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COVID-19 has tested us like never before. We have worked hard to keep ourselves, our loved ones, and our communities safe, all while balancing our personal wellbeing and our livelihoods.

Cases are receding, more people are being vaccinated every day, and vaccines are available to those who want them. We can now confidently and safely set out our path back to the things we miss and the people we love.

We are beginning to end the restrictions that made Minnesota’s COVID-19 mitigation strategy so effective. The state will continue its emergency efforts to get Minnesotans tested and vaccinated, and will continue to monitor the virus and the growth of variants in the months to come. 

Our path forward relies on Minnesotans getting the vaccine. These vaccines are safe and effective. They are how we end this pandemic. Find a vaccine location near you on our COVID-19 vaccination page.

Summary of changes announced May 6, 2021

Effective May 7, all outdoor businesses are no longer subject to occupancy limits or distancing requirements. Face coverings continue to be required indoors. Outdoors, face coverings for patrons are required only in venues with more than 500 people in attendance. The mandatory closing time for bars, restaurants, and other places of public accommodation has been eliminated.

Effective May 28, businesses will no longer be subject to occupancy limits, distancing or other sector-specific requirements and need follow only the  Universal Guidance for All Businesses and Entities and face covering requirements.

How to Stay Safe in Social Settings

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Social Gatherings

How to stay safe at social gatherings.

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Food Safety & Dining at Restaurants

How to stay safe while visiting restaurants and bars.

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Shopping

How to stay safe while shopping at retail establishments.

Minnesota Stay Safe Status

Always follow these safety practices

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Masks are required until 70% of Minnesota adults are vaccinated. Fully vaccinated Minnesotans should follow MDH Guidance.
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Follow MDH Guidance on distancing.
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Telework is strongly encouraged.
Last updated 5/12/2021 9:52 a.m.
Setting Guidance Overview
Social Settings
Indoor social gatherings are limited to 15 people, outdoor gatherings to 50 people max.
Social distancing between households must be maintained.

Fully vaccinated people may be able to gather without masks and social distancing in specific settings. For more information, visit About COVID-19 Vaccine.

Beginning May 7, 2021 at 12 p.m.
Indoor social gatherings are limited to 50 people, outdoor social gatherings have no maximum group size.

Beginning May 27, 2021, at 11:59 p.m.
No limits on size and no social distancing requirements.
Critical Businesses
Open (must have COVID-19 preparedness plan)

Work from home is strongly recommended. Employers are also strongly encouraged to implement reasonable accommodations for at-risk employees, or employees with one or more members of their household who have underlying medical conditions and are not yet vaccinated.
Non-critical Businesses (non-customer facing)
Open (must have COVID-19 preparedness plan)

Work from home is strongly recommended. Employers are also strongly encouraged to implement reasonable accommodations for at-risk employees, or employees with one or more members of their household who have underlying medical conditions and are not yet vaccinated.
Retail
Open (must have COVID-19 preparedness plan)
Restaurants and Bars
Beginning May 7, 2021, at 12 p.m.
No mandatory closing time established by state.

Indoor dining: 75% capacity with social distancing between parties. Restaurants and bars with a rated indoor occupant capacity of more than 333 people may increase their occupancy. Use the Venue Occupancy Calculator (online version) to determine occupant capacity.

Parties of no more than 10 people must remain six feet from other parties; All patrons must be seated and wearing a mask, unless eating or drinking.

Outdoor dining: Restaurants and bars are not required to restrict their capacity in outdoor dining areas under this Executive Order. Restaurants and bars are responsible for knowing and complying with any applicable state or local restrictions. Masks are only required if there are 500 or more patrons and only unless eating and drinking.

Beginning May 27, 2021, at 11:59 p.m.
All capacity restrictions, party size limitations, and distancing requirements are lifted.
Personal services (salons, tattoos, barbershops)
Open at 100% capacity, but 6 feet of distance must be maintained between parties.

Beginning May 27, 2021, at 11:59 p.m.
Distancing requirement is lifted.
Gyms, personal fitness and yoga studios, martial arts
Gym capacity is capped at 50%, maximum capacity remains at 250.
Machines and people should maintain 6 feet of distance.
Gyms, personal fitness and yoga studios, or martial arts spaces with sufficient normal occupant capacity may exceed 250 people per applicable percentage limits and guidance.

Use the Venue Occupancy Calculator to calculate reduced capacity of your facility/venue.

Beginning May 7, 2021, 2021 at 12 p.m.
Gym capacity is capped at 50%, maximum capacity remains at 250.
Machines and people should maintain 6 feet of distance. Gyms, personal fitness and yoga studios, or martial arts spaces with sufficient normal occupant capacity may exceed 250 people indoors per applicable percentage limits and guidance.

Face coverings must be worn by workers, members, and visitors at all times when indoors.

Indoor classes are limited 50 people.

No size limit on outdoor classes, and masks are not required outdoors.

Beginning May 27, 2021, 2021 at 11:59 p.m.
All capacity restrictions, class size limitations, and distancing requirements are lifted. Face coverings must be worn by workers, members, and visitors at all times when indoors.

Indoor events and entertainment
Open at 50% capacity, no more than 250 people.
Venues with occupant capacity greater than 500 may increase patron count as follows:
  • For seated indoor venues: the venue may operate with an additional 25% of the occupant capacity above 500 (seated venues must have assigned seating, and patrons must remain seated).
  • For non-seated indoor venues: the venue may operate with an additional 15% of the capacity above 500.
  • Use the Venue Occupancy Calculator to calculate reduced capacity of your facility/venue after April 1.

