Governor Tim Walz is relaxing some COVID-19 restrictions on Minnesota businesses, and officials say 80- to 100-thousand employees in manufacturing, industrial, and office settings — but not retail — could be back at work as soon as Monday. Businesses must have a COVID preparedness plan, and Employment/Economic Development Commissioner Steve Grove encourages employers to work with employees on it:

“Not only are you gonna get good ideas from your employees, but investing them in the process of building a plan for your workplace means that they’ll understand it better and you’ll all be on the same page about exactly what your business is gonna do as you begin this process of re-opening.”

COVID preparedness plans must include health-screening of employees, making sure sick workers stay home, and employees working from home if possible.   There’s a template on the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry’s website that businesses can use as a starting point.