From Friday, May 28, 2021 through June 30, 2021, or until 70% of Minnesotans aged 16+ receive at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, all Minnesota business and places of public accommodation are required to have and implement a written COVID-19 Preparedness Plan that addresses requirements established by Executive Order and applicable Stay Safe Industry Guidance. The StaySafe.MN website has Universal Preparedness Plan templates.
The State of Minnesota has also developed a Universal Guidance for All Businesses and Entities (PDF) all business and places of public accommodation (“businesses”) that should be referenced beginning May 28, 2021. “Businesses” are broadly defined to include any entity that employs or engages workers, including owners, employees, contractors, vendors, volunteers, or interns. Select sector resource materials are available on the StaySafe.MN website and below.
COVID-19 Vaccination Information
- Vaccine Employer Toolkit - This toolkit is designed to direct employers to the resources they need to help their workforce get vaccinated safely and efficiently and to provide materials to educate employees about COVID-19 vaccines.
- Presentation to Employers - New Rollout
- Food Processors Vaccine Rollout Discussion (Recording)
Minnesota worker protections related to COVID-19, including sick leave, FMLA, discrimination, reporting health concerns at work, unemployment insurance, and workers' compensation.
Food and Beverage
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report there is no evidence to suggest that COVID-19 can be transmitted through food grown in the United States or imported from other countries. However, food safety is important at all times and the MDA helps to ensure that food is produced and sold in a safe manner.
- FDA: Temporary Flexibility Policy Regarding Certain Labeling Requirements for Foods for Humans During COVID-19 Pandemic
- Guidelines for Small Minnesota Meat Processing Plants - English | Hmong | Somali | Spanish
- WEBINAR: Dairy Plant COVID-19 Preparedness
- WEBINAR: The ABCs of Small Meat Processing Options in Minnesota, or view the presentation slides (PDF).
- MAP: Minnesota Meat Processors
Farmers and Ranchers
The COVID-19 pandemic may be adding to farmers’ financial problems, price and marketing uncertainties, marital difficulties, and social pressures. You can:
- Contact the Minnesota Farm and Rural Helpline anytime (call 833-600-2670 or text FARMSTRESS to 898211).
- Visit the Minnesota Farm and Rural Helpline website for information and resources.
- Reach out to a of Minnesota Farm Advocate who can offer one-on-one help for many kinds of crises (e.g., operating loan problems, mediation, foreclosure, natural disasters).
The Minnesota Rural Finance Authority (RFA) also helps farmers whose operations are affected by COVID-19. New rules mean farmers can access the Disaster Recovery Loan Program if they they experience loss of revenue due to human contagious disease. Visit the RFA Disaster Loan Recovery Program website or contact 651-201-6004.
- USDA’s Coronavirus and USDA Assistance for Farmers page that provides easy-to-find information about federal help available to farmers.
- University of Minnesota Extension’s Ag Business Management Team offers information as well as help navigating financial assistance programs (including loan and direct payment programs).
- Farmers Legal Action Group, Inc. (FLAG) has published a A Farmers’ Guide to COVID-19 Relief.
- The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development has a guide for small businesses (including farms) that need help.