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For Workers: Safely Returning to Work

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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.

Effective on June 1, 2020

Workers at restaurants and bars can return to work as long as their employer:

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

Workers at personal care services (such as hair salons, barbershops and tattoo parlors) can return to work as long as their employer:

  • Has adopted and implemented a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan
  • Limits number of clients inside the business at any time to ensure 6 feet of distance between persons except when providing services
  • Reduces occupant capacity to no more than 25%
  • Sees clients by appointment only; does not allow walk-ins
  • Requires 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 the mask.

Effective since May 18, 2020

  • Workers at retail stores, malls and other businesses that sell, rent, maintain and repair goods can return to work as long as their employer:
    • Has adopted and implemented a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan, including social distancing guidelines for workers and customers
    • Allows no more than 50% of the establishment’s occupant capacity inside at any time.
  • Workers at all businesses that were allowed to reopen under previous Executive Orders, including Critical Sector businesses and non-Critical Sector industrial and office-based businesses, can continue working.
    • 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.

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

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