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SEOC Supporting Local Emergency Managers

The State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) remains fully activated and staffed either physically or virtually by all state agencies and several volunteer organizations to keep Minnesotans safe and coordinate efforts to provide essential services and information during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Minnesota's Stay Safe Plan

Adjustment of COVID-19 Dials Starting Jan. 11

COVID-19 is spreading more slowly across Minnesota than two months ago. Recognizing our progress – but understanding we need to remain cautious – Gov. Walz is adjusting the dials and opening more activities and sectors of the economy. Starting January 11:

  • Indoor dining at bars and restaurants can open at 50 percent capacity, with a maximum of 150 people. Parties of no more than six people must remain six feet from other parties; bar seating is open to parties of two; reservations are required; and establishments must close dine-in service by 10 p.m.
  • Gym capacity remains capped at 25 percent but maximum capacity increases to 150 and classes can increase to 25 people, assuming distancing can be observed. Machines and people must maintain 9 feet of distance. Face coverings are required.
  • Outdoor events and entertainment continue at 25 percent capacity, but maximum capacity increases to 250 people. Social distancing is required.
  • Indoor events and entertainment – like bowling alleys, movie theaters, and museums – may open at 25 percent, with no more than 150 people in each area of the venue. Face coverings are required, and they may not offer food service after 10 p.m.
  • Youth and adult organized sports have resumed practice as of January 4 and games resume January 14 with spectators, following the appropriate capacity limits for indoor or outdoor venues. Inter-region tournaments and out of state play are discouraged.
  • Pools opened on January 4 for some activity and may now open, like gyms, at 25 percent capacity.
  • Wedding receptions and other private parties may resume with limits. If food and drink are served at the event, then they are limited to two households or 10 people indoors and 3 households or 15 people outdoors. If there is no food or drink, they are covered by event venue guidelines. Any related ceremony – like a wedding or funeral ceremony – is guided by rules for ceremonies and places of worship.
  • Places of worship remain open at 50% capacity but without an overall maximum capacity.
Review Executive Order 21-01

Safely adjusting the dials starting Jan. 11

Mask Up Minnesota

Masks required in all public indoor spaces. Mask up Minnesota. Woman wearing a mask, being served an ice cream cone.Under Gov. Tim Walz’s statewide masking mandate face coverings are required in all indoor businesses and public indoor spaces, unless you are alone. Additionally, workers are required to wear a face covering when working outdoors in situations where social distancing cannot be maintained. Learn more about the masking requirement.

The governor's Stay Safe plan has encouraged Minnesotans to stay close to home, but has taken cautious steps forward to introduce more interaction between people over time.

Minnesotans are encouraged to continue following these safe practices:

  • Wash your hands often
  • Get tested when sick
  • Maintain social distance
  • Wear a mask
  • Stay home when able

Learn more about Stay Safe MN and Minnesota’s Response to COVID-19.

Pay Attention to Your Mental Health and Reduce Stress By:

  • Reaching out if you need to talk to someone. If you are experiencing a mental health crisis, help is available:

    • Call the warm line at 651-288-0400 or text “Support” to 85511 or call 1-877-404-3190.

    • Call the crisis team at **CRISIS (**274747) or click here for the county numbers. Crisis Text Line is available 24/7 by texting MN to 74174.

    • Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

    • Call the SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990.

  • Maintaining a healthy diet and exercise.

  • Creating a regular routine.

  • Connecting with family and friends through calls, texts, or video chats.

  • Getting information from reliable sources.

Take Action

Five ways you can help

  1. Individuals who have small quantities of new, unopened and unused personal protective equipment (PPE) to donate to COVID-19 response efforts should contact their county or tribal emergency manager. Examples of recommended PPE items are gowns, masks, respirators, face shields and gloves. Find your local emergency manager using this interactive map. (Please note: Emergency managers cannot accept opened or used PPE.)
  2. Other than PPE items, donations of supplies and goods are discouraged. Cash donations to the non-profit of your choice IS THE BEST donation.
  3. Individuals who would like to volunteer should contact an organization registered with the Minnesota Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (MnVOAD).
  4. Many blood drives have been canceled, impacting the supply. Blood donation centers have the highest standards of safety and infection control. To find where you can donate blood, visit the Minnesota Red Cross.
  5. Businesses who would like to offer resources, supplies or personnel to COVID-19 response efforts should complete this distribution form or email hsem.ppp@state.mn.us. Submissions will be reviewed by personnel in the State Emergency Operations Center. Businesses will be contacted if there is a need for the identified resources.

Alternative facemask guidance materials 


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