UPDATED: Minnesota’s COVID-19 Stay Safe Plan

Gov. Tim Walz’s Stay at Home order has been replaced by new guidelines

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UPDATED: May 20, 2020

On May 18, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz replaced the stay-at-home order with a new Stay Safe Plan with the goal of continuing to slow the spread of COVID-19. For the latest on current testing, cases, and deaths, the Minnesota Department of Health has information here.

Retail stores and main street businesses, such as malls, are permitted to reopen as long as they have a social distancing plan and operate at 50% capacity.

Bars and restaurants can reopen on June 1. On that date, restaurants can open for outdoor dining only and additional social distancing measures will be put in place. Barbershops, tattoo parlors, and salons can open at 25% capacity, with appointments required, and masks mandatory for both workers and customers. Gyms and entertainment venues remain closed.

Minnesotans are permitted to gather with friends and family in groups of 10 or fewer, as long as they observe safe social distancing practices. They are permitted to attend drive-in gatherings. Churches and houses of worship are closed to groups of 10 or more, but Walz is expected to address new guidelines soon.

Residents who do not work in critical sectors (health care, law enforcement, utilities, media, essential manufacturing, child care, emergency responders, food production) are still asked to limit trips outside their home when able.

Essential needs trips include, but are not limited to:

  • Health and safety activities
  • Necessary supplies and services (groceries)
  • Care of others
  • Displacement
  • Relocation to ensure safety

When you do leave your home, it is important to practice social distancing, and it is recommended that you wear a mask when around other people.

Farmers markets, post offices, hardware stores, funeral homes, pharmacies, banks, liquor stores, and food shelves are ordered to remain open. So will airports, roads, and public transit.

The statewide distance learning plan remains in effect until the end of the school year.

What does shelter-in-place mean?

States who have enacted the order are asking residents to stay in their home except when leaving to get essential needs (e.g. trips to the pharmacy, grocery store, gas stations, banks). This order was lifted on May 18. However, the new guidelines note, “Importantly, this situation is fluid, and will be prepared to dial back if we need to.”

What does this look like for restaurants?

Minnesota’s restaurants will be open for outdoor dining June 1. More guidance here.

Can I still go outdoors?

Yes, states that have implemented the order are still allowing residents to go outdoors for exercise, to walk the dog, or to go for a hike (keeping in mind social distancing). Golfing, boating, and “dispersed and remote” overnight camping are now permitted. Summer day camps are allowed, but not overnight camps. Campgrounds open on June 1 with guidance.

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