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State leaders want ideas on best practices for reopening Minnesota's economy

A brief survey is available to all Minnesotans to provide feedback.

State leaders want business owners and employees of all levels to provide feedback about the best practices that should be taken to reopen Minnesota's economy. 

The rolling reopening of Minnesota's economy will vary by industry based on numerous variables, including how predictable a workplace setting is, which has a direct impact on social distancing, which will remain part of regular life over the course of the new coronavirus pandemic. 

Thousands of non-customer-facing business were allowed to reopen a couple of weeks ago, and this week marks an opportunity for more retailers to partially reopen with curbside pick-up and delivery availability. 

"Each time we make a move on that dial to reopen part of society comes with a very careful plan in place," said Steve Grove, commissioner of the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). 

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To help create those plans, Grove is calling on Minnesotans to fill out a brief survey that will help define the reopening process. You can find the survey here

In short, DEED is looking for answers on how your business or employer can best practice social distancing if allowed to reopen. The survey asks you to identity what type of workplace setting you're answering for and then looks to find out which of the following your advice is related to: 

  • Spacing / social distancing
  • Sanitation / cleaning
  • Using personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Utilizing physical barriers
  • Processing payments
  • Receiving and fulfilling customer orders
  • Timings / appointments

Grove said DEED is in frequent communication with around 8,000 business leaders in Minnesota. 

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"We are going to recover from this crisis," Grove concluded. 

Through May 3, nearly 597,000 members of Minnesota's workforce have filed for unemployment insurance since the coronavirus-related economic shutdowns began impacting the state on March 16. 

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