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COVID-19 Resources for Retailers

A strong retail community is important during all seasons, but especially in times of uncertainty such as the conditions surrounding COVID-19. Below are resources for retailers.

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Looking for the guide to re-open your retail store or customer facing business? Click here! Now added: 30 minute webinar.

July 22: Statewide Mask Mandate Effective July 25

Today Governor Walz announced Executive Order 20-81. This order requires face coverings in indoor spaces and public buildings including retail stores, and in similar outdoor settings where social distancing is not possible. This mandate will go into effect on July 25.

Signage will be required at retail stores. Retailers will