Today, Mayor Jacob Frey signed an emergency regulation requiring employees to be tested regularly for COVID-19. An alternative to the regular testing is to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Minneapolis’ Human Resources Department is developing the procedures for the requirement with more details forthcoming, including how employees will be required to demonstrate proof of vaccine and where to access COVID-19 testing.
Testing requirements and the option to instead provide proof of vaccination will begin at the Minneapolis Convention Center (MCC) starting mid-September as a first phase of this rollout. MCC procedures will be evaluated and adjusted by City staff and additional Departments may be considered based on operational needs. Rollout to full City enterprise is expected in the coming weeks. In addition to being the first location to require testing or vaccines, MCC is a COVID-19 testing site for both City employees and the public.
“Vaccines save lives,” said Frey. “Our local government employees have been on the frontlines of this pandemic, and Minneapolis has helped lead our state forward when it comes to data-driven public health measures. Thanks to a remarkable team at the City, labor partners, and community, we’re moving forward with a plan to keep Minneapolis residents and staff safe and healthy.”
Minneapolis and Hennepin County continue to uphold mask mandates for City and County staff and City- and County-owned buildings, while all residents are encouraged to continue masking when indoors.
Businesses are urged to adopt universal masking requirements for customers entering indoor areas of their businesses to provide better protection to their employees and customers. Also in accordance with CDC guidelines, restaurants and bar owners are encouraged to follow CDC’s guiding principles for promoting behaviors that reduce virus spread, maintaining healthy environments and operations, and preparing for when an employee gets sick. The City will continue to make masks available to businesses and organizations at no cost. Trainings on workplace safety can be accessed here.
Full text of Frey’s Emergency Regulation can be found here.