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"pandemic interviews"

Pandemic Interviews

Fred Gommels & area TV stations

# 1 interview

June 10, 2020 KIMT 3

Blue Moon Ballroom - reopening

https://www.kimt.com/content/news/Blue-Moon-Ballroom-ready-to-welcome-back-celebrations-571175201.html

 

# 2 interview

July 27, 2020 KAAL 6

Blue Moon Ballroom - business assistance A

https://www.kaaltv.com/rochester-minnesota-news/rochester-minnesota-covid-19-federal-funding-latest/5808733/?cat=10151

 

# 3 interview

Aug 27, 2020 KTTC 10

Blue Moon Ballroom - business assistance B

https://kttc.com/2020/08/27/supporting-small-business-state-loan-program-helps-keep-business-afloat/

 

Oct 14, 2020 KAAL 6

# 4 interview

Martial Art Fitness Center - PPP grant

https://www.kaaltv.com/coronavirus/ppp-loan-forgiveness-uncertainty/5895391/

 

# 5 interview

Oct 15, 2020 KIMT 3

Blue Moon Ballroom – grand reopening

https://www.kimt.com/content/video/572760331.html

 

# 6 interview

Dec 15, 2020 KAAL 6

Martial Art Fitness Center - MN covid relief bill

https://www.kaaltv.com/coronavirus/minnesota-covid-19-relief-bill-latest/5951712/

 

# 7 interview

Dec 31, 2020 KIMT 3

Blue Moon Ballroom - New Year’s on hold

https://www.kimt.com/content/news/Local-New-Years-tradition-put-on-pause-573507101.html

 

# 8 interview

Jan 11, 2021 KIMT 3

Blue Moon Ballroom – reopening from 2nd shutdown

https://www.kimt.com/content/news/Businesses-enjoy-partial-reopening-as-others-wait-for-further-lessening-of-restrictions-573572471.html

# 9 interview

Mar 9, 2021 KIMT 3

Blue Moon Ballroom – restrictions should be lifted

https://www.kimt.com/content/news/Businesses-hope-for-lifted-restrictions-as-vaccine-eligibility-expands-573949171.html

# 10 interview

Mar 10, 2021 KTTC 10

Blue Moon Ballroom – tough time for reception venues

https://kttc.com/2021/03/10/minnesota-event-halls-hope-to-see-changes-soon-2/

# 11 interview

Mar 12, 2021 KTTC 10

Blue Moon Ballroom – reception venue restrictions loosened

https://kttc.com/2021/03/12/springing-back-to-life-rochester-events-and-venues-welcoming-more-people-as-restrictions-gradually-lift/

 

Pandemic Perspectives

updated 05-26-2021

The only word we can think of, as a business, to describe what we went through is "traumatic". And of course, the worst of any situation is always fear of the "unknown". But at least now we are on the other side and hopefully on the path to full recovery.

 

This was the most challenging year ever. Initially we worked hard and fast anytime the opportunity came up to apply for various SBA help and other grants, the PPPs and loans. We were able to secure some of those to help us survive. 

 

Wedding receptions and other private rentals are what pays the bills here. The dance lessons and social dance events are really just supplemental income. The receptions were pretty much shut down completely for months. And people were also very slow to even call or email to inquire about booking an event. But now, with the restrictions lifted, we are slowly regaining momentum. 

We extend our gratitude to all who supported us in various ways during these difficult times. We have been in business since 2006, and are looking forward to many more good years ahead.

Fred Gommels

Pandemic Perspectives

updated 03-17-2021

On this date one year ago at 5pm exactly, the state of MN required the closure of all bars, restaurants, gyms and non-essential businesses. A traumatic moment for many. This came with great uncertainty and IMPENDING DOOM. 

 

Streets were vacant, city lights were dim, social life was at a stand still. Some lost loved ones, others experienced the virus itself. And many lost their livelihood whether it be their job or a business. 

 

We have had to adjust, be resilient, and learn to wait.

 

Today after much adversity, conflict, illness (physical, mental, social) and death...there is hope. The vaccines are moving, restrictions are loosened...we are experiencing IMERGING LIBERTY and a return to normality. If any good at all has come of this pandemic....may we all have become more caring, patient and empathetic with each other. 

Fred Gommels

Pandemic Perspectives Cont...

Updated 01-01-2021

It has been a challenge to navigate this pandemic with all of the protocols, shutdowns, and changing restrictions. At least we have managed to acquire some grants and low interest loans which are helpful to keep things afloat

Many have expressed how much they miss our bands, milongas and Blue Moon Mix dance events. We look forward to those starting back up.

 

Our reception schedule is quite full for 2021 as you can see here: https://www.bluemoonballroom.com/reception-calendar Wedding receptions have so many restrictions that we weren't able to host any until recently. Hopefully back to full operation soon.

 

We would like to thank each of you who have helped us here at the Blue Moon by taking private lessons, paying for lessons in advance, donating to this cause and staying in touch with us. 

Fred Gommels