The changes in guidance are targeted to reduce situations where the spread of COVID-19 is most likely. The main changes are: Minnesotans should not gather with anyone outside of their own household, but exceptions are made in the instances where work, shopping, medical care, school, child care, or caregiving are occurring. No social gatherings, indoor or outdoor, are permitted with anyone who does not live in the same household. Only immediate household members should be allowed inside the home, unless a specific exception applies. Holiday celebrations and Thanksgiving should not take place with people who do not live together.
Bars and restaurants must pause on-site food and beverage service. Delivery, window or walk-up, take-out, or drive-up service may continue.
Gyms, recreation centers, pools, yoga, martial arts, and personal fitness studios must close to the public. All organized adult and youth sports, outside of professional and collegiate leagues, must not take place.
All indoor and outdoor entertainment venues must close to the public, including reception halls, and gatherings related to weddings, funerals, and other similar private celebrations must not take place. Wedding and funeral ceremonies are subject to existing limitations under paragraph 6.c.v of Executive Order 20-74 and are not changed by this order. Receptions associated with these and similar events must not take place.
All public schools will continue to follow the Safe Learning Plan. School attendance models are not changed by Dial Back, Minnesota. Child care centers will continue to operate, and youth programs that are primarily focused on child care (not sports or competition) are allowed to remain open and available following applicable public health guidance, as these programs provide critical continuity and support for children and families.
Retail stores and salons, barbershops, and other personal services can remain open with current restrictions in place. They are not affected by Dial Back, Minnesota.
Places of worship can continue to operate with current restrictions in place, but moving to a “virtual services only” model is strongly encouraged.
November 20, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. unless otherwise noted.
Dial Back, Minnesota will be in effect for four weeks, from November 20, 2020, until December 18, 2020.
We need these aggressive measures to have their desired effect. We also need everyone to do the simple things that we know are effective—wear a mask, social distance, get tested. We know that bending the curve won’t happen overnight, but we’re hopeful that we can do it again, like we did in the spring, in order to protect our front line health care workers, keep our kids in school, and ensure that anyone who needs care in a hospital can get it. As we have throughout the pandemic, the Walz Administration will continue to track the science and data while working to balance public health, the economy, and well-being of all Minnesotans.
The level of the virus circulating in our communities is at an all-time high, which means people are more likely to come into contact with someone who is infectious in settings or events where they are around other people. Health care workers are becoming sick or exposed in the community at increasingly high levels and can’t stay on the job. Hospitals have open beds but staffing shortages mean they can’t be used. Some hospitals are reporting as much as 10% of their staff out of work at any given time due to COVID-19, forcing them to turn new patients away.
The surge of COVID-19 is also impacting first responders and public safety – some fire and police departments are reporting difficulty responding to calls due to staff shortages caused by COVID-19.
And children and families are bearing an undue burden of the surge. Teacher and caregiver heroes are getting sick or forced to quarantine. Schools can’t stay open. Families are struggling to find an impossible balance. We have to prioritize children and families, and their teachers and caregivers.
For these reasons, it is time to act.
This guidance was developed with feedback from businesses, restaurants, bars, venues, and community leaders in collaboration with doctors and health data analysts. Right now, we need to take steps to keep one another safe and ensure that anyone who needs a hospital bed can get one. Case numbers and hospitalizations are at an all-time high in both rural and urban communities, and action must be taken to ensure that what we saw last spring in New York and Italy does not happen here in Minnesota.
All Minnesotans are urged to voluntarily comply with this Executive Order. The state is working with local law enforcement and other authorities to support the order.
The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has traced over 16,000 cases to out-of-state travel since the outset of this pandemic. The CDC warns that travel increases chances of getting and spreading COVID-19 and that avoiding travel is one of the best ways to protect ourselves and others. Our nearest neighbors—North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, and Wisconsin—are experiencing some of the highest nationwide per capita increases in COVID-19 cases. Forty-eight states are now in the White House Task Force’s “Red Zone”. It is simply not a good time for out-of-state travel that is anything short of essential, so Dial Back, Minnesota recommends that everyone refrain from unnecessary out-of-state travel for the next four weeks. If out-of-state travel is necessary, you should self-quarantine when you return to Minnesota.
To slow the spread of COVID-19, all workers who can telecommute or work from home must continue to do so, If there is a dispute about an employee's ability to work from home, we encourage the employer and employee to work collaboratively to come up with a solution in light of the order's directive that all critical sector workers who can work from home must do so. If a dispute remains unresolved, employees can contact the Work from Home Violation Helpline by phone: 651-539-1132 or 1-833-454-0152 (toll free), or by email: WFHviolations@state.mn.us
To support small businesses that are struggling as they do their part to combat the spread of COVID-19, the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) will oversee $10 million in Small Business Relief Grants. This funding will support an additional 1,000 businesses that have applied for the grant program. It supplements hundreds of millions of dollars in small business support that Minnesota has allocated since the beginning of the pandemic. That said, the Governor knows more is needed. That is why he is pushing our leaders in Congress and the President to pass a new COVID-19 relief bill now to support our workers, families, and small businesses.
