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Minnesota's Stay Safe Plan

Loosening Restrictions

Minnesotans answered the call in early January to protect our progress – and we have made even more since then in the fight against COVID. New case growth continues to decline, the percentage of tests coming back positive is at the lowest level in several months, and hospitalizations are steadily declining.

We have always sought a balance of controlling the spread of COVID-19 with support for the economy and the personal well-being of all Minnesotans. Progress in one area allows us to push for progress in others. Recognizing the progress we have made on vaccines and controlling the spread of COVID, we can take a cautious step to support personal well-being and the business economy by loosening some restrictions.

This chart outlines Minnesota's updated plan to slow the spread of COVID-19 and save lives while supporting our small businesses.

Always follow these safety practices

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Facial coverings are required according to Executive Order 20-81.
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Always stay six feet away from others.
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Must telework if you can.
Last updated 2/12/2021 12:00 p.m.
Setting Guidance Overview
Social Settings
Two households may gather indoors, 10 people max.
Three households may gather outdoors, 15 people max.
Masks are strongly encouraged and social distancing must be maintained.
Critical Businesses
Open (must telework if you can, must have a COVID-19 preparedness plan)
Non-critical Businesses (non-customer facing)
Open (must telework if you can, must have COVID-19 preparedness plan)
Open (must have COVID-19 preparedness plan)
Restaurants and Bars
Bars and restaurants are open:
Indoor dining: 50% capacity, 250 people max.
Outdoor dining: 50% capacity, 250 people max.
Parties of no more than six people must remain six feet from other parties; bar seating is open to parties of two; establishments must close for on-site dining between 11 p.m. and 4 a.m. All patrons must be seated.
Personal services (salons, tattoos, barbershops)
Capacity: 6 feet of distance, max 50% -- see guidance for additional details
Appointments: Required
Review additional guidance.
Gyms, personal fitness and yoga studios, martial arts
Gym capacity remains capped at 25% but maximum capacity increases to 250.
Machines and people should maintain 6 feet of distance.
Classes increase to 25 people, assuming distancing can be observed.
Everyone must be masked.
Indoor events and entertainment
Open at 25% capacity, no more than 250 people.
Masks required. No food service after 11 p.m.
Outdoor events and entertainment
Open at 25% capacity, no more than 250 people.
Social distancing is required. No food service after 11 p.m.
Strong recommendation for masks, but not required.
School Buildings
All public and private schools will follow the Safe Learning Plan.
Child Care
Open per CDC guidance
Youth Programming
Open per MDH guidance and CDC guidance
Youth programs will continue to operate as long as the primary purpose is child care, not sports instruction or competition.
Organized Sports (Adult and Youth)
Practices and games open with limited spectators according to appropriate venue capacity restrictions.
For indoor games, spectators are limited according to indoor venue guidance (25% capacity, up to 250). For outdoor games, limits follow outdoor entertainment guidance (25% capacity, up to 250).
Inter-region tournaments and out of state play are discouraged.
See COVID-19 Sports Practice Guidance for Youth and Adults.
Masks are required for all, at both practices and games.
Outdoor Recreation Activities and Facilities
Open per DNR's Outdoor Recreation Guidelines
Three households may gather outdoors, 15 people max.
Guided and instructional activities may now include more than one guide or instructor.
Places of Worship, religious services, weddings, and funerals
Open with guidance.
Strong recommendation for virtual services ONLY.
Places of worship remain open at 50% capacity but without an overall maximum capacity.
6 feet of social distance must be maintained
No food or drink except when essential to perform a ritual or service (e.g., Communion)
Congregational singing is permitted as long as congregants are masked
Reception spaces for celebrations or private parties
Wedding receptions and other private parties may resume with limits.
If food and drink are served then, they are limited at 25% capacity, max 50 people. If there is no food or drink, indoor event venue guidelines apply.
Campgrounds and charter boats
Open with guidance
Three households may gather outdoors, 15 people max.
Pools and swim parks
Open at 25% capacity, max 250 people, and 6 feet of social distancing is required. See COVID-19 Public Pools under Executive Order 20-104.
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