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Stay Safe MN
Minnesota Department of Health COVID-19 Hotline
Minnesota Department of Health Resources
COVID-19 Preparedness Planning Resources
Gov. Tim Walz COVID-19 Discrimination Letter
Resources for Discrimination during COVID-19
Scams and Price Gouging
Driver & Vehicle Services Updates
Travel and Transportation
Stay Safe MN Order
Voting in the General Election
2020 Census
Safe Holiday Celebrations during COVID-19
MN Limits and Restrictions Update Webinar


Stay Safe MN

On November 10, 2020, Governor Tim Walz signed Executive Order (20-96) to curb the spread of COVID-1 by enforcing health safety restrictions in the riskiest settings:

As of Nov. 13 at 10 pm, bars and restaurants will close between 10pm and 4am. Counter seating will not be available unless the restaurant is counter seating only. All restaurants will permit up to 150 people indoors, but will not exceed 50% of total capacity.

After Nov. 27, receptions and similar events can last until 10pm, and capacity for such events is 50. After Dec. 11, capacity for such events is 25.

As of Nov. 13 at 10 pm, Indoor and outdoor social gatherings are limited to 10 people, representing up to three households.


COVID-19 Masks Do’s and Don’ts video – click here


Stay up-to-date with news regarding the Stay Safe MN orders here.

Frequently Asked Questions about Stay Safe MN – English, Amharic, Oromo, Hmong, Karen, Russian, Somali, Spanish


The State of Minnesota announces new tools to help businesses promote safe work environments. Executive Order 20-40, the Governor requires all non-critical businesses coming back into workplace environments to engage in proper health screenings each day. Target Corp, Minnesota IT Services, and the Minnesota Safety Council have created the MN Symptom Screener, a new web-based tool that allows businesses to enter non-personal health information to help make a determination about someone entering their facility.
Learn more about the announcement here.


Business owners must take reasonable steps to enforce the Governor’s face covering requirement for workers, customers, and visitors. The Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce will have masks available for business owners to pick up at the Kellogg Boulevard lobby of the RiverCentre starting on Monday, July 27, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.  Call 651-265-2775 with questions. 
 
In addition to pick up availability at RiverCentre, Ramsey County and City of Saint Paul will be supporting direct distribution to high-priority businesses unable to access this site, including those owned by people of color located in areas with higher numbers of COVID cases. Contact Clare Verbeten at 651-266-8922 at the City, or Prince Corbett at 612-430-0897 (or racialequity@ramseycounty.us) at Ramsey County for questions regarding this focused distribution.

Other business requirements can be found under the “Businesses’ obligations under the Executive Order” headline on the Minnesota Department of Health’s website. #MaskUpMN materials for business owners are also available for download.

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Minnesota Department of Health COVID-19 Hotline

New COVID-19 public hotline hours 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday – 651-201-3920 or 1-800-657-3903.

Minnesota Department of Health Resources

  • The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is conducting a modified Community Assessment for Public Health Emergency Response (CASPER) to understand the impact of COVID-19 on Minnesota communities. A CASPER survey is a quick way for public health workers and emergency managers to understand the needs of a community.

    The information collected from a community helps:
    • Make informed decisions.
    • Initiate public health action and identify information gaps.
    • Facilitate disaster planning, response, and recovery activities.
    • Allocate resources and assess new or changing needs.

      For more information – click here
  • The Minnesota Department of Health is doing a COVID-19 study to learn more about how it has impacted Minnesotans. The public health workers doing the survey will come to certain households to talk to you in person. They will be wearing colored vests. They also wear gloves, masks, and other protective gear often in order to keep all participants safe. Learn more – click here
  • Minnesota Department of Health Guidance related to recent civil unrest – The Minnesota Department of Health recommends that any Minnesotan who has attended a protest, vigil, or community clean-up get tested for COVID-19. If you start to feel sick, get tested right away. If you do not feel sick, get tested as soon as you can, but no later than 5-7 days after the event. If the test is negative and you are worried you might have been exposed, get another test 12-14 days after the event, even if you do not feel sick. Talk to a doctor, local clinic, or find a testing location near you here.
  • MDH COVID-19 Home: click here
  • MDH Situation Update: click here
  • MDH recommendations: click here
  • Minnesota Department of Health Contractor COVID-19 Messaging – click here

COVID-19 Preparedness Planning Resources

  • SAFE Retail Toolkit developed by Target in response to the fast-changing conditions presented by coronavirus. This toolkit includes templates and guides for employee health screening, benefits examples and cleaning protocols, as well as social distancing and safe employee measures. This guide can be interpreted and adapted to meet your needs.

Gov. Tim Walz COVID-19 Discrimination Letter

Resources for Discrimination during COVID-19

  • Information on mistreatment and discrimination due to COVID-19. To submit a complaint click here or call 651-539-1133.
  • Report discrimination to the Minnesota Department of Human Rights by phone 1-833-454-0148 or complete and submit an online form – click here
  • Report racist incidents against Asian Americans to the Asian Americans Advancing Justice – click here 
  • Joint statement against racism and violence toward Asian American and Pacific Islanders – click here
  • Latest Ramsey County data about COVID-19 – click here

Scams and Price Gouging

  • The Minnesota Department of Commerce and Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) are warning Minnesotans to be on alert for text scams related to contact tracing of COVID-19. According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), scammers are sending texts that tell the recipient that someone with whom they had contact has tested positive, and to click a link for more information. Depending on the specific attack, by clicking on the link, the victim could be prompted to download unwanted software that can access data on their phone, or they may be directed to a site that tries to trick them into revealing sensitive information like their Social Security number, bank information, passwords or medical information.

