Stay Safe Minnesota Reopening Plan

Stay Safe Minnesota Reopening Plan

On June 10th, we entered Phase 3 of the Stay Safe Minnesota reopening plan. Phase 3 loosened restrictions for bars and restaurants, and also allows movie theaters, bowling alleys, fitness centers and pools to be open to the public (while following strict guidelines and preparedness plans).

We’re not out of the woods quite yet

As we start to return to work and daily activities we have a shared responsibility to help protect others and ourselves. Besides common sense protection practices such as frequent hand washing, staying home when sick, and keeping a 6 foot distance from others – the Minnesota Department of Health has put together additional protection tips to keep in mind while we ease back into our daily routines:

Social Gatherings:

  • Keep your indoor gatherings to 10 or fewer people, and outdoor gatherings to 25 or fewer people
  • People from different households should stay at least 6 feet apart
  • Set up seating areas ahead of time that allow for space between people
  • Wear a mask or cloth face covering during the times when you can’t keep at least 6 feet between another person
  • Try to minimize sharing items, dishes, cups, utensils and equipment with people not living in your household. If you do, make sure to wash your hands or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol once you are done

Restaurants:

  • Always distance yourself at least 6 feet from people not from your household when sitting or standing
  • Make sure tables are spaced out to allow for at least 6 feet of space between people from different households
  • Make a reservation at the restaurant. Reservations are required right now so restaurants can manage the number of people there at one time
  • It’s recommended to wear a face mask or covering while entering and leaving a restaurant, and while interacting with people outside of your household, such as giving your order to a server (you can remove your face mask while eating and drinking)
  • Avoid sharing dishes, glasses, or utensils with people from other households

Shopping:

  • Wear a face mask or covering when you go out in public
  • Stay at least 6 feet away from others while shopping and in lines
  • If you have to go in person, try to find a time when the store will be less busy 
  • If you are at high risk shopper, find out if the store has special hours for people at higher risk and try to shop during those hours. (People at higher risk for severe illness include adults 65 or older and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions)
  • Disinfect the shopping cart and use disinfecting wipes if available
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth
  • If possible, use touchless payment (pay without touching money, a card, or a keypad). If you must handle money, a card, or use a keypad, use hand sanitizer right after paying

Salons, Barber Shops, and Tattoo Parlors:

  • Stay at least 6 feet from people
  • Make an appointment or reservation before going
  • Wear a mask or cloth face covering during your appointment. The hair stylist, barber, or tattoo artist should also wear a mask or cloth face covering
  • Make sure stations are spaced out to allow for at least 6 feet of space between people. Some places may use room dividers as an extra level of protection
  • Keep your appointment as short as possible
  • If possible, use touchless payment (pay without touching money, a card, or a keypad). If you must handle money, a card, or use a keypad, use hand sanitizer after paying

Entertainment Venues:

  • Stay at least 6 feet from people who are not in your household
  • Wear a mask or cloth face covering, especially at times when staying 6 feet away from people might be difficult
  • Wash your hands often, especially if you are using shared items or equipment
  • Make a reservation ahead of time, if you can or if they are required
  • If possible, use touchless payment (pay without touching money, a card, or a keypad). If you must handle money, a card, or use a keypad, use hand sanitizer right after paying
  • Important: Large events or gatherings where people get together in person are not allowed at this time. Events like outdoor movies or concerts can be done if people attend in their vehicle > Guidelines for parades and vehicle gatherings

Outdoor Recreation Guidelines & Information: