Minnesota Senate passes legislation that allows businesses to safely resume operations

On Monday, the Minnesota Senate passed legislation that would allow many small businesses to safely resume operations. The bill, Senate File 4511, provides a framework for businesses to return to the workplace and safely resume operations if they follow Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) guidelines.

“We have reached unprecedented levels of unemployment, and we need to get people back to work safely while following recommended guidelines,” said Senator Carrie Ruud (R-Breezy Point). “The road to economic recovery will be long, but we can protect people and save small businesses if we start reopening now.”

The legislation would allow businesses that are closed to occupancy by members of the public to resume operations if the business abides by workplace safety recommendations and guidance from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The bill would take effect the day following its enactment.

The legislation awaits a hearing by the House of Representatives.