The Stay Safe Order Phase III encourages Minnesotans to stay close to home but allows outdoor gatherings of friends and family of 25 people or less, and indoor gatherings of 10 people or less. Gatherings should adhere to proper social distancing measures—like staying six feet apart and wearing a mask.
Phase I of the Stay Safe Order opened retail stores and other Main Street businesses if they created and adopted a COVID-19 preparedness plan and operated at 50 percent occupancy -- in Phase III, these same principals apply for retail stores.
In Phase II of the Stay Safe Order restaurants opened for outdoor dining, and personal services and places of worship opened with capacity and health restrictions.
Phase III of the Stay Safe Order turns the dial further to open:
The COVID-19 pandemic presents an unprecedented danger to Minnesotans. The Stay Safe Order is a slow turn on the dial to introduce more interaction between people over time. It is a cautious step forward, as we all continue to do our part to slow the spread of the virus and continue to protect and support those most at risk and workers, who are on the frontlines of this pandemic.
Community spread of COVID-19 in Minnesota and nationwide is increasing. There are hotspots in both rural and urban communities. We are working hard to ensure adequate hospital space for those who need it. By limiting the size of group gatherings, and slowly turning the dial to reopen our state’s businesses, we are continuing to take steps to hopefully limit the spread of COVID-19 in our communities across every corner of the state, while also reopening businesses that are meaningful to our communities.
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.
No. People are free to come into Minnesota, even during this order. People coming to Minnesota from other states must follow the order. To protect our neighbors, people are encouraged to stay close to home and are strongly discouraged from engaging in unnecessary travel. These measures are meant to protect Minnesotans, especially our most vulnerable neighbors.
The Stay Safe Order is effective at 11:59pm on June 9.
Decisions will be based on the guidance of public health experts and data. Public health officials will monitor indicators such as how many tests can be administered, the number of new COVID-19 cases, hospital capacity, the rate of increase in positive tests, the share of cases where the source of infection is not known, and the rate of hospitalizations and deaths. All those factors and more will continue to be monitored and will guide future decisions.
If you test positive for COVID-19, public health officials will contact you and ask if you agree to your address being provided to 911 dispatchers. When first responders like firefighters, emergency medical personnel, or police officers are on their way to your address, they will receive a notification from the 911 dispatcher that a person in the household has tested positive for COVID-19. Providing this information to first responders helps protect their health and safety by allowing them to take proper precautions due to a current shortage of personal protective equipment. To protect your privacy, your name and other identifying information are not shared.
During the Stay Safe Order, Minnesotans may leave their homes. If you leave your home, wear a mask and practice social distancing measures, including staying six feet between you and those around you. Individuals at heightened risk of serious COVID-19 infections are strongly urged to stay home except for necessary activities and work. People most at risk include are those:
Outdoor social gatherings of groups of 25 people or less, and indoor social gatherings of 10 people or less are permitted. Even in small groups of 25 or fewer people, Minnesotans should wear face coverings and practice social distancing, such as keeping six feet between you and those around you.
You may receive health care, including COVID-19 testing, dental care, and other kinds of necessary medical visits. We recommend people call ahead to their health care provider or doctor before seeking medical treatment.
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, religious services, weddings, and funerals can hold services both indoors and outdoors, with 50% capacity, places of worship cannot exceed 250 people for each self-contained space– see guidance for additional details. Proper social distancing measures—like staying six feet apart and wearing a mask—should be taken.
Under the Stay Safe Order Phase III, restaurants and bars are open for indoor and outdoor service up to 50% capacity. Due to the capacity limit, reservations are required – please plan ahead. Table limits of 4, or 6 for a single family unit also apply. Masks are strongly recommended when you are not eating or drinking. Social distancing is also a requirement.
Yes, but these facilities are subject to capacity restrictions and must follow additional guidance, so people should check before assuming they are open. Masks are strongly recommended. Social distancing is required.
Yes. You may go to your gym, fitness center, yoga studio or other exercise facility. These facilities are subject to capacity restrictions and must follow additional guidance, so please check with your facility on their operating protocols. Masks are strongly recommended. Social distancing is required.
Organized sports programs are now reopened provided additional guidance is followed. This guidance reintroduces sports activities in a phased approach that will continue to be updated as we turn the dial on sports. Different sports carry different risks in respect to the spread of COVID-19, this means different precautions should be considered for different activities, which is laid out in our guidance. Those looking to play at home and with friends and family should consider this guidance in any sports activity that involves contact with others. We are working hard with Minnesotans to get people back on the fields, courts, ice and more by doing so safely.
Like other outdoor activities, going to a playground 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, provided it adheres to paragraph 6 of this Executive Order and the Outdoor Recreation Guidelines available at DNR’s website.
Camping in dispersed sites is allowed starting on May 18. Developed campgrounds remain closed.
To slow the spread of COVID-19, all workers, including previously designated critical sector works, who can work from home must continue to work from home.
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