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Safely Returning to Work

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Minnesota has made good progress on slowing the spread of COVID-19. As we continue the process of reopening our economy and returning more Minnesotans to work, we must continue social distancing practices to save lives and stay safe.

New Industry Guidance Documents Are Available


Additional Businesses Reopening Soon

Beginning on June 1, 2020

Restaurants and bars can reopen for outdoor service only as long as they:

  • Have adopted and implemented a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan
  • Ensure a minimum of 6 feet of distance between tables
  • Limit on-premises capacity to no more than 50 persons
  • Limit table service to 4 persons, or 6 if part of one family unit
  • Require reservations in advance
  • Require workers to wear masks and strongly encourage masks be worn by customers

Personal care services (such as hair salons, barbershops and tattoo parlors) can reopen to provide services indoor as long as they:

  • Have adopted and implemented a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan
  • Limit number of clients inside the business at any time to ensure 6 feet of distance between persons except when providing services
  • Reduce occupant capacity to no more than 25%
  • See clients by appointment only; do not allow walk-ins
  • Require workers and clients to wear masks at all times. For services where the client cannot wear a mask, the worker should add a face shield in addition to their mask.

Executive Order 20-56 allowed all retail stores, malls and other businesses that sell, rent, maintain and repair goods to open beginning on Monday, May 18 as long as they have adopted and implemented a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan including social distancing guidelines for workers and customers, and allow no more than 50% of the establishment’s occupant capacity at any time.

All businesses that have been allowed to reopen under previous Executive Orders, including Critical Sector businesses and non-Critical Sector industrial and office-based businesses, can continue operations as previously allowed. Further guidance on what businesses and activities are currently allowed can be found here.

All workers who have previously been working from home must continue doing so under Executive Order 20-56.

We must continue to protect public health as we turn the dials and allow more Minnesotans to safely return to work. The state continues to monitor a number of factors when allowing business to reopen, including sustained control of the rate of new infections and hospitalizations, enhanced ability to test and trace, sufficient health care capacity to handle resurgence, and best practices for social distancing that minimize the amount of time that people spend in close proximity to others.

Input from businesses, workers and community members is essential in making sure we do this right. Please provide your input or feedback about safely returning to work.

We have prepared a number of Frequently Asked Questions, which can be found on the Business and Worker pages below. If you have additional questions about Safely Returning to Work, please use this form.

Join the Conversation

DEED's Commissioner Steve Grove, DNR's Commissioner Sarah Strommen, DLI's Commissioner Nancy Leppink, MDH's Assistant Commissioner Daniel Huff, and DEED's Chief of Staff Anna Peterson, will be on hand Thursday, May 21 from 11:00 to 11:45 a.m. to answer questions about Industry Guidance on Safely Returning to Work. Join them via Teams.

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