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COVID-19 Education and Outreach In Olmsted County
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Stop the spread
The following information comes from the Minnesota Department of Human Rights.
The Minnesota Work from Home Order expires on April 15, 2021, at which time employers may request employees return to workplaces. Employers are encouraged to allow employees who can work from home to do so.
If an employee has a disability that affects their risk of contracting COVID-19 or being harmed if they do contract the virus (such as diabetes, a compromised immune system, or pregnancy), they have the right to request a reasonable accommodation from their employer. Reasonable accommodations include, but are not limited to, telework, paid/unpaid leave, a staggered work schedule, and changing workstations.
March 12, 2021:
Recognizing the progress made against COVID-19 infections and increasing vaccinations in the state, Governor Tim Walz today announced that on March 15 Minnesotans can begin safely gathering with more friends and loved ones, supporting Minnesota’s small businesses, and visiting large venues. Governor Walz has announced measures that loosen restrictions on important parts of daily life while urging Minnesotans to protect the progress we’ve made.
Unless otherwise noted, the adjustments are effective at noon on Monday, March 15. They include measures to:
Make it easier to safely gather with family:
- Social gatherings: Up to 50 people outdoors or 15 people for indoor gatherings, both without household limits.
- Youth sports: Pod size increasing to 50 for outdoor activities.
- Religious services: Remove occupancy limit, but social distancing required.
- Celebrations: Follow venue guidance.
Support small businesses:
- Bars and restaurants: Increasing allowable occupancy to 75%, up from 50%, with a limit of 250 people. The limits apply separately indoors and outdoors. Bar seating increases to parties of 4.
- Salons/barbers: Removing the occupancy limit, but social distancing required.
- Gyms/fitness centers/pools: Increasing allowable occupancy to 50%, up from 25%. Outdoor classes can increase to 50 people.
- Entertainment venues: Increasing allowable occupancy to 50%, up from 25%, both indoors and outdoors, with a limit of 250.
As summer nears, the state will adjust guidelines for large venues. All venues can open at 50% capacity up to 250 people. Venues with normal occupant capacity over 500 can add additional guests, effective April 1:
- Seated outdoor venues can add an additional 25% of their capacity over 500, with a limit of 10,000 people.
- Non-seated outdoor venues can add an additional 15% of their capacity over 500, with a limit of 10,000 people.
- Seated indoor venues can add an additional 15% of their capacity over 500, with a limit of 3,000 people.
- Non-seated indoor venues can add an additional 10% of their capacity over 500, with a limit of 1,500 people.
For more information, visit the Stay Safe MN website.
Whether or not you've been vaccinated, we all need to continue doing the following:
Get vaccinated when it's your turn: vaccinations are safe, effective and one of our best tools to end the pandemic.
Stay home: If you leave your home, do it for the essentials – your job (unless you can work from home), groceries/meals, medical appointments, the pharmacy, and nothing else. Cancel or postpone travel and social gatherings.
Wear a mask in public settings: Your mask protects me, and my mask protects you.
Practice physical distancing: Stay six feet apart from others when interacting. Governor Tim Walz today announced that on March 15 Minnesotans can begin safely gathering with more friends and loved ones, supporting Minnesota’s small businesses, and visiting large venues.
Wash your hands frequently: avoid touching your face. Use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
Get tested. Know your status: Call your health care provider or nurse triage line to get tested if you have symptoms or have had close contact with a positive case. You need to quarantine while you wait for your test results.
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