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COVID-19 Preparedness Plan: Minnesota Businesses Must Have One! Image

COVID-19 Preparedness Plan: Minnesota Businesses Must Have One!

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All businesses must have a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan prior to reopening. Governor Tim Walz made another announcement in Minnesota’s safely reopening plan by issuing Emergency Executive Order 20-74 on June 5, 2020. The order requires, for the first time, that critical businesses develop and implement a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan by June 29, 2020.

Emergency Executive Order 20-74 further requires places of public accommodations, establishments providing personal care services, non-critical businesses, youth programs, organized sports, and higher education institutions to have COVID-19 Preparedness Plans. In brief, a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan must have the following content:

  • Require working from home when employees can work from home;
  • Identify and exclude sick employees from the workplace;
  • Establish social distancing policies and procedures;
  • Implement worksite hygiene and source control policies; and
  • Develop cleaning, disinfection, and ventilation protocols.

Templates and checklists are available on the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry’s website for use in development of a COVID-19 Preparedness Plans.  Governor Walz also ordered numerous state agencies to provide additional guidance for inclusion in critical businesses’ COVID-19 Preparedness Plans by June 15, 2020.

This notice is provided to serve as an overview of Minnesota Emergency Executive Order 20-74 and does not constitute legal advice. For additional information regarding this order or any employment matter, please contact the author of this article or a member of Gislason & Hunter, LLP’s Labor and Employment Law Practice Group at 507.387.1115.

This information is general in nature and should not be construed as tax or legal advice.