Business and employees

We offer resources and information for employers and employees.

COVID-19 safety protocols

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

When you wear a mask, you protect yourself and others. A mask should not be considered a substitute for social distancing.  

See the MN Department of Health recommendations

With the addition of new variants that can increase virus transmission, it is important to get tested to help stop the spread of the virus. 


COVID-19 impacts to sick and safe time

Under the City’s sick and safe time ordinance, employers with six or more workers are required to provide time off at a minimum threshold of at least one hour of paid sick time for every 30 hours worked. Employers with five or fewer workers must also provide sick time, but it may be unpaid.

An employee's accrued sick and safe time hours are legally protected for their use due to coronavirus symptoms, testing or infection, both for the employee and for the employee to care for a covered family member, including for:

  • Coronavirus screening
  • Care or quarantine due to coronavirus symptoms or infection
  • Testing or quarantine following close personal contact with a coronavirus infected or symptomatic person
  • Covered family members' school or place-of-care closure due to coronavirus
  • Workplace closure by order of a public official due to coronavirus

For more details on how sick and safe time can be used during the coronavirus outbreak, read the frequently asked questions about COVID-19 and the sick and safe time ordinance on

Department of Labor guidance

View fact sheets and questions & answers from the U.S. Department of Labor.

Additional resources

Send requests for masks and testing kits to

The City has additional information on testing sites and guidance about what to do while you wait for COVID-19 test results.

Learn more about COVID-19 testing

For information about vaccinations and testing clinics, available in other languages: 

Visit the City’s vaccine web page 

Additional resources and information regarding relevant state and federal law and resources:

Contact us

Minneapolis Health Department




Public Service Building
505 Fourth Ave. S., Room 520
Minneapolis, MN 55415