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Minnesota Eases COVID-19 Restrictions, Recommends Continued Work-From-Home

Nearly one year after Minnesota Governor Tim Walz first issued an executive order addressing the COVID-19 pandemic, he has issued new Emergency Executive Order 21-11 (Adjusting Limitations on Certain Activities and Taking Steps Forward), easing restrictions on social gatherings and occupancy limitations for certain industries.

Further, for employers of any industry, the work-from-home mandate is lifted as of April 14, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. Rather, Governor Walz continues to strongly recommend work-from-home, where possible, as the state and nation continue to combat the pandemic. Employers should consider seriously the pros and cons of having additional employees re-enter the workplace and start planning any potential transition as early as possible.

The order continues to require employers to implement and follow their COVID-19 Preparedness Plans and abide by all other mask mandate and social distancing guidelines.

The order also encourages employers to provide reasonable accommodations for at-risk employees and employees with household members who have underlying medical conditions and are not yet eligible for vaccination. Employers also should remember to abide by all federal and state anti-discrimination laws.

The road back to a “new normal” for most employers requires many considerations and planning for any industry. There are many resources available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry, and the Jackson Lewis website to assist with this planning.

Jackson Lewis attorneys are closely monitoring updates and changes to legal requirements and guidance and are available to help employers weed through the complexities involved with state-specific or multistate-compliant plans.

If you have questions or need assistance, please reach out to the Jackson Lewis attorney with whom you regularly work, or any member of our COVID-19 team.

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