As Minnesota moves into Phase three of the #StaySafe MN plan today, non-critical businesses may open provided they adopt and implement a COVID-19 preparedness plan.
Learn more about safely returning to work and view industry guidance on safely reopening businesses including restaurants and bars, personal care services and salons; and, retail and outdoor recreation to name a few.
To support businesses in safely reopening, the Minnesota Department of Economic Development has developed comprehensive guidelines as well as answers to frequently asked questions.
While there are non-essential services opening, the executive order strongly encourages:
  • Wearing masks and face coverings.
  • Staying home if at-risk.
  • Avoiding unnecessary travel.
  • Limiting indoor social gatherings to 10 people or less; and, outdoor social gatherings to 25 people or less.
  • Holding remote meetings (legislative and governmental).
  • Continuing to work from home wherever possible.
  • Social distancing by staying at least six feet away from others.
Prior to the announcement of Phase 3, many restaurants, bars and other food service businesses prepared their patios to provide for six-feet of distance between customers. Some businesses expanded their outside serving areas, while others adjusted based on room available. The collage below presents some examples.