Covid – 19 Preparedness Plans and Updated Guidelines for MN Construction Industry
Governor Walz ordered businesses to have a COVID “preparedness plan” in place on or before June 29, 2020. While that has been a requirement for some time for businesses that have been open, the new plan comes with additional requirements and restrictions for construction companies.
For general contractors, the Department of Labor will be in charge of enforcing the restrictions, meaning that failure to have and implement the plan can result in fines or license revocation.
The Department of Labor and Industry has retooled their guidelines for worksites during the COVID-19 pandemic. These guidelines require implementing several new plans for each separate worksite project.
Department of Labor and Industry Preparedness Training Webinars Available Next Week!
To assist construction businesses in finalizing their plans, the Department of Labor and Industry has scheduled webinars for next week to answer business’s questions so they can be confident the plans they have developed address the risks of COVID-19 transmission at their worksites.
Dates and times
- Wednesday, July 1 — 2 to 3:30 p.m.
- Thursday, July 2 — 9 to 10:30 a.m.
Businesses can register for a webinar at https://secure.doli.state.mn.us/events/.
Small Business Relief Grants
The MN legislature approved roughly $60 million in grants for small business affected by the pandemic. Companies can apply for a one-time $10,000 grant which will not be required to be repaid. To be eligible, an applicant must be a for profit Minnesota business in good standing, have 50 or fewer full-time workers, and be able to demonstrate financial hardships from COVID-19. For more information and to apply, see the Minnesota Small Business Relief Grant website.