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Critical Business Preparedness Plans due June 29

Author: MHA/Tuesday, June 23, 2020/Categories: COVID-19

On Friday, June 5th, Governor Walz issued an Executive Order (EO 20-74) which allows businesses whose workers qualified for a Critical Sector exemption to continue operating in the same manner provided in EO 20-48. EO 20-74 requires all Critical Businesses to develop and implement a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan by June 29, 2020. Such plans must comply with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) COVID-19 guidelines and OSHA standards.  

Plans must be communicated to workers and posted at the workplace in a manner that is accessible for workers to review. It is a gross misdemeanor for a business owner to violate the Executive Order, in addition there may be possible civil relief by the Attorney General with penalties up to $25,000 per occurrence.


The Preparedness Plan must comply with the requirements in EO-74 as well as with industry guidance posted to the Stay Safe Minnesota website and any additional applicable industry guidance. Your Plan should be developed to fit the business and the risks of transmission that are present in your workplace(s).

MHA has created
a Mandatory Preparedness Plan section on our website with links provided to assist you in drafting and implementing your Preparedness Plan. No specific guidance has been provided for property management activities. Therefore, you should utilize the general business guidelines and adapt them accordingly to your business. There is a template from the Dept. of Labor and Industry that was updated on June 15, 2020, to assist in drafting your Preparedness Plan.

 

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