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Up to 100,000 workers to return to the job Monday

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Dear Neighbors,

Today, Governor Walz announced next steps for Minnesota’s response to COVID-19. 

First, certain non-critical businesses are being allowed to safely return to work. Developed in partnerships with hundreds of businesses, labor and worker organizations, and public health experts, this action will allow 80,000-100,000 Minnesotans to return to work in industrial, manufacturing, and office settings on Monday, April 27. More information on the business plan is available at   


Prior to loosening restrictions for a given setting, businesses must:

Create, share, and implement a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan that sets out the actions they are taking to ensure social distancing, worker hygiene, and facility cleaning and disinfection necessary to keep workers safe

Engage in health screening of employees and ensure that sick employees stay home

Continue to work from home whenever possible

Second, distance learning will continue through the rest of the 2019-2020 school calendar year, and the Legislature will continue to work in partnership with the governor and his administration to expand technology for students, provide guidance for teachers on how to best connect with students, and support families.

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Minnesota’s success in managing this pandemic so far is the result of sacrifices being made by workers, businesses, and families, as well as cooperation between the Legislature, Governor Walz, our public and private sector leaders, and our health plans. 

Please contact me if you need help navigating programs that help small businesses, unemployed workers, and families impacted by COVID-19. Send an email to or leave me a voicemail by calling 1-800-551-5520. 

Thank you for everything you are doing to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The best place to get fast and accurate information about the pandemic is  



Paul Marquart
State Representative

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