Return to Work Resources

June 15  

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 protected].

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 [email protected], or submit a request online.


Templates and Checklists

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

Zipnosis ZipCheck

C4 Technical Services COVID-19 Staffing

Guidance and Resources

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

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