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COVID-19 Updates for Restaurants, Hotels, Pools, Food Trucks and Body Art Establishments
Please see the below information about required business closures and proper safety precautions.
The MDH Businesses and Employers webpage has been updated with several new or updated documents:
- Frequently Asked Questions about Executive Orders Related to Bars, Restaurants, and Other Places of Public Accommodation (PDF) Updated to include additional clarification for golf courses and seasonal campgrounds, updated employee screening information, and links to additional resources)
- Visitor and Employee Health Screening Checklist (PDF) A tool that businesses can use to screen individuals.
- Interim Recommendations for Critical Infrastructure Workers Who Have Had Exposure to a Person with Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19 (PDF) Guidance for businesses who have had cases or suspected cases.
- Interim Guidance for Hotel Managers and Owners (PDF) Updated to include expanded guidance for cleaning and disinfecting lodging facilities
- General Guidelines for Safely Reopening Businesses
- Important reminders for senior citizens
- Legionella Concerns
- Drinking Water
- Pools and Spas
- Lodging Establishments
- Building Water Systems
- Food Trucks
- Body Art
Food, pools and lodging establishments may be closed or have low occupancy due to COVID-19. Stagnant or standing water in plumbing systems can cause conditions that increase the risk of water-borne diseases such as Legionnaires’ disease. It is important to ensure water systems are safe to use and minimize the transmission of Legionella and other bacteria.
Information for owners and operators of establishments can be found at the websites provided below.
- Extended Hot Tub/Spa Closures (CDC)
- Maintaining Public Aquatic Facilities (PHTA)
- The Health and Safety Benefits of Properly Maintaining Your Pool and Hot Tub (PHTA)
- If Pools and Hot Tubs Aren’t Essential (PHTA)
- Legionellosis (Legionella) Information for Hot Tub Owners and Operators (MDH)
- Operating Public Hot Tubs/Spas (CDC)
- Disinfection of Hot Tubs that Contain Legionella (CDC)
Food Service, Restaurants and Places of Public Accommodation
- All dining rooms must be closed. Will be monitored by police and Public Health Agencies. Subject to a $1000 fine and up to 90 days in jail if found in violation.
- Buffets and salad bars must be closed.
- No self serve condiments.
- Hotels are allowed open, but no continental breakfasts.
- Food Trucks may operate but follow social distancing guidelines and no self serve condiments.
- Food Delivery Safety Fact Sheet
- COVID-19 Employee Illness and Exclusion
- FAQs for Safely Reopening Businesses on June 1: Frequently Asked Questions
- Industry Guidance for Safely Reopening: Restaurants & Bars
- COVID-19 Preparedness Plan template and instructions for bars, restaurants and other services
Mobile Food Units at Highway Rest Areas - MnDOT
On May 3, the Governor signed Executive Order 20-49, allowing mobile food units to operate at six designated highway rest areas. Information about this program can be found on the MnDOT and MDH websites:
Body Art Establishments must be closed.
Guides to Safely Reopening Personal Care Services/Salons: https://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/covid/safework/safe-reopening/personal-care-services.jsp (available in English, Espanol, Hmoob,Somali, Vietnamese)
Hazardous Waste Generators
Regulatory Relief for Certifications
Recognizing that several certification providers are not holding regularly scheduled courses due to COVID-19-related restrictions, MDH received formal approval to modify renewal timelines for Certified Food Protection Managers, Trained Pool Operators, and Lifeguards. Information about these can be found on the MDH website:
Pool Operator Training (CPO, AFO, and lifeguards)
Minnesota Certified Food Protection Manager
2019 Novel Coronavirus Situation Summary
Minnesota Department of Health:
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA):
Customers Best Practices for Reusable Bags and Food Takeout Containers
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources:
Additional golf course guidance for food and beverage service has now been added to the DNR guidance document. See section titled: Guidelines for outdoor recreational facilities:”
- EO 20-38 stipulates that outdoor recreation facilities may provide food and beverage for “off-premises consumption,” provided such offerings are consistent with Executive Order 20-63. In the context of outdoor recreation facilities, “premises” means the permanent building and any outdoor dining or patio area.
- For example, a golf course may provide food or beverage to golfers for consumption on the course during their golf round, or as take-out after their round, so long as the food or beverage is not consumed in the clubhouse or an associated outdoor seating area.
- Food or beverage carts that travel a golf course or other outdoor recreational facility may dispense packaged food and beverages so long as there are adequate provisions for employee handwashing/hand sanitizing.
- Paragraphs 2 and 4 of Executive Order 20-04 provide additional social distancing requirements for food and beverage facilities, and those requirements apply to food and beverage facilities at outdoor recreation facilities.
Centers for Disease Control:
National Environmental Health Association (NEHA):
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Resources
Executive Order 20-01 Declaring a Peacetime Emergency and Coordinating Minnesota’s Strategy to Protect Minnesotans from COVID-19 https://www.leg.state.mn.us/archive/execorders/20-01.pdf
Executive Order 20-35 Extending the COVID-19 Peacetime Emergency Declared in Executive Order 20-01 https://www.leg.state.mn.us/archive/execorders/20-35.pdf
Executive Order 20-63 Continuing to Safely Reopen Minnesota’s Economy and Ensure Safe Non-Work Activities during the COVID-19 Peacetime Emergency https://www.leg.state.mn.us/archive/execorders/20-63.pdf