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Posted on: July 27, 2020

Face Coverings

Face Masks: What Businesses & Consumers Need to Know about Executive Order 20-81 which goes into effect on Saturday, July 25th at 12:01 am


 Summary of Face Covering Requirements under E.O. 20-81:

Starting this Saturday, July 25, 2020 at 12:01 am, per Executive Order 20-81, people in Minnesota are required to wear a face covering in all public indoor spaces and businesses, unless alone. Additionally, workers are required to wear a face covering when working outdoors in situations where social distancing cannot be maintained.

Businesses’ Obligations under the Executive Order:

Under Executive Order 20-81, all businesses must:
•Require that all persons, including their workers, customers, and visitors, wear face coverings as required by Executive Order 20-81 and take reasonable steps to enforce the requirement.

•Mitigate or eliminate worker and customer exposure to persons who cannot wear or refuse to wear a face covering.

•Update their COVID-19 Preparedness Plans to include the face covering requirements of Executive Order 20-81, inform their workers how their plan has been updated, and make the revised plan available to their workers.

•Post one or more signs that are visible to all persons—including workers, customers, and visitors—instructing them to wear face coverings as required by Executive Order 20-81.

•When possible, provide accommodations to persons, including their workers and customers, who state they have a medical condition, mental health condition, or disability that makes it unreasonable for the person to maintain a face covering. Accommodations could include permitting use of an alternate form of face covering—a face shield, for example—or providing service options that do not require a customer to enter the business.

Executive Order 20-81 does not:
•Require businesses or their workers to enforce face covering requirements when it is unsafe to do so.

•Authorize businesses to restrain, assault, or physically remove workers or customers who refuse to comply with Executive Order 20-81 when it would not otherwise be legal to do so.

•Authorize businesses and their workers to violate other laws, including anti-discrimination laws.

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