Minnesota Governor Tim Walz signed an executive order extending the Stay at Home order from May 4, 2020 to May 18, 2020. Although the Stay at Home order is extended, the restrictions on non-critical businesses have been loosened, sending approximately 30,000 Minnesotans back to work. Starting Monday, May 4, 2020 retail businesses and some other non-critical businesses may reopen to offer curbside pick-up and delivery, as long as customers do not enter the premises. Businesses in this category include retail stores and other businesses that sell, rent, maintain and repair goods that can be picked up outside, without entering the place of business, with limited interaction between employees and customers, to the extent that such businesses’ employees are not exempt Critical Sector workers. Businesses that provide services such as household goods rental, maintenance services, repair services, and pet grooming are included. Salons and barbershops are included only to conduct retail product sales, excluding sales of service chemicals not intended for retail. Salons and barbershops may not provide any services.
The businesses allowed to reopen on Monday, May 4, 2020 must adhere to the following guidelines:
- Develop and publicly post a plan for how to open safely.
- Use online payment whenever possible.
- Employees and customers should wear masks and protective equipment.
- In curbside pick-up scenarios, social distancing guidelines apply. If possible, customers should not leave their vehicle.
- In delivery scenarios, items should be deposited outside a customer’s residence.
You may find the Governor’s amended order here. Virtus Law, PLLC continues to monitor developments in this (and other COVID-19 areas) and will continue to post relevant updates to this website.