April 16, 2020
Minnesota has the lowest incidence rate of the Coronavirus in the U.S.A. – we rank 51st out of the 50 states and Washington D.C. Our incidence rate is 20.6 per 100,000, North Dakota’s rate is 31.2, Wisconsin’s rate is 44, New Yorks rate is 915. Our low rating is due to staying home, following social distancing, and our governor’s timing of early actions by strictly following his medical advisors.
We applied for the SBA PPP loan on April 7th, we were approved on April 8th, and the loan was deposited into our bank account April 15th. We brought our full-time staff back to full capacity and increased our part-time workers to their previous hours after minimizing their hours prior to the SBA loan.
We are designing and manufacturing dome homes, fulfilling many skylight orders, writing contracts for our dome systems, shipping dome components, and planning other deliveries based on the customer’s schedule, this year or next year.
We are not sure when we will open our facilities for public visits, tentatively planning a dome school for July 10-12, 2020. Check out our Virtual Dome Tour on May 16 by clicking here.
April 10, 2020
The MN Governor Tim Walz has extended the stay at home order through May 4th. We have noticed many early summer events in June have been canceled.
April 7, 2020
CoronaVirus notice: Obviously all of our lives have changed drastically in the last month. At Natural Spaces Domes we continue to carry on designing and fabricating our domes… just in a different way.
Our facilities have been closed to the public since early March. We are all doing well with the office staff working remotely and our shops continuing to hum with activity. Just one man per shop dome. We will continue to do this as long as it is necessary to assure that everyone stays healthy. In Minnesota, our “stay at home mandate” at this point is until April 10, but we are quite sure that it will need to be extended. Thankfully, our construction and factory work is considered an “essential service”.
For safety sake, clearly we will not be able to have our “live” Dome Tour on May 16. If possible, we anticipate having one later in the summer and we hope that you can attend. Our May 16 Dome Tour will become a virtual tour. We are also postponing our June Dome School until July 10,11,12 (Bucky’s Birthday!).
This decision was not taken lightly. Our concern for tour-goers, school students, dome homeowners and our staff’s safety with all of the close contact that these events require, has brought us to this point. We continue to closely monitor COVID-19 developments in our state, region, nationwide and the global impact, listening to our state and national medical and scientific experts. We do not follow hunches, guesses, and rumors.
We recognize this situation remains very fluid. You, as our customer, are our priority and we will make every effort to keep our facilities a safe place to visit in the future.