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.
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 21-21 provides a series of measured steps to end COVID-19 restrictions on social gatherings and businesses, and sets a timeline to rescind numerous other executive orders that will no longer be necessary. As of May 7, capacity limits have been removed for outdoor events, dining and other gatherings, and the face covering requirement outdoors is rescinded except at large venues with over 500 people. The 11 p.m. mandatory closing time for bars, restaurants, and other food and drink businesses has also come to an end.
On May 28, remaining capacity and distancing limits will be removed, including for indoor events and gatherings. Face covering requirements will remain for indoor and outdoor events with more than 500 people. On July 1 (or sooner if Minnesota hits 70% of adults vaccinated), the face covering mandate ends, as does the requirement for businesses to have COVID preparedness plans. Local governments/cities can implement their own face mask mandates if they wish, as can private businesses.
Governor Walz's Executive Order 20-81currently 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.
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.