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Reopening Plan Template: Get Your Business Ready

Gov. Tim Walz’s recent Executive Orders require non-critical businesses that have now been reopened to establish a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan. The completed business preparedness plan is not required to submitted to DLI for approval, but needs to be made available upon request. This is the same template that we sent last week but wanted to make sure you received it and were aware of it.
Preparedness Plan Requirements
A business’s COVID-19 Preparedness Plan shall establish and explain the necessary policies, practices and conditions necessary to meet the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) guidelines for COVID-19, federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)standards and Executive Order 20-48, related to worker and customer – if the business has customer-facing operations – exposure to COVID-19. The plan should have the strong commitment of management and be developed and implemented with the participation of workers. The Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry (DLI), in consultation with MDH, has the authority to determine whether a plan is adequate.
Your COVID-19 Preparedness Plan must include and describe how your business will implement at a minimum the following:
  1. infection prevention measures;
  2. prompt identification and isolation of sick persons;
  3. engineering and administrative controls for social distancing;
  4. customer controls and protections for drop-off, pick-up and delivery;
  5. housekeeping, including cleaning, disinfecting and decontamination;
  6. communications and training for managers and workers necessary to implement the plan; and
  7. provision of management and supervision necessary to ensure effective ongoing implementation of the plan.
The following linked document includes a template for a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan that includes the criteria listed above and is developed to fit the potential needs of different types of businesses. This template should be used with the Checklist guidelines for creating a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan. No business is required to use this template. If you choose to use this template, you must adapt it to fit the specific needs of your business.
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