    Remember official public health workers conducting contact tracing initially will reach out to people by phone, NOT text. Learn more here.
  • Beware of companies selling at-home COVID19 tests. They’re often expensive and most aren’t FDA-approved. There are many testing sites across Minnesota. While testing is free, there could be costs for the office visit. Call ahead to make an appointment and ask about cost.
  • Attorney General’s Office information on potential COVID-19 scams: click here
  • If you believe you have been the victim of a COVID-19 scam, please contact (651) 296-3353 (Metro) or (800) 657-3787 (Greater Minnesota) or use this link to File a Complaint: click here
  • Beware of companies selling at-home COVID-19 tests. They’re often expensive and most aren’t FDA-approved. There are many testing sites across MN. While testing is free, there could be costs for the office visit. Call ahead to make an appointment and ask about cost.
  • Buyer Beware: How to Avoid Scams & Misinformation during COVID-19 – click here for resource from the CDC

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Driver & Vehicle Services Updates

  • Minnesotans who lost their driver’s license or ID card, or had it stolen, can now apply for a duplicate card while Department of Public Safety Driver and Vehicle Services (DPS-DVS) exam stations are closed. There are two options:
    • 1) Deputy registrar and driver’s license agent offices can accept duplicate driver’s license and ID card applications that do not require a photo at their office. No face-to-face transactions are available, so offices are offering this in a way where you do not physically enter the building.
    • 2) If a local office isn’t offering this service, DPS-DVS can send a photo receipt and letter to serve as a temporary replacement for a lost driver’s license or ID card while exam stations are closed to Minnesotans who submit the request. More information, including instructions, is on the DVS COVID-19 FAQ webpage.
  • Gov. Walz signed a bill on March 28 – If your driver’s license or instruction permit expired during the peacetime emergency, you have an extension for two months after the month the peacetime emergency ends. You currently have till the end of August 2020 to renew your license/permit.

    The REAL ID deadline has been extended to October 1, 2021. We are advising against rushing to DVS locations to apply for REAL IDs at this time. Visit https://bit.ly/DVSOnlineServices for an expanded list of online DVS services (Renew tabs, check DL status, schedule a road test etc.).

    If you had a road test canceled due to the stay at home order, you have now received or will soon be receiving a notice to reschedule. Please reschedule promptly; do not miss your appointment; practice and come prepared to pass the first time; wear a mask; clean your car and follow your examiners’ instructions. See DVS Road Tests: How to Be Prepared for Your Exam https://youtu.be/YBAPJBZQh1A. The DVS is currently focused on rescheduling canceled tests. The schedule will reopen to the public to schedule new appointments on June 8.
  • The Minnesota Driver’s Manual has been updated to include information on what drivers and law enforcement should expect during a traffic stop, particularly when a driver has a firearm. 

    Valerie Castile advocated for the addition to the manual to encourage consistency in traffic stops by law enforcement and ensure that drivers know what to expect. Castile’s son, Philando, died four years ago today after a Falcon Heights police officer shot him during a traffic stop. Philando Castile informed the officer that he was legally carrying a firearm. 

    The Minnesota Driver’s Manual already includes guidance for motorists stopped by law enforcement. The new language outlines in further detail what drivers with firearms should and should not do during a traffic stop. It also describes what motorists can expect from law enforcement.
    • The new information in the Minnesota Driver’s Manual advises motorists with firearms to:
      • Keep their hands on the steering wheel as the officer approaches.
      • Let the officer know they have a firearm.
      • Tell the officer the firearm’s location.
    • Drivers should not:
      • Reach around inside the vehicle.
      • Get out of the vehicle unexpectedly or approach the officer.
    • The new language also outlines what drivers can expect from law enforcement during a traffic stop. While every traffic stop varies based on the circumstances, drivers can generally expect the officer to:
      • Greet the driver.
      • Identify themselves as a law enforcement officer.
      • Obtain the driver’s license and proof of insurance.
      • Inform the individual of the reason for the stop and explain the circumstances for issuance of the citation or warning.
      • Check both the validity and authenticity of the driver’s license.

        View the new language starting on page 40 of the Minnesota Driver’s Manual.

Travel and Transportation

  • Minnesota Commerce Department resource: click here
  • Commerce Department Consumer Services Center: 651-539-1600 or file a complaint: click here
  • Considerations before traveling – click here
  • Metro Transit will expand bus and light rail service starting in September. On Saturday, Sept. 12, many local bus routes, the METRO A Line and the METRO C Line will have about as much service as they did before the COVID-19 pandemic. The METRO Blue Line and METRO Green Line will offer 10-minute service throughout most of the day.
  • Unemployment insurance is now accepted as certification by MetroTransit’s Transit Assistance Program (TAP). The Transit Assistance Program (TAP) provides a reduced fare pass on a Go-To Card for low-income residents. It allows customers to use a bus or train for just $1 per ride – even during rush hour – with a 2½ hour transfer. To learn more – click here

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Voting in the General Election

  • To vote early by mail and learn more about voting early, click here.
  • To register vote online, click here
  • Election Talk: On Tuesday, Oct 27, from 7pm- 8pm, we will be presenting a HAP “Election Talk” that will cover early voting, mail in ballots, voter suppression, and many other pressing issues. The event will be hosted by local Hmong emcee, Tou Ger Xiong. Don’t miss out! Click here to view flyer.

2020 Census

It is not too late to be counted for the census, either via self-response or answering a few questions from an enumerator. Households should respond right away to not miss out on the resources and political power their community deserves. Visit my2020census.gov to complete the census.

Safe Holiday Celebrations during COVID-19

The Minnesota Department of Health has provided guidance to help you safely navigate holiday gatherings.  

MN Limits and Restrictions Update Webinar

  • Check Out out this conversation with Governor Walz and representatives from the Department of Health, Department of Labor and Industry, and Department of Employment and Economic Development.

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