Executive order allows more businesses to reopen

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Governor Walz signed a new executive order on Thursday to begin reopening businesses that are focused on non-customer-facing businesses. This new order will mainly affect manufacturing, industrial, and office settings. A list of conditions and further information about the order is available here.

Under the order, businesses will need to create a plan that demonstrates employee hygiene processes and cleaning and disinfecting practices. Businesses will still be encouraged to allow those employees who can work from home to do so, and sick employees will still be required to stay at home.

Executive Order 20-40 makes no changes to the definitions of Critical Workers/Sectors from Governor Walz’s Executive Order 20-33. Critical Workers/Sectors can be open as they were before this order. This order allows non-Critical Sector Workers in industrial and office settings to go back to work, with certain conditions. 

The Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry has introduced a template for businesses to use in creating plans that adhere to health guidelines that would allow them to re-open.

The template for businesses is available online here: www.dli.mn.gov/sites/default/files/pdf/COVID_19_business_plan_template.pdf

Once a business has a plan developed, they should email it to DLICovidPlan@state.mn.us. Under the peacetime emergency, Governor Walz has the authority to add further exemptions to the state’s stay-at-home order, including the industries and businesses that would be classified as essential. 

Thousands of Minnesota businesses have submitted ideas for how to follow CDC and MDH guidelines at work. 

More updates for workers and businesses are available at: www.dli.mn.gov/updates.