Due to Emergency Executive Order 20-81, beginning Friday, July 24, 2020 at 11:59 p.m., Minnesotans must wear a face covering in indoor businesses and indoor public settings. Workers must also wear coverings outdoors when it is not possible to maintain social distancing. When leaving home, Minnesotans are always strongly encouraged to have a face covering with them at all times to be prepared to comply with the requirements of this Executive Order.
Business and Businesses are broadly defined to include entities that employ or engage workers, including private-sector entities, public-sector entities, non-profit entities, and state, county, and local governments.
Situations where face coverings are mandatory related to our industry include:
1) In an indoor business or public indoor space, including when waiting outdoors to enter an indoor business or public indoor space.
2) For workers working outdoors in situation where social distancing cannot be maintained
3) In any other businesses, venue, or public space which has opted to require a face covering when not required to do so under Executive Order 20-81.
Face coverings may be temporarily removed when an individual is alone, including alone in an office, a room, a cubicle with walls that are higher than face level when social distancing is maintained, or in a vehicle.
Additional Business Requirements include:
1) Inclusion of face coverings requirements in businesses’ COVID-19 Preparedness Plans. All businesses must update their COVID-19 Preparedness Plan to include the face covering requirements of the Executive Order, including those that have been incorporated into the Industry Guidance applicable to their business available on the Stay Safe Minnesota website (https://staysafe.mn.gov)
2) Notice of face coverings requirements. Businesses must post one or more signs that are visible to all persons – including workers, customers, and visitors-instructing them to wear face coverings as required in the Executive Order.
3) The business must make reasonable efforts to enforce this order with respect to workers, customers, and visitors.
Implementations of face covering requirements by businesses include:
1) Businesses must require that all persons, including their workers, customers, and visitors, wear face coverings as required by the Executive Order.
2) When possible, businesses must provide accommodations to persons who state they have a medical condition, mental health conditions, or disability that makes it unreasonable for a person to maintain a face covering.
3) Businesses may not require a customer to provide proof of a medical condition, mental health condition, or disability or require a customer to explain the nature or their conditions or disability.
4) Nothing in the Executive Order requires businesses or their workers to enforce this requirement when it is unsafe to do so, or authorizes them to restrain, assault, or physically remove workers or customers who refuse to comply with the Executive Order.
A) Individual Violations: Petty misdemeanor with a fine up to $100.
B) Business Violations: Any business, owner, manager, or supervisor is subject to a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of not more than $1,000 or up to 90 days of imprisonment.
Please see Executive Order 20-81 for complete requirements and exemptions of this order.