The Stay Safe Order encourages Minnesotans to stay close to home but allows gatherings of friends and family of 10 people or less, if proper social distancing measures—like staying six feet apart and wearing a mask—are taken. The order also further opens retail stores and other Main Street businesses if they have a preparedness plan and operate at 50 percent occupancy.
The COVID-19 pandemic presents an unprecedented danger to Minnesotans. The Stay Safe Order is a slow turn on the dial to introduce more interaction between people over time. It is a cautious step forward, as we all continue to do our part to slow the spread of the virus and continue to protect and support those most at risk and workers, who are on the frontlines of this pandemic.
Community spread of COVID-19 in Minnesota and nationwide is increasing. There are hotspots in both rural and urban communities. We are working hard to ensure adequate hospital space for those who need it. By limiting the size of group gatherings, and slowly turning the dial to reopen our state’s businesses, we will limit the spread of COVID-19 in our communities across every corner of the state.
All Minnesotans are urged to voluntarily comply with this Executive Order. The state is working with local law enforcement and other authorities to support the order.
No. People are free to come into Minnesota, even during this order. People coming to Minnesota from other states must follow the order. To protect our neighbors, people are encouraged to stay close to home and are strongly discouraged from engaging in unnecessary travel. These measures are meant to protect Minnesotans, especially our most vulnerable neighbors.
The Stay Safe Order is effective from May 17 at 11:59 p.m. to May 31 at 11:59 p.m.
Decisions will be based on the guidance of public health experts and data. Public health officials will monitor indicators such as how many tests can be administered, the number of new COVID-19 cases, hospital capacity, the rate of increase in positive tests, the share of cases where the source of infection is not known, and the rate of hospitalizations and deaths. All those factors and more will continue to be monitored and will guide future decisions.
If you test positive for COVID-19, public health officials will contact you and ask if you agree to your address being provided to 911 dispatchers. When first responders like firefighters, emergency medical personnel, or police officers are on their way to your address, they will receive a notification from the 911 dispatcher that a person in the household has tested positive for COVID-19. Providing this information to first responders helps protect their health and safety by allowing them to take proper precautions due to a current shortage of personal protective equipment. To protect your privacy, your name and other identifying information are not shared.
During the Stay Safe Order, Minnesotans may leave their homes. If you leave your home, wear a mask and practice social distancing measures, including staying six feet between you and those around you. Individuals at heightened risk of serious COVID-19 infections are strongly urged to stay home except for necessary activities and work. People most at risk include are those:
Gatherings of groups of 10 or fewer people (regardless of age) are permitted. Even in small groups of 10 or fewer people, Minnesotans should wear face coverings and practice social distancing, that is, keeping six feet between you and those around you.
All gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited. Examples of prohibited gatherings include, but are not limited to, social, civic, community, faith-based, or leisure events, sporting or athletic events, performances, concerts, conventions, fundraisers, parades, fairs, and festivals that bring together more than 10 people from more than one household. Prohibited gatherings do not include commercial activity by workers and customers of Critical and Non-Critical Businesses.
You may receive health care, including COVID-19 testing, dental care, and other kinds of necessary medical visits. We recommend people call ahead to their health care provider or doctor before seeking medical treatment.
Barbershops and salons remain closed, but may continue to conduct retail product sales in accordance with the requirements for Non-Critical Businesses.
Under the Stay Safe order, Minnesotans in groups of 10 people or less may gather in places of worship. Even in small groups of 10 or fewer people, Minnesotans should wear face coverings and practice social distancing measures, that is, keeping six feet between you and those around you. As in other settings, gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited. Minnesotans and faith-based communities should follow MDH’s Guidance for Faith Based Communities.
Restaurants and bars remain closed for dine-in service. Restaurants and bars can continue to offer food for takeout or delivery.
Like other outdoor activities, going to a playground is allowed under the Stay Safe Order. Families and guardians should be careful to ensure children wash hands after touching play structures and maintain six feet of space from other children as much as possible. Although the Governor’s order doesn’t close playgrounds, they may be closed by local authorities.
Minnesotans in groups of 10 people or less may gather for sobriety support meetings. As in other settings, gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited. More information can be found in MDH’s Guidance for Faith Based Communities . Even in small groups of 10 or fewer individuals, Minnesotans should wear face coverings and practice social distancing measures, that is, keeping six feet between you and those around you. Sobriety support groups are encouraged to provide virtual meetings or meetings by telephone for members who need assistance and support during this trying time. Please refer to the following resources to learn more about accessing remote sobriety support:
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA):
Narcotics Anonymous (NA):
Outdoor recreation is permitted, provided it adheres to paragraph 6 of this Executive Order and the Outdoor Recreation Guidelines available at DNR’s website. This permission does not extend to charter boats, launches, or facilities that involve prohibited gatherings or people in groups or close proximity (e.g., mini golf, pools, commercial outdoor racetracks, and concert venues). Some indoor facilities associated with outdoor recreational facilities covered by must remain closed.
Camping in dispersed sites is allowed starting on May 18. Developed campgrounds remain closed.
Yes, people may travel to return to their home or residence.
Although the Stay Safe Order doesn’t prohibit traveling to or from a cabin, the Governor strongly urges all Minnesotans to stay near their primary residences. Staying close to home helps protect your neighbors from spreading COVID-19 and avoids crowding rural medical facilities. Avoiding this kind of travel makes us all safer and healthier.
To slow the spread of COVID-19, any Minnesotan who can work from home must do so. Workers who qualified for a Critical Sector exemption under Executive Order 20-48 may continue to work in the same way as allowed under previous executive orders. Workers for non-critical businesses can return to work when their employer has completed and implemented a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan.
If there is a dispute about an employee's ability to work from home, we encourage the employer and employee to work collaboratively to come up with a solution in light of the order's directive that all critical sector workers who can work from home must do so. If a dispute remains unresolved, employees can contact the State Emergency Operations Center hotline numbers: 651-297-1304 or 800-657-3504 (toll free). The Minnesota Department of Public Safety will work with local law enforcement officials to ensure compliance with the Order. The Governor's focus is on education and voluntary compliance with the Order, but the Order has the force of law and a willful (intentional) violation is a misdemeanor and a gross misdemeanor for business owners, managers, or supervisors. Businesses that fail to comply with the Order could also face civil penalties up to $25,000 per occurrence and an injunction to stop the violation.