Minneapolis: COVID-19 Health & Safety Information

As the restrictions due to COVID-19 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 that Minnesota and the City of Minneapolis have in place right now to help keep you safe. Please check this page and resources often as information is changing frequently.

Updated: August 12, 2020

City of Minneapolis: Current Status - Phase III

  • Minnesota Governor Tim Walz's Stay Safe Plan provides a set of phases for the safe reopening in a number of settings. Minnesota is currently in Phase III. Groups of up to 250 people with social distancing in place are currently allowed to meet.
  • Governor Walz has issued Executive Order 20-81, requiring 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 is 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 ramped up cleaning and disinfecting procedures for MSP touchpoints. Its cleaning partner has established a formal COVID-19 response team and microbial remediation plan, and is conducting extra disinfection of public spaces throughout MSP. Face coverings are required to be worn at MSP.

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Minneapolis Convention Center

The MCC is following the recommendations by the Minnesota Department of Health, the Governor of Minnesota and the Mayor of Minneapolis. Groups of up to 250 people with social distancing in place are currently allowed to meet.

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Meeting Venues

Groups of up to 250 people with social distancing in place are currently allowed to meet. Please check with specific venues for guidelines and reopening dates.

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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

Restaurants are currently allowed to be open with indoor and/or outdoor dining, limited capacity and required reservations. Many restaurants are offering delivery, window service, walk-up service, drive-thru or drive-up service. Indoor bar areas in Minneapolis bars, taprooms, distilleries, nightclubs and restaurants with a bar area are currently closed. Table service is allowed at establishments with an indoor bar area. Patrons are also allowed to purchase drinks and food from bar areas, provided the bar meets a recently adopted fitness test. Patios remain open.

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Retail Stores

Retail stores and malls are currently allowed to be open with limited capacity. Visit individual store websites for their current statuses.

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Major Attractions

All theaters, cinemas, indoor and outdoor performance venues, and museums are currently allowed to be open with limited capacity. Visit individual attraction websites for their current statuses.

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Stadiums & Arenas

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

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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 the Coronavirus, 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).