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What Can and Cannot be Open

All non-Critical Sector businesses that have been allowed to reopen on or after April 27, 2020 must adopt and implement a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan. The state has provided a template plan, and industry-specific guidance to aide in the development of a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan.

What can be open

Beginning June 1, 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

Beginning June 1, personal care services (such as hair and nail 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.

As of May 18, all retail stores, malls and other businesses that sell, rent, maintain and repair goods can be open 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

In addition, all industrial and office-based settings that have previously been allowed to reopen can continue operations and are also permitted to open co-located retail facilities following the same restrictions identified in Executive Order 20-56.

Critical Sector Businesses (see below).

What cannot be open yet

  • Gyms and fitness studios are still prohibited from opening at this time.
  • Other places of public amusement, such as museums, zoos, concerts, race tracks, auctions, bowling alleys and indoor event venues are still prohibited from opening.

Why can't some businesses be open yet?

  • Based on what we know at this point about COVID-19, there are two primary ways you can pick up the infection:
    • Coming into close contact with a person who has COVID-19. There are key factors to this type of transmission: How close you are to another person and how long you are in close proximity to another person. Another issue is how predicable the setting is regarding maintaining social distancing. We are considering these factors as we turn the dials and allow more businesses to reopen.
    • Touching a contaminated surface and then touching your eyes, nose or mouth. You can prevent this from happening by washing your hands with warm, soapy water for at least 20 seconds, and by not touching your eyes, nose or mouth when you haven't washed your hands.
  • We are working closely with businesses, industry groups, labor organizations and public health professionals to outline clear and detailed health and safety guidelines to allow these types of businesses to reopen in some capacity soon.

What about Critical Workers/Sectors?

Executive Order 20-56 makes no changes to the definitions of Critical Workers/Sectors from Governor Walz's previous orders. Critical Sectors can be open, as they were before this order. Critical Sectors are required to comply with CDC and MDH COVID-19 Guidelines and OSHA standards on COVID-19.  Please review the Critical Sectors guidance for information and clarifications about what workers are considered Critical Sector.

What if I need more information?

First, please review the Critical Sectors guidance for information and clarifications about what workers are considered Critical Sector.

If you still have a question about whether your business can currently be operating in Minnesota, you can email CriticalSectors@state.mn.us.

If you have additional questions about Safely Returning to Work, please use this form.

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