Health & Safety Information

At the Minneapolis Convention Center, we are hard at work, dedicated to providing a safe space to bring people together. Following is a look at the health and safety protocols and procedures currently in place at the MCC.

Updated: January 13, 2021


Minneapolis Convention Center

At the MCC, our first priority is always the health and safety of our guests and team members. The MCC is following the recommendations and guidelines set by the Minnesota Department of Health, the Governor of Minnesota and the Mayor of Minneapolis on ways to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses. 

  • Minnesota Governor Tim Walz issued Executive Order 21-01 on Jan. 6, allowing indoor meeting venues to reopen with groups of up to 25% occupant capacity, not to exceed more than 150 people, 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 150 people. The maximum number of patrons for the entire venue (counting all self-contained spaces) may not exceed 750. Outdoor events and entertainment are allowed at 25% capacity, with a maximum capacity of 250 people.
  • Walz's Executive Order 21-01 also allows indoor dining at restaurants and bars at 50% capacity; increases maximum capacity for fitness centers; allows indoor events and entertainment venues to reopen at 25% capacity; increases capacity totals for outdoor events and entertainment; and allows wedding receptions and other private parties to resume with limits. Indoor and outdoor social gatherings remain limited to two and three households, respectively. There are additional guidelines for youth and organized sports, pools, and places of worship. For more information, go here
  • The Minnesota Department of Health’s COVID-19 Community Testing Site at the Minneapolis Convention Center remains open to the public.
  • When inside the MCC, individuals are required to cover their nose and mouth with a mask or cloth face covering, per CDC guidance.


Health & Safety

The MCC Sales and Guest Services teams are prepared to work with each client to align our health and safety protocols prior to each event in order to deliver the highest level of safety through every step of your event.


Cleaning & Disinfecting

The MCC is an accredited GBAC STAR™ facility and has implemented the most stringent protocols for cleaning, disinfection and infectious disease prevention. The MCC has increased the frequency of cleaning and disinfecting with EPA-approved disinfectants in all public and private spaces with an emphasis on high touchpoint areas.



The MCC has been working to operate its HVAC systems in accordance to COVID-19 health and safety guidelines provided by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). At this time, all spaces will be flushed with outside air before and after use. Engineers will monitor all occupied spaces and maximize the use of outside air.


Food & Beverage

Kelber Catering, the exclusive catering company for the MCC, has restructured its entire approach to all types of meetings and events to focus on health and safety measures to keep attendees and employees safe. This includes food and beverage services for events as well as retail outlets, Dunn Brothers Coffee, and all back-of-house functions.



The nearly 45 public restrooms in the MCC all operate with an exhaust system to pull air out and keep the air circulating. Restrooms are marked as high-touchpoint areas in our cleaning and disinfecting plan, and all cleaning staff members have a heighted sense of awareness and responsibility when addressing these areas.


Health Screening

Health and screening measures will be required for each event at the MCC. Each event will provide clear direction to its employees, exhibitors, decorators, third-party partners, and guests regarding expectations should they develop symptoms of COVID-19.


Onsite Medical Assistance

To ensure guest safety and to effectively respond to medical incidents, Emergency Medical Services (EMS) will be required for public and private events. EMS will follow a defined protocol when treating patients who may have COVID-19 symptoms.



Health & Safety signage is displayed throughout the building on our robust digital display system as well as in physical locations. This signage is available for client use as well. Our Sales team is prepared to work with each group to ensure the most efficient signage usage for traffic flow, social distancing, and health reminders.


Social Distancing

Our team is prepared to work closely with each event to ensure the best measures to maintain a safe physical distance for a social connection.



The MCC’s high-functioning Command Center is centrally located on Level One of the building to provide guests with convenient access and efficient response times. With over 100 security cameras, our team monitors all areas of the building 24/7, including our 3rd Ave. Parking Ramp.


Business Center

The UPS Store, located within the building, has increased cleaning and disinfecting measures and has created additional procedures for the health and safety of guests and employees.



SmartCity Networks, the exclusive WiFi provider at the MCC, has established nationwide health and safety guidelines for clients and team members.


State & City

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