Businesses and Employers: COVID-19 - Minnesota Dept. of Health
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Businesses and Employers: COVID-19

Consider establishing business or organizational requirements or recommendations that address proven public health mitigation strategies, such as social distancing and face coverings. Depending on the type of business, certain mitigation strategies may also be required by Executive Order (see below for details and effective dates) or federal, state, and local law.

Public health mitigation strategies are especially important when COVID-19 vaccination rates of staff and/or visitors are either low or unknown, in settings that primarily serve children who are not eligible for vaccination (under age 12) and/or who were recently eligible and may not be fully vaccinated (ages 12-15), and in settings that serve high-risk populations with weaker immune systems.

Under Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) laws, employers will continue to be responsible for providing a safe and healthy workplace free from recognized hazards likely to cause death or serious physical harm. For additional employer resources on these obligations, visit:

General business guidance

  • Stay Safe Guidance for All Businesses
    This guidance requires all businesses and places of public accommodation to have a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan. It applies from Friday, May 28, 2021 until June 30, 2021 or until 70% of Minnesotans aged 16+ receive at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, whichever is earlier. Planning guidance and plan templates are provided.

  • CDC: Workplaces and Businesses
    More information about COVID-19 and workplaces.

Health guidance

MDH and CDC have issued several guidance documents for employers.

Additional resources

Contact us

  • IDEPC Comment Form
    Use this form to contact the Minnesota Department of Health for questions or comments about health related issues or this web page.
  • Contact the State of Minnesota
    Use this contact form for questions or comments related to businesses and employment or other non-health related issues.

Updated Thursday, 10-Jun-2021 14:46:20 CDT