Business and employees
Employer Provided COVID Safety Training and Preparedness
Employers in the City of Minneapolis may provide employees access to COVID safety training
- The training should cover health safety protocols, worker protections, and workers compensation
- The employer should allow the employee to obtain this training during work hours
- Watch MN Department of Labor and Industry worker protections video
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.
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.
- If you have questions about health procedures, contact COVID19@minneapolismn.gov or call the Minnesota Department of Health hotline at 651-201-3920.
- Food and lodging businesses, and those with pools, please consult this additional guidance from the Minneapolis Health Department.
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 sicktimeinfo.minneapolismn.gov
Department of Labor guidance
View fact sheets and questions & answers from the U.S. Department of Labor.
Send requests for masks and testing kits to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The City has additional information on testing sites and guidance about what to do while you wait for COVID-19 test results.
For information about vaccinations and testing clinics, available in other languages:
Additional resources and information regarding relevant state and federal law and resources:
- Family Medical Leave Act
- Minnesota OSHA COVID-19 information
- Minnesota Department of Health COVID-19 employer guidance
- Minnesota worker protections related to COVID-19
- COVID-19 or other public health emergencies and the Fair Labor Standards Act questions and answers
- COVID-19 or other public health emergencies and the Family and Medical Leave Act questions and answers
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