Masks required. No food service between 11 p.m. and 4 a.m.

Beginning May 7, 2021, at 12 p.m.
All venues may open at 50% capacity up to 250 people. Maximum party size is 10 with 6 feet of distance between parties.

Venues with occupant capacity greater than 500 may increase patron count as follows:
  • For seated indoor venues: the venue may operate with an additional 25% of the occupant capacity above 500.
  • For non-seated indoor venues: the venue may operate with an additional 15% of the capacity above 500.
  • Use the Venue Occupancy Calculator to calculate reduced capacity of your facility/venue after May 7.
Masks required indoors.

Beginning May 27, 2021, at 11:59 p.m.
Capacity limits and distancing requirements are lifted.
Outdoor events and entertainment
Open at 50% capacity, no more than 250 people.
Venues with occupant capacity greater than 500 may increase patron count as follows:
  • For seated outdoor venues: the venue may operate with an additional 25% of the occupant capacity above 500, with a maximum capacity not to exceed 10,000 for the entire venue (seated venues must have assigned seating, and patrons must remain seated).
  • For non-seated outdoor venues: the venue may operate with an additional 15% of the capacity above 500, with a maximum capacity not to exceed 10,000 for the entire venue.
  • Use the Venue Occupancy Calculator to calculate reduced capacity of your facility/venue after April 1.
Social distancing is required.
No food or beverage service or consumption between 11 p.m. and 4 a.m.
Masks are required in venues with more than 500 people in attendance.

Beginning May 7, 2021, 2021 at 12 p.m.
All capacity limits and distancing requirements for outdoor events are eliminated.
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
Organized Sports (Adult and Youth)
Practices and games open with limited spectators according to appropriate venue capacity restrictions. See Guidance for Entertainment Venues.

Tournaments are allowed but discouraged. Out of state play is discouraged. Masks are required for all, at both practices and games. See COVID-19 Sports Practice Guidance for Youth and Adults.

Beginning May 7, 2021, at 12 p.m.
Athletes and spectators for outdoor sports are no longer subject to occupancy limits or distancing requirements. Masks are required for venues with 500 people or more in attendance.

Athletes participating in indoor sports must pod in groups of 50. Face coverings are required for practice and games.

Indoor spectator capacity is based on indoor venue guidance. See Guidance for Entertainment and Meeting Venues.

Beginning May 27, 2021, at 11:59 p.m.
All capacity limits and distancing requirements are lifted.
Outdoor Recreation Activities and Facilities
Open per DNR's Outdoor Recreation Guidelines.

Up to 50 people may engage in outdoor activities together, with at least 6 feet of separation between households.
Guided and instructional activities may now include more than one guide or instructor.

Beginning May 7, 2021, at 12 p.m.
Outdoor recreational activities and facilities are no longer subject to distancing and masking requirements.

Indoor settings associated with outdoor recreation (e.g. restaurants, venues) will continue to follow applicable indoor guidance.
Places of Worship, religious services, weddings, and funerals
Open at 100% capacity. Masks required.
6 feet of social distance must be maintained between households.
No food or drink except when essential to perform a ritual or service (e.g., Communion), and singing is permitted as long as congregants remain masked.

Beginning May 7, 2021, at 12 p.m.
Group size increases to 10 or household.

Beginning May 27, 2021, at 11:59 p.m.
Distancing requirements and group size limits are eliminated.
Reception spaces for celebrations or private parties
These events are now only subject to the entertainment venue capacity limits for the setting where they are held. See entertainment guidance for details. Table size is limited to 6 and guests must be seated while eating and drinking.

These events may not occur between 11 p.m. and 4 a.m.

Reception spaces for celebrations or private parties with sufficient normal occupant capacity may exceed 250 people per applicable percentage limits and guidance for the venue. See Guidance for Entertainment and Meeting Venues.

Beginning May 7, 2021, at 12 p.m.
These events are subject to the entertainment venue capacity limits for the setting where they are held. See entertainment guidance for details.
Campgrounds and charter boats
Open with guidance.
Three households may gather outdoors, 15 people max.

Beginning May 7, 2021, at 12 p.m.
There are no outdoor gathering limits.
Pools and swim parks
Open at 50% capacity, max 250 people, and 6 feet of social distancing is required. See COVID-19 Public Pools under Executive Order 20-104. Pools and swim parks with sufficient normal occupant capacity may exceed 250 people per applicable percentage limits and guidance for the venue, as seen in the indoor and outdoor venue guidance. Use the Venue Occupancy Calculatorto calculate reduced capacity of your facility/venue.

Beginning May 7, 2021, at 12 p.m.
Indoor pools open at 50% capacity, but 6 feet of social distancing is required indoors.
Indoor pools and swim parks with sufficient normal occupant capacity may exceed 250 people per applicable percentage limits and guidance for the venue, as seen in the indoor and outdoor venue guidance..

Use the Venue Occupancy Calculator to calculate reduced capacity of your facility/venue.

For outdoor pools and spas, capacity limits and distancing requirements are lifted.

Saunas remain closed.

Beginning May 27, 2021, at 11:59 p.m.
All capacity, other restrictions, and requirements are lifted.
 

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