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Reopening Your Business - How to Comply with MN Guidelines

By John Shade

MINNEAPOLIS BUSINESS MENTORS


Over the past week, some businesses in Minnesota have been allowed to re-open. The caveat is the business has to comply with the state mandated guidelines. Those guidelines are:

Effective April 27, 2020

Non-Critical Sector industrial and office-based businesses that are non-customer facing are allowed to reopen as long as they:

  • Have created a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan that follows MDH and CDC guidelines and meets OSHA standards.

  • Are following the health and safety protocols outlined in EO 20-48, including conducting health screenings of workers.

  • Continue to encourage teleworking as much as possible. Employees who can work from home should continue doing so.

Businesses that were included on the Critical Sector list and already open prior to April 27 are also required to comply with all CDC and OSHA guidance to ensure the health and safety of their workers, but are not required to create a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan.


Further guidance was issued effective May 4, 2020:

Customer-facing retail businesses that sell goods are permitted to engage in curbside or outside pick-up and delivery as long as they:

  • Do not permit customers to enter the business premises.

  • Have created a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan that follows MDH and CDC guidelines and meets OSHA standards.

  • Are following the health and safety protocols outlined in EO 20-48, including conducting health screenings of workers.

In short, EO-48 requires each business in operation during the peacetime emergency establish a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan


The plan includes the following provisions:

  • Infection prevention measures.

  • Prompt identification and isolation of sick persons.

  • Engineering and administrative controls for social distancing.

  • Customer controls and protections for drop-off, pick-up and delivery.

  • Housekeeping, including cleaning, disinfecting and decontamination.

  • Communications and training for managers and workers necessary to implement the plan, and…

  • Provision of management and supervision necessary to ensure effective ongoing implementation of the plan.

There is a template provided by the State of MN that simplifies the process of creating a preparedness plan. The document is called COVID 19 Business Plan Template and can be found on the MN DEED site at this link


As you begin the reopening process and need some ideas or assistance, please feel free to contact myself or any of the other Minneapolis Business mentors. We are here to help! You can find us at www.mbmentors.org or email us at: info@mbmentors.org

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