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Protect Yourself & Others: COVID-19

Slow the spread

In general, the more people you interact with, the more closely you interact with them, and the longer that interaction, the higher your risk of getting and spreading COVID-19.

It is up to all of us to protect ourselves and others by getting vaccinated and following recommendations to slow the spread of COVID-19. Even if you are fully vaccinated, it is still important to wear a mask that fits well, stay at least 6 feet away from other people, wash your hands often, and stay home if you are sick. For more information, visit About COVID-19 Vaccine: For fully vaccinated people.


  • Stay home if you feel sick.

  • Stay at least 6 feet from people who do not live with you.

  • Telework if you can.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

  • If you are age 65 or older or have certain underlying medical conditions, consider avoiding activities and situations where you could be exposed, including travel, even if you have been vaccinated.

  • CDC: Prevent Getting Sick



  • Wash your hands often, with soap and water. Wash for at least 20 seconds.

  • Always wash your hands after being in a public place.

  • If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer that is at least 60% alcohol.

    • Hand Hygiene

Cover your cough

  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. Cough or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue. Throw used tissues in the trash. Wash your hands.

    • Cover Your Cough


  • Cleaning and then disinfecting surfaces can reduce the spread of COVID-19.

    • Most common EPA-registered household disinfectants will work. If surfaces are dirty, use detergent or soap and water to clean them before disinfecting.

  • Always follow instructions on household cleaners. Do not drink, breathe in, or inject household cleaners. This can hurt or kill you. Call poison control or a doctor immediately if you drink a cleaning product.

  • Do not use disinfectant sprays or wipes on your skin or on pets. This can hurt your skin and your pets.

  • Learn more about how to safely clean and disinfect surfaces at CDC: Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Home.

Indoor Air Considerations: COVID-19 Areas with good airflow can help reduce droplets that spread COVID-19 in the air. Learn more about how to improve airflow, ventilation, circulation, and more. Updated 1/22/21

Masks and face coverings

Face coverings, often called masks, can help stop your germs from infecting others. Research has shown that wearing masks reduces the risk of infection, especially when combined with other prevention efforts such as washing your hands often and staying 6 feet away from others.

For the best protection against COVID-19, your mask must have at least two layers of tightly woven fabric, cover your nose and mouth completely, and fit snugly against your face without gaps.

As of July 25, 2020, per the Governor's Executive Order, people in Minnesota are required to wear a face covering in all indoor businesses and public indoor spaces, unless you are alone.

  • Face Covering Requirements and Recommendations

    • Where to report concerns with compliance or ask questions

  • Frequently Asked Questions About the Requirement to Wear Face Coverings

  • Face Coverings in Organized Sports During COVID-19 (PDF)

  • For Businesses: Share Our Message Download "Masks Required" signs for your business or public indoor space

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