Planning Template Available for Minnesota Businesses on Re-opening

ST. PAUL, Minn. – As Minnesota prepares to enter a new phase in its response to COVID-19, the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry has introduced a template for businesses to use in their efforts to create plans that adhere to health guidelines that would allow them to re-open.

“There are businesses throughout the state that could re-open with mitigation and safety standards in place, but who are being told that they cannot, putting them in an impossible situation,” said Senator Erik Simonson (DFL-Duluth). “This template announced by the Department of Labor and Industry provides businesses with a real actionable step for getting back to work. I encourage business owners to take advantage of this opportunity and submit their own plans as quickly as possible.”

The template for businesses is available online here: Once a business has a plan developed, they should email them to 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. More updates for workers and businesses are available at:

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