This is an extraordinarily difficult time. Human beings are social by nature––we need human connections––and Dial Back, Minnesota strikes at the heart of daily life across our entire state. It is ok to be struggling.
There are many resources out there. Mental health providers are open and available. Resources can be found on the COVID-19 website as well as in the Parent and Family resource guide (Hmong, Somali and Spanish). In-person mental health services are allowed and used where telehealth or telephonic services are inappropriate. Day treatment and other outpatient services may also be provided in-person. Group services will be limited to groups of 10 or less to maintain social distancing guidelines.
No. Social gatherings outside your own household are not permitted for the duration of Dial Back, Minnesota, and no person from another household should be allowed inside your home (unless one of a few exceptions apply).
Without question, this restriction is difficult for all Minnesotans, especially as Thanksgiving and the winter holidays approach. We hope that this significant step will prove beneficial Minnesotans, our schools, and our economy, and safely bridge the gap to more permanent solutions to this pandemic.
No, because this is considered a social gathering. The more people your child interacts with, and the longer their interaction, the higher the risk of viral spread. These concerns are only furthered by the higher potential for asymptomatic spread among younger populations. While your child may spend time in child care or school settings, reducing the number of people your child interacts with outside of those in your household will reduce the risk of contracting and spreading COVID-19. Further, it protects child care providers and educators on the front lines.
You may receive health care, including COVID-19 testing, dental care, and other kinds of necessary medical visits. If you are seeking a COVID-19 test, we urge you to consider using our no-cost Test at Home Program.
We recommend people call ahead to their health care provider or doctor before seeking medical treatment.
Yes, child care, youth programs, and school-age care programs are not affected by this order and many are operating and serving children. Child care providers that are open are required to adhere to specific public health guidance related to the type of setting to keep children and families safe. Routine and socialization are important for children and these settings provide a critical service in allowing parents and guardians, including those working in health care and other critical sectors, to work so they can support their families. If you are a parent or guardian in need of child care call the Child Care Aware parent line at 1-888-291-9811 to be directed to available licensed or certified child care providers or use the map of available child care providers at mn.gov/childcare.
Yes. Allowable child care services under Dial Back, Minnesota include services provided in a personal home, such as Family, Friend, and Neighbor (FFN) care.
Distance and hybrid learning models have caused families to take on more than ever, and this on top of balancing working from home with parenting challenges can make life stressful. As such, educational services including learning pods will be allowed to continue so long as they follow Guidance for individuals and programs supporting school-age distance and hybrid learners. Learning pods, defined as informal networks of individuals and programs that offer support to school-age distance and hybrid learners (not managed by an organization or licensed or certified child care), are limited to three households and a maximum group size of 10 people. Learning pods must also conform to additional public health practices outlined in the guidance.
Yes. Personal services like salons, tattoo parlors, and barbershops can operate at 50% capacity with appointments required. Please call ahead to ensure that you are complying with each specific businesses’ COVID-19 preparedness plan, which may include mandatory masks, checking in for your appointment remotely, or waiting outside for your appointment.
Places of worship can hold religious services, weddings, and funerals both indoors and outdoors, with 50% capacity, while not exceeding 250 people for each self-contained space. Proper social distancing measures—like staying six feet apart and wearing a mask—must be taken, and singing should not occur. We strongly encourage these services to be held and observed virtually. We strongly encourage these services to be held and observed virtually.
Restaurants and bars are closed for on-premises service under Dial Back, Minnesota. They may remain open for delivery and takeout. Up to five customers at a time may be inside to pick up orders.
No, these facilities are closed under Dial Back, Minnesota.
No. Under Dial Back, Minnesota, gyms, recreation centers, pools, yoga, martial arts, and personal fitness studios are closed for in person workouts and services.
Non-professional and non-collegiate sports are paused for the duration of these restrictions.
Like other outdoor activities, going to a playground with your own household is allowed under the Stay Safe Order. Families and guardians should be careful to ensure children wash hands after touching play structures and maintain six feet of space from other children as much as possible. Although the Governor’s order doesn’t close playgrounds, they may be closed by local authorities.
Yes. More information can be found in MDH’s Guidance for Community and Faith-Based Organizations. When attending AA meeting, Minnesotans should wear face coverings and practice social distancing measures and maintain six feet between you and those around you. Sobriety support groups are encouraged to provide virtual meetings or meetings by telephone for members who need assistance and support. Please refer to the following resources to learn more about accessing remote sobriety support:
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA):
Narcotics Anonymous (NA):
Outdoor recreation is permitted with members of your household, provided it adheres to paragraph 6 of this Executive Order and the Outdoor Recreation Guidelines available at DNR’s website. Indoor facilities at all recreation sites are closed.
Developed campgrounds in state parks, recreation areas, and forests are open for use with members of our household only.