Business and employees

We offer resources and information for employers and employees.

Keeping healthy during COVID-19

The best available guidance for avoiding COVID-19 is to take the same precautions you take for colds and flu:


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

Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), which took effect April 1, 2020, includes Paid Sick Leave and Expanded Family Leave for all private employers with fewer than 500 employees. Employees are eligible for up to two weeks (or 10 days) of paid sick leave, subject to an 80-hour cap for full-time employees.

  • This leave will be reimbursed in full through an immediate offset against payroll taxes.
  • This paid sick leave is in addition to any accrued sick leave under Minneapolis’ Sick & Safe Time ordinance and employees can use this federal emergency paid sick leave before using accrued sick and safe time.

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

Additional resources

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

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Minneapolis Health Department




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