Cities Must Adopt COVID-19 Preparedness Plan by June 29

June 8, 2020

The state is expected to release guidance on Preparedness Plans for critical businesses by June 15.

Under Executive Order 20-74 (pdf), released by Gov. Tim Walz on June 5, critical sector businesses — including government entities like cities — are now required to adopt a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan.

Previously, only non-critical businesses were required to have a Preparedness Plan prior to reopening. Cities do not have to stop operations while creating a plan, but they must adopt a plan by June 29.

Plan guidance

The commissioners of the Minnesota departments of Health, Employment and Economic Development (DEED), and Labor and Industry have been directed to provide additional industry guidance for critical businesses, as necessary, no later than June 15. The guidance will be posted on the state’s Stay Safe Minnesota website.

For state licensed or state certified critical businesses that are operating under and adhering to existing policies and procedures or requirements related to health and safety, including requirements to establish and implement COVID-19 Preparedness Plans, state agencies have been directed to develop guidance and template addendum plans that address unique risks and hazards of COVID-19 for their operations. Relevant agencies must publish such guidance by June 15 and post it to the state’s Stay Safe Minnesota website.

It is not yet clear if there will be guidance issued specifically for cities or other government entities. Cities may wish to start working on their plan while waiting for the state’s new guidance. Current COVID-19 Preparedness Plan guidance from DEED, along with information from the League may be helpful to begin working on a Preparedness Plan.

Plan adoption

For most cities, the COVID-19 Preparedness Plan should be adopted by the city council. Exceptions might include cities that have delegated this type of authority to a city manager or emergency manager through a resolution or ordinance.

Cities that meet only once a month may need to plan a special meeting to adopt the COVID-19 Preparedness Plan between June 16 and June 29. A plan adopted prior to June 15 should be reviewed to ensure compliance with state guidance.

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