Governor Walz issued EO 21-11 on January 7, 2021. EO 21-11 rescinds EO 20-01 and 21-07 12:00 PM (Noon) on March 15, 2021. EO 20-11, Paragraphs 6 and 7 become effective March 15, 2021 at 12:00 PM (Noon). All other Executive Orders, other than those previously rescinded, remain in effect until the peacetime emergency Executive Order is rescinded or until it is terminated by a majority vote of each house of the Legislature, whichever occurs earlier.
EO 21-11 continues to define critical sectors business as all businesses whose workers qualified for a Critical Sector exemption under paragraph 6 of EO 20-48. Thus, workers who facilitate real estate transactions continue to be defined as Critical Sector workers.
REAL ESTATE TRANSACTIONS EXEMPT: Real estate transactions have remained on the governor’s list of Critical Sector work. This category is limited to workers who facilitate and finance real estate transactions and real estate services, including appraisers and title services.
All workers and personnel facilitating and financing real estate transactions are exempt from the prohibition to Stay at Home if they cannot do telework or virtual work at their home or residence and/or perform work that can only be done outside their home or residence. EO 20-11 allows employees to come back to work on April 14, 2021 at 11:59 pm however, employers are strongly encouraged to implement reasonable accommodations for at-risk employees or employees with one or more members of their household who have underlying medical conditions and are not yet eligible for vaccination.
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS: EO-74 requires all Critical Businesses to develop and implement a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan (PP) by June 29, 2020. The PP must comply with the requirements in EO-74 as well as with industry guidance currently posted to the Stay Safe Minnesota website .
For state licensed Critical Businesses, state agencies were directed by Governor Walz to develop guidance and template addendum plans that address unique risks and hazards of COVID-19 for their operations no later than June 15th.
All businesses in operation during the peacetime emergency must develop and implement a PP. We encourage you to monitor the Stay Safe Minnesota website for any updates to the guidance, including the most recent General Business Guidelines for EO 21-11.
OTHER RESTRICTIONS REMAIN: Under EO 21-11, critical workers must follow these restrictions and requirements:
- Travel Restriction: Critical worker exemptions apply ONLY to travel to and from an individual’s home or residence and place of work. (This includes driving to and from daycare or school.)
- Cannot Be Done at Home: They also apply ONLY when an individual’s performance of work duties CANNOT be done at their homes or residence;
- Must Follow Guidelines: Any facilitation of real estate transactions must be done to the maximum extent possible, in a manner that adheres to the MN Occupational Safety and Health Standards and the MN Department of Health (“MDH Guidelines”) and CDC Guidelines related to COVID-19.
Note the above restrictions are subject to change on April 14, 2021 as explained above.