State seeks feedback on reopening businesses

One of the most pressing concerns the state faces during this pandemic is determining when, how and which businesses can start to reopen. State agencies and Senate Republicans are seeking feedback from the public regarding how to safely practice social distancing when reopening their businesses.

At the state level, the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) is gathering this information to help guide Gov. Walz in his decision-making on the stay-at-home order. Members of the public, particularly those who own or operate businesses, are encouraged to provide their feedback on how to safely reopen at www.mn.gov/deed/critical. Scroll to the bottom of the web page and click on the phrase titled “SHARE YOUR INPUT” to make a submission.

The Senate GOP is also gathering this information at mnsenaterepublicans.com/openmn to help guide legislative solutions.

Legislation has been introduced in the Senate, SF 4480, that would allow businesses to submit a plan for safe operation during the peacetime emergency to DEED. Under the bill, the agency would have three days to approve or reject the plan. However, DEED Commissioner Steve Grove has said that it would not be doable to review individual plans or make decisions to reopen businesses on a case-by-case basis, making passage of this legislation unlikely. The Senate Jobs Committee is scheduled to hold a hearing on SF 4480 on Monday.