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A Division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety

COVID-19 Resources for Businesses

Occupant load guidance for establishments reopening during COVID-19

It is important for bars and restaurants, gyms, and other businesses and retailers to maintain proper occupant loads as they work to reopen across Minnesota during the COVID-19 pandemic.  

The information sheets below will help establishments calculate the traditional proper occupant loads as well as occupant loads that are in compliance with Gov. Tim Walz's recent executive order for several types of businesses. 

This calculator from Lake Travis Fire Rescue​ in Texas can help you determine your occupant load. The calculator is for educational use only. 

Using partitions to limit the spread of COVID-19

These information sheets include guidance on using partitions as a way to limit the spread of COVID-19.  ​

Guidance on safely reopening from DEED

Minnesota's Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) has provided industry guidance on safely reopening​

Turning the dial: Minnesota's stay safe plan

This chart outlines Minnesota's phased in approach to reopening various business and social settings.