Governor Walz recently announced a three-part plan that eases COVID-19 restrictions. The mask mandate is not scheduled to end until July 1, 2021 or when 70% of Minnesotans age 16 and older are vaccinated. The State emphasized local governments and businesses may still require masks and have other requirements beyond July 1. The City will continue weighing public health data in determining when to lift restrictions in Minneapolis. Watch for City of Minneapolis news in the following weeks and check with businesses before you go. Until then, we are still under an Executive Order from the State, and an Emergency Regulation with the city requiring the use of masks indoors.
As Minneapolis families and residents consider plans to go back to work and school, it is critically important to continue prioritizing our public health and prevent the spread of COVID-19. To ensure the safety of our residents and workforce, the following Mayoral Guidance is being shared.
Employer Provided Masks
- While we wait for restrictions to lift in the coming months, employers that are not already doing so, should provide appropriate masks to their employees, free of charge
- Current City of Minneapolis Emergency Regulation 2020-12 requires individuals wear cloth masks/face coverings when in indoor spaces of public accommodation
- Current State of Minnesota Emergency Executive Order 20-81 requires a face covering must be worn in an indoor business or public indoor space, including when waiting outdoors to enter an indoor business or public indoor space
- All employers that have not been able to secure masks in another way because of economic hardship or access to supplies, can request them free of charge
- Supplies will be couriered or mailed to individuals and employers upon request
Employer Provided COVID Safety Training and Preparedness
- The State of Minnesota, through Emergency Executive Order 20-56, 20-63, 20-74, and 21-21 requires employers to provide training to employees, as outlined in the COVID Preparedness Plan requirement.
- Employers in the City of Minneapolis should 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 City of Minneapolis COVID-19 for business owners training
- Watch MN Department of Labor and Industry worker protections video
- You can help employees understand their rights by following this decision tree tool.
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.
If you may have COVID-19, you must stay home and isolate for a minimum of 10 days from the date your symptoms develop, or you test positive to prevent ongoing transmission. If you may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, you should quarantine and get tested.
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. In particular, young people and their families should get tested every two weeks from now until the end of the school year.
The Minneapolis Health Department offers employers free saliva testing kits and on-site testing for businesses.
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:
The Minneapolis Health Department offers employers community presentations on vaccinations.
Request a community presentation on vaccinations (available in English, Spanish, Somali, and Hmong)
Additional safety requirements, protocols, and resources are available.