Last updated October 27, 2020
July 22 Update: Minnesota Emergency Executive Order 20-81 dictates that, starting on July 25, all Minnesotans over the age of five are required to wear face coverings that cover the nose and mouth completely in indoor spaces and businesses, and anywhere social distancing is not possible for workers working outside.
Additionally, businesses must update their COVID-19 Preparedness Plan to address these new requirements and take several steps to ensure compliance with the mandate by both staff and customers, and the details from the Minnesota Department of Health can be found here and here.
To promote the mandatory wearing of face coverings, businesses can find resources, such as poster size graphics, social media images, and window decals here, as well as here under the #MaskUpMN Materials section.
For further information and additional resources, please contact Gabriela Spence at email@example.com.
June 5 Update: On June 5, Governor Tim Walz signed Emergency Executive Order 20-74, which requires all businesses to have developed and implemented a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan by June 29, 2020. While this plan does not need to be submitted to the state, all businesses are required to have a plan that outlines the policies and procedures the business has implemented to ensure the safety and wellbeing of its employees and customers.
To ensure that businesses have guidance on how to develop these plans, the Stay Safe Minnesota website has COVID-19 Preparedness Plan guidance and industry-specific templates for employers to utilize.
Additionally, businesses may request a free Workplace Safety Consultation to assist in the creation and/or implementation of their plans. To request a Workplace Safety Consultation, an employer can call the Workplace Safety Consultation phone number at 651-284-5060 or 800-657-3776, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or submit a request online.
State of Minnesota: Stay Safe Guidance & Templates
State of Minnesota: Wear Your Mask Signs
U.S. Chamber: Ready to Reopen Playbook
MN Symptom Screener
Clean Harbors: Disinfection & Decontamination
C4 Technical Services COVID-19 Staffing
MN Department of Health: Face Covering Requirements under EO 20-81
MN Department of Health: FAQs on Requirement to Wear Face Coverings
State of Minnesota: Stay Safe MN
CDC Businesses and Workplaces
MNOSHA: Workplace Safety Consultation
OSHA: Guidance on Returning to Work
MN Department of Labor and Industry: Worker Protections During COVID-19
Gallagher: Five Steps to Reopen with COVID-19
Ecolab: Strategies for Buildings and Facilities
Middough Inc: COVID Return to Workplace Protocol
MAA Webinar: Stop the Spread
MAA Webinar: Return to Work Preparedness Plans
MN Chamber: COVID-19 Webinars