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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. 

Temporary tents and similar outdoor structures

Current COVID-19 restrictions have created a need for some facilities to provide additional spaces
outside of the building. Tents and similar membrane structures, including small dome tents often called "igloos", can be found at restaurant or bar seating, medical facility visiting areas and school classrooms. 

This information sheet​ provides guidance for the temporary use of tents and similar structures.  

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 and MDH

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

Read the Minnesota Department of Health's industry guidance for bars and restaurants​

Turning the dial: Minnesota's stay safe plan

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