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These resources – like the public health crisis itself – are constantly evolving and are only current as to the date of publication. This page was last updated on April 27, 2020.

For more up-to-date information on the relief programs available in Minnesota, we recommend that you visit the state's COVID-19 Resource website.

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Description of Program and Relief

Minneapolis, St. Paul, and Duluth, Minnesota: Sick and Safe Time Ordinance

Description of Program and Relief

Minneapolis, St. Paul, and Duluth’s existing Sick and Safe Time Ordinances protect an employee’s time off work. The three jurisdictions have different requirements for which employers must provide sick and safe time, and Minneapolis and Duluth have specifically issued guidelines as to how the ordinance applies to employees affected by COVID-19.

Government or Lead Agency

Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights, St. Paul City Council, City of Duluth

Dates Available

Effective immediately

Eligibility Requirements/Restrictions

General eligibility requirements for the programs can be found here:

  • St. Paul

  • Duluth

  • With respect to COVID-19 in particular:

  • In Minneapolis: An employee’s sick and safe time hours are legally protected for use due to COVID-19 symptoms, testing, or infection. Ordinance protection includes, but is not limited to: COVID-19 screening; care or quarantine due to COVID-19 symptoms or infection; testing or quarantine following close personal contact with a COVID-19 infected or symptomatic person; covered family members' school or place-of-care closure due to COVID-19; and workplace closure by order of a public official due to COVID-19.

  • In Duluth: An employee’s use of sick time extends to COVID-19 screening; providing or receiving care due to COVID-19 symptoms or infection; and testing or quarantine following close personal contact with a COVID-19 infected or symptomatic person.

St. Paul has not issued COVID-19 specific guidelines for use of sick and safe time.

Application Deadlines (If Applicable)

N/A

Contact for More Information

For frequently asked questions in Minneapolis, visit here. For Duluth guidance, visit here.

List of Additional Information

For more information in Minneapolis, visit: http://sicktimeinfo.minneapolismn.gov/uploads/9/6/3/1/96313024/covid-19_and_sst_3_18_20.pdf.

For more information in Duluth, visit https://duluthmn.gov/media/9458/covid19-info.pdf

For more information in St. Paul, visit here.


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