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COVID-19 Resources for Businesses

Anoka County has provided additional resources for businesses that have been impacted by COVID-19. Review the attached PDF to see if your business can receive additional help.

COVID-19 resources for businesses.pdf

Potential Masking Violation Scam

September 25, 2020

Attention restaurants and bars

Be on the lookout for potential scammers targeting restaurants and bars claiming establishments owe a fine for masking violations.

What you should know

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has become aware that restaurants are receiving calls indicating that their businesses were part of a scheduled compliance check, and that they owe a fine for masking violations. In a recent incident, none of the state agencies involved in the ongoing enforcement efforts had conducted a compliance check in the area.

What you can do

To protect your business from this scam, be aware that MDH or local public health agencies will work with you over a series of inspections to gain compliance before a fine may become necessary. Inspectors are emphasizing education and awareness, and MDH will not issue a fine on an initial inspection.

If you or someone you know has incurred financial loss due to a scam or fraud, please contact your local law enforcement.

If you have concerns or believe you are a victim of a scam, contact the Office of Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison by calling 1-800-657-3787, or submit a Consumer Assistance Request Form or Fraud Report Form.

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