Minneapolis: COVID-19 Health & Safety Information

As COVID-19 restrictions continue to evolve in Minnesota and in the city of Minneapolis, we want to provide you with the latest information so that you can explore and visit Minneapolis again with confidence. These are the protocols and procedures currently in place to help keep you safe. Please check this page and resources often, as information is changing frequently.

Updated: March 1, 2021

Current Status

  • Minnesota Governor Tim Walz's Stay Safe Plan provides a set of phases for the safe reopening in a number of settings. 
  • Governor Walz's Executive Order 21-07 increases capacity totals for indoor event and entertainment venues, restaurants and bars, fitness centers, gyms and pools; and venues hosting receptions and other private events; and extends onsite food and beverage consumption to 11 p.m. See below for further detail. For more information, go here.
  • Groups of up to 25% occupant capacity, not to exceed more than 250 people, are permitted within indoor venues so long as social distancing and face-covering requirements are met. If the layout of a building is comprised of separate compartments, and each compartment has its own rated occupancy limit with designated exits/entrances, each room/compartment may hold 25% of its occupancy, not to exceed 250 people. The maximum number of patrons for the entire venue (counting all self-contained spaces) may not exceed 1,250. Outdoor events and entertainment are allowed at 25% capacity, with a maximum capacity of 250 people
  • Governor Walz's Executive Order 20-81 requires people in Minnesota to wear a face covering in all public indoor spaces and businesses, unless alone. Additionally, workers are required to wear a face covering when working outdoors in situations where social distancing cannot be maintained. Children between the ages of 2 and 5 years old are not required to wear face coverings, but are encouraged to wear a face covering when in public.
  • Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey is currently requiring individuals to cover their nose and mouth with a mask or cloth face covering in accordance with CDC guidance when in Minneapolis indoor spaces where people gather, including retail stores, government buildings, schools and recreation centers. This applies to individuals who are over age two and able to medically tolerate a face covering.
  • All employers of Minneapolis businesses that are spaces of public accommodation shall require their employees to wear a cloth face covering whenever employees have face-to-face contact with the public.

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State - Minnesota

Meet Minneapolis and Sports Minneapolis are operating in accordance to guidelines set by the State of Minnesota. To keep up-to-date and learn more about what Minnesota is doing to keep visitors safe at a state level, please visit the following resources:

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City-Specific Information

Meet Minneapolis and Sports Minneapolis are operating in accordance to guidelines set by the City of Minneapolis. To keep up-to-date and learn more about what Minneapolis and our metro area are doing to keep visitors safe at the city level, please visit the following resources:

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MSP International Airport

The Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport has has earned two major industry cleaning and safety facility accreditations - GBAC STAR and Airport Health - as part of its robust effort to minimize the spread of the COVID-19 virus and combat future health threats. MSP's Travel Confidently program is a thorough, multi-layered cleaning and sanitization regimen, and requires face coverings, promotes social distancing, provides hundreds of hand sanitizing dispensers, has built and installed hundreds of Plexiglass shields at customer interaction points, allows for touchless food and beverage ordering and payment, and offers touchless parking through its online, pre-booked reservation program.

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Minneapolis Convention Center

Groups of up to 25% occupant capacity, not to exceed more than 250 people, are permitted so long as social distancing and face-covering requirements are met. As the MCC is comprised of separate compartments, and many compartments have their own rated occupancy limit with designated exits/entrances, each room/compartment meeting those guidelines may hold 25% of its occupancy, not to exceed 250 people. The maximum number of patrons for the entire venue (both indoors and outdoors and counting all self-contained spaces) may not exceed 1,250. Food service at indoor events must end at 11 p.m. The MCC continues to be a Minnesota Department of Health COVID-19 Community Testing Site.

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Meeting Venues

Groups of up to 25% occupant capacity, not to exceed more than 250 people, are permitted within indoor venues so long as social distancing and face-covering requirements are met. If the layout of a building is comprised of separate compartments, and each compartment has its own rated occupancy limit with designated exits/entrances, each room/compartment may hold 25% of its occupancy, not to exceed 250 people. The maximum number of patrons for the entire venue (both indoors and outdoors and counting all self-contained spaces) may not exceed 1,250. Food service at indoor events must end at 11 p.m. Receptions and other private events are allowed with limits. If food and drink are served, the event is limited to 50 people and must not take place between the hours of 11 p.m. and 4 a.m.  

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Hotels

Minneapolis hotel properties are prioritizing cleanliness and safety for their guests. For individual policies, please check out their web pages.

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Mass Transit

Metro Transit is supporting efforts by regularly disinfecting vehicles and busy boarding areas, encouraging employees who feel ill to stay home and adapting service levels to make the most of limited resources. Face coverings are required to be worn on all Metro Transit buses and trains.

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Restaurants & Bars

Under Executive Order 21-07, restaurants, bars and other places of public accommodation offering food and beverages are currently allowed to be open for indoor dining at 50% capacity (up to a maximum of 250 patrons), with required reservations, up to six people per table with a six-foot distance between tables, and a mandatory closing time of no later than 11 p.m. Many restaurants and bars are offering delivery, takeout, window service, walk-up service, drive-thru or drive-up service.

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Retail Stores & Malls

Retail stores and malls are currently allowed to be open. Attractions and in-person dining at the Mall of America are allowed to be open with restrictions. Visit individual store and mall websites for their current statuses.

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Major Attractions

Under Executive Order 21-07, all indoor theaters, cinemas, performance venues, and museums are allowed to be open at 25% capacity, not to exceed 250 people. Venues providing outdoor events and entertainment are allowed to be open at 25% capacity, not to exceed 250 people. Visit individual attraction websites for updates.

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Stadiums & Arenas

Minnesota stadiums are closed to the public at this time. For more information on the current status on sports cancellations and postponements, click here. To keep up-to-date and learn more about the status of major Minnesota stadiums and arenas, please visit the following resources:



Spectators

For indoor games and competitions, spectators are limited according to indoor venue guidance (up to 25% occupant capacity, not to exceed more than 250 people — excluding athletes, coaches and game personnel). For outdoor games and competitions, limits follow outdoor venue guidance (25% capacity, up to 250 people — excluding athletes, coaches and game personnel). Inter-region tournaments and out-of-state play are discouraged.

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Parks & Outdoor Recreation

Keep track of what is open and how to safely experience the beauty of Minneapolis parks, lakes, and outdoor spaces.

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Skyway System

Downtown Minneapolis skyways are managed by individual buildings. Hours of operation and open/close statuses may vary.

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Visitor Center

The Meet Minneapolis Visitor Center is currently closed. Visitor Services staff are available during business hours by phone, email and through social media:

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Other Helpful Resources

To ensure you are reading the most accurate and up-to-date news regarding COVID-19, follow the CDC’s updates on cdc.gov or their social channels (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube).

If you have health questions about COVID-19, the Minnesota Department of Health offers a specific COVID-19 hotline: 651-201-3920 (Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CT).