Safe Learning Plan
As hospitalizations and new COVID-19 cases decline and Minnesota makes progress vaccinating educators, Governor Walz updated the Safe Learning Plan for the 2020-21 School Year to allow more middle and high school students to return the classroom.
Beginning Feb. 22, all middle and high school students can return to the classroom for hybrid or in-person learning. Governor Walz expects all schools to offer their students some form of in-person learning by March 8.
In December, Governor Walz updated the Safe Learning Plan to allow every elementary school across the state to operate in person as long as they are able to implement additional mitigation strategies. Middle and high schools will be required to implement similar health and safety strategies, including updated physical distancing requirements.
In addition to the new health and safety protocols, students and families who are learning in person, in a hybrid learning model, or participating in sports and activities are strongly encouraged to receive a COVID-19 test every two weeks. Visit COVID-19 Testing for testing options and information.
Executive Order 21-07
Executive Order (EO) 21-07 went into effect Feb. 13, 2021, at 12 p.m. and is an amendment to EO 21-01.
The EO takes steps to further reopen Minnesota’s economy safely, including:
Increasing the capacity in restaurants to 250 people, while leaving the maximum capacity at 50%.
Increasing indoor entertainment capacity to 250 people, while leaving the maximum capacity at 25%.
Increasing private events and celebrations capacity to 50 people, while leaving the maximum capacity at 25%.
Increasing gym and pool capacity to 250 people, while leaving maximum capacity at 25%, and reducing distancing requirement to 6 feet.
Allowing restaurants to stay open until 11 p.m.
Learn more at Minnesota's Stay Safe Plan: Loosening Restrictions and Stay Safe MN.