Dakota Dept of Insurance COVID-19 Response

Additional Resources and Best Practices

SBDC Checklist for SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans 

Small Business Development Center (SBDC): Business Continuity
OSHA Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19
Society for Human Resource Management Guidance
Impact Dakota: Supply Chain Gap Patch
Facebook Small Business Grant Program/Application
Small Business Preparedness Quick Guide
US Chamber Resiliance in a Box
Guidance for Employers to Plan and Respond to Corona- virus
North Dakota Childcare
Strengthen ND

News about the coronavirus (COVID-19) is everywhere and concern over this virus can result in families feeling anxious. On March 13, 2020, Governor Doug Burgum declared a state of emergency for North Dakota in response to the novel COVID-19 public health crisis.
Parents, family members, and other trusted adults play an important role in helping children make sense of what they hear in a way that is honest, accurate, and minimizes anxiety or fear. Here are some great resources to help guide your conversations.

Business Checklist

  • Communication plan in place to alert management team, employees, consumers, vendors
  • Telecommuting policies
  • Work plan for school and daycare closures
  • Understanding of prioritization of work operations and how sickness or absenteeism may impact work outputs

Individual Checklist (from Google)

  • Hands: Wash them often
  • Elbow: Cough into it
  • Face: Don’t touch it
  • Feet: Stay more than 3 feet apart #socialdistancing
  • Feel sick? Stay home.