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​COVID-19 Updates

Dear License Holders,

During this state and national emergency our agency has been fielding a number of questions. Please understand that our agency is working to do what we can to remove any unnecessary hurdles that may prevent license holders from performing their services. That being said, it is not an easy task and it requires several levels of authorization. In the meantime, in order to keep everyone informed to the best of our ability please review the following information. Keep in mind that as this is a very fluid situation and anything can change.​

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS REGARDING COVID-19​

Are we Essential Workers?

  • ​The US Department of Homeland Security: Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency recently published a guidance on identification of essential critical infrastructure workers during COVID-19 response. Please be advised that this is a resource, and not a binding document for each state working on new policy to accommodate​ the current pandemic. You can find the document here: Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers During COVID-19 Response

Receiving Documentation:

  • As most staff is working remotely, and mail may be delayed, if possible please scan and email any and all doc​​umentation, including for applications, renewals, officer changes, insurance and bond forms, training a​pprovals, etc. Below is a list of the email addresses to use.

Background checks:

  • At this time, the fingerprinting and background check functions of the BCA remain functional. Please see below an update on fingerprinting services. Background check functions will still be functioning at a limited capacity. License holders requesting background checks to be completed with fingerprint cards already complete, may mail the request and payment to the BCA.  At this time, we cannot speak to the time frame of the FBI background checks, as we are unaware of how this is impacting their operating system.

  • The BCA will be closed to the public beginning on Monday, March 30, effective until further notice. The BCA has made this temporary change to help ensure social distancing for members of the public and BCA staff.

Training Issues:

  • As an agency, we are supportive of the decision to practice social distancing. However, we do need authorization fro​​m the Board before any approvals like this are made, and we are currently working on this matter. ​​If you are looking for alternatives that are not currently certified please complete the “Continuing Education Training Application” which can be found here: https://dps.mn.gov/entity/pdb/Pages/forms.aspx

  • Please be advised that we do have approved training providers who offer online preassignment and continuing education courses. I am attaching with this email a spreadsheet containing 74 online courses including preassignment and continuing education so that everyone can meet training requirements.

Upcoming Board Meetings:

  • All public meetings have been cancelled until further notice. This includes our March Board meeting that was scheduled for Tuesday, March 31st at 10:00am. We are working on how to do it via tele-conferencing or through some other technical means.

Applications, Renewals, and Officer Changes:

  • Our agency will continue to work on processing applications, renewals and officer changes as usual. Shall any of these processes be affected by the cancelation of a Board meeting, or some other unforeseen situation, agency staff will contact you and provide further information upon the Board’s decision.

General Administrative Tasks:

  • All general administrative tasks such as address changes, insurance certificates, bonds, etc. will continue to the best of our ability.

In Person Meetings:

  •  All in person meetings ​​are cancelled until further notice.

 

CONTACT INFORMATION 

As part of our Continuity Operating Plan, our agency obtained temporary mobile phones. Please note that unless it is an absolute emergency please keep calls within our business hours of 8:00am-4:30pm Monday through Friday. Up to this point we are able to receive emails, which is our preferred method of communication.​ 

 

IMPORTANT LINKS

Executive Orders: Current List of Orders
  1. Declaring a Peacetime Emergency and Coordinating Minnesota's Strategy to Protect Minnesotans from​ COVID-19

  2. Authorizing and Directing the Commissioner of Education to Temporarily Close Schools to Plan for a Safe Educational Environment

  3. Protecting Residents of Minnesota Veterans Homes during the COVID-19 Peacetime Emergency 

  4. Providing for Temporary Closure of Bars, Restaurants, and Other Places of Public Accommodation

  5. Providing Immediate Relief to Employers and Unemployed Workers During the COVID-19 Peacetime Emergency

  6. Providing for Emergency Relief from Regulations to Motor Carriers and Drivers Operating in Minnesota

  7. Providing for State Workforce Needs During the COVID-19 Peacetime Emergency

  8. Clarifying Public ​Accommodations Subject to Executive Order 20-04

  9. Directing Delay of Inpatient and Outpatient Elective Surgery and Procedural Cases during COVID-19 Peace​​time Emergency

  10. Combatting ​Price Gouging During the COVID-19 Peacetime Emergency

  11. Securing Federal Authority to Continue Human Services Programs During the COVID-19 Peacetime Emergency​

  12. Prese​rving Access to Human Services Programs During the COVID-19 Peacetime Emergency

  13. National Guard Assistance to COVID-19 Response​

  14. Suspending Evictions and Writs of Recovery During the COVID-19 Peacetime Emergency

  15. Providing Immediate Relief to Small Businesses During the COVID-19 Peacetime Emergency

  16. Directing Non-Hospital Entities to Inventory and Preserve Vital Medical Equipment During the COVID-19 Peacetime Emergency

  17. Clarifying Application of Executive Order 20-09 to Veterinary Surgeries and Procedures

  18. Continuing the Closure of Bars, Restaurants, and Other Places of Public Accommodation

  19. Authorizing and Directing the Commissioner of Education to Implement a Distance Learning Period and Continue to Provide a Safe Learning Environment for Minnesota's Students

  20. Directing Minnesotans to Stay at Home

  21. Clarifying Application of Executive Order 20-07 to Allow for Coverage of Employees of Constitutional Officers

  22. Authorizing the State Auditor to Temporarily Suspend Reporting Requirements During the COVID-19 Peacetime Emergency

  23. Authorizing Minnesota Health-Related Licensing Boards to Modify Requirements During the COVID-19 Peacetime Emergency

  24. Providing for Emergency Relief from Regulations in Motor Carriers and Drivers Operating in Minnesota

  25. Authorizing Peace Officers, Firefighters, and Security-Related Licensing Boards to Modify Requirements During the COVID-19 Peacetime Emergency

  26. Ensuring Continuing Operations of the Medical Cannabis Program during the COVID-19 Peacetime Emergency

Link to State of Minnesota COVID-19 Updates: https://mn.gov/mmb/be-ready-mn/

Link to DHS Cyber Infrastructure Security Agency Website: https://www.cisa.gov/

Link to DHS Federal Emergency Management Agency Website: https://www.fema.gov/

John Hopkins Live Tracking Map - COVID-19: https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/map.html

Worldometer Live COVID-19 Global Updates: https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/

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