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For Businesses: Safely Returning to Work


Governor Tim Walz and state agencies including the Department of Employment and Economic Development, Department of Health, and Department of Labor and Industry are working together to gradually allow more businesses to reopen, serve customers, and safely return Minnesotans to work.

New Industry Guidance Documents Are Available

Additional Businesses Reopening Soon

Effective 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.

Effective since May 18, 2020

  • All retail stores, malls and other businesses that sell, rent, maintain and repair goods can reopen for in-person sales as long as they:
    • Have adopted and implemented a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan, including social distancing guidelines for workers and customers
    • Allow no more than 50% of the establishment's occupant capacity inside 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.
    • Industrial or manufacturing businesses can also reopen co-located retail facilities as long as they also follow the restrictions outlined in Executive Order 20-56.
    • Critical Sector businesses that were never closed can continue to operate under the guidance in Executive Order 20-48.

All workers who are able to work from home should continue to do so.

Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to your frequently asked questions related to Safely Returning to Work.

Additional Resources for Businesses

Additional resources available for businesses.

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