Governor Eases Restrictions, but Businesses Must Remain Vigilant

At this point, over two million Minnesotans are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.  With such dramatic progress, Governor Walz announced on May 6 he would be rescinding a number of executive orders he put into place over the last year.  With these changes, businesses and venues are beginning to open up more and more.  By the end of the summer, we are expected to have mask requirements lifted, for the most part.

Here are some of the changes included in Governor Walz’s latest executive order:

  • Indoor social gatherings limits have expanded to 50 people, as long as participants adhere to Stay Safe Minnesota Guidelines;
  • Occupancy limits for places of public accommodation are lifted for outdoor spaces, and indoor spaces may exceed 250 people, as long as entrants adhere to Stay Safe guidelines;
  • Fitness centers can increase occupancy to 50 percent of normal capacity, and may exceed 250 entrants at a time;
  • Social distancing restrictions are lifted for outdoor performance venues;
  • Employees who can work from home are no longer required to do so.

These are significant steps in our state’s return to business as usual.  At the same time, it is important for individuals, as well as businesses, to stay cognizant of the health measures in place and not to take shortcuts before all restrictions are lifted.  In addition, businesses may want to take a look at how their work gets done going forward (if they haven’t already).

If this last year has led to your organization to take a step back and change the way you conduct business, there may need to be permanent policy changes or negotiations with employee groups to effectuate those changes.  If you, or your organization, need assistance in transitioning back to business, contact the Wiley Law Office, for legal advice that works.