Operating safely during COVID-19

Everyone in the City also has a role in making sure our communities are as safe as possible to reopen and remain open during COVID-19.

Use these resources and guidelines to keep workers and customers safe at your business or community organization.

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View general business guidance

Read about guidance for all businesses from StaySafeMN

See the MN Stay Safe Plan

This chart outlines Minnesota's phased-in approach to reopening

Guidance for restaurants, bars, and breweries/distilleries

Starting May 7, 2021 Outdoor restrictions for less than 500 people have been lifted. Indoor restrictions and masking mandates still apply.

See guidance for restaurants, bars, and breweries/distilleries

Resources for business owners

Due to the ongoing public health emergency, Governor Walz and the State of Minnesota are now requiring that all businesses must have a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan implemented for reopening, or no later than June 29, 2020 for critical sector businesses. The City has collected resources for business owners to help create this essential Preparedness Plan, along with other resources to help your business navigate COVID-19.

Resources for employees

Under the City’s sick and safe time ordinance, employers are required to provide access to sick leave (or more generous leave) to all employees in Minneapolis. Leave must be paid by employers (unless they employ five or fewer workers) and accrual and use balances must be provided on pay stubs.

An employee's accrued sick and safe time hours are legally protected for their use due to COVID-19 symptoms, testing or infection. Protection extends to the employee and the employee's care of a covered family member. Learn more about how COVID-19 impacts sick and safe time protections. 

Additional resources

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