Yesterday, Governor Walz announced a phased plan to safely reopen restaurants, bars, and personal care services. (This is certainly NOT what we were expecting however, we continue to turn the dial). Beginning on June 1, 2020:
Restaurants and bars can reopen for outdoor service only:
• Location: Outdoors
• Capacity: No more than 50 customers; 6 feet of distance must be maintained
• Reservations: Required
• Masks: Required for workers, strongly recommended for customers
Hair salons, barbershops, and tattoo parlors can reopen to provide indoor services:
• Capacity: No more than 25%; 6 feet of distance except when providing services
• Appointments: Required
• Masks: Required for workers and customers

On a side note, employers are NOT allowed to have employees sign a waiver regarding contracting Covid-19 as this directly violates workers compensation law.

Stay Safe MN General Guide for Businesses to reopen.
Below are industry-specific guidance documents for businesses to aide in the development of its COVID-19 Preparedness Plan. For additional information or assistance in developing a plan, businesses can contact MNOSHA Workplace Safety Consultation at 651-284-5060 or

Minnesota has made good progress on slowing the spread of COVID-19. As we continue the process of reopening our economy and returning to work and activities we enjoy, we must continue social distancing practices to save lives and stay safe. This chart outlines Minnesota's phased in approach to reopening various business and social settings.

For more information on guidance for reopening, visit the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. Facial coverings are strongly recommended at all times, and that all non-Critical Sector businesses are required to have adopted and implemented a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan. 

Business hasn't stopped, and your Chamber hasn't either. We're all in this together.......Stay healthy!