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stay-safe-mn-clrBy staying home, Minnesotans successfully pushed out the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic and bought our state time to get ready to treat those who fall ill. In that time, we have:

  • Built out hospital capacity 
  • Increased ventilators and ICU beds
  • Worked with public and private partners, as well as individual Minnesotans, to source personal protective equipment
  • Launched a landmark testing strategy with Mayo Clinic and the University of Minnesota to test every symptomatic Minnesotan

We know there’s no stopping the storm of COVID-19 from hitting Minnesota, but we have made significant strides to prepare for it. And work remains to ensure that individuals and communities across the state have the resources that they need to weather the storm.

Peak projections without preventative measures: 3,000 - 7,500 in May. Peak projections with preventative measures: 500 - 5,000 in July. For both scenarios, the number of monitored beds is 4,000, and the 72-hour surge capacity is about 2,500.

Cautious Steps Forward

Now, we are slowly moving the dial and introducing more interaction between people over time. As we take cautious steps forward, it is more important than ever that we protect those most at risk, support workers, and all do our part to slow the spread of the virus. We continue to encourage Minnesotans to:

  • All Minnesotans who can work from home must do so
  • Wash your hands often
  • Get tested when sick
  • Maintain social distance
  • Wear a mask
  • Stay home when able

We also urge everyone to pay attention to their mental health. This is a stressful time and help is available. If you are experiencing a mental health crisis and you can find resources on our Mental Health Support page.

Beginning May 18, retail stores and main street businesses reopened with social distancing plans and 50 percent capacity. Additionally, on June 1, bars and restaurants are allowed to reopen for patio and outdoor service with social distancing and capacity of no more than 50 people at one time. Masks are required for workers, and strongly recommended for customers. Salons and barbershops will be allowed to open at 25 percent occupancy to ensure the safety of both the employees and customers inside. In both industries, customers are required to wear masks, make reservations, and adhere to social distancing requirements in order to keep themselves, other customers and employees safe. For guidance on how to safely reopen bars, restaurants, barbershops, and salons beginning June 1, visit the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.

Also, starting May 18, Minnesotans are welcome to gather with friends and family in groups of 10 or less with safe social distancing practices in place. 

Safely adjusting the dials graphic. This graphic has a lot of text, we encourage you to download and listen to the accessible PDF named "Safely Adjusting the Dials."

Safely Adjusting the Dials (PDF)

Importantly, this situation is fluid, and will be prepared to dial back if we need to. We will continue to follow the guidance of public health experts and make data-driven decisions.

We will monitor the rate of new cases, testing capacity, the percent of COVID-19 tests that are positive, and the percent of COVID-19 cases for which the source of infection if unknown. If there are sudden increases, we may move the dial back. More information on the data we are tracking can be found in our Response and Preparation Capacity section. 

Stay Safe MN Executive Orders

As we allow for more interaction between people, we must protect those in our communities that are most vulnerable to the virus. Find out more about Governor Walz and Lt. Governor Flanagan’s executive order to strongly encourage Minnesotans at greatest risk of serious illness to continue staying home while providing them with additional protections.

Whenever we make any movement to ease restrictions, we must also protect the safety of those returning to work. Our state’s health care workers, emergency responders, and other professionals are doing their jobs under demanding and stressful conditions to provide services to Minnesotans. Find out more about Governor Walz and Lt. Governor Flanagan’s executive order to safeguard workers.

More about the Stay Safe MN Executive Order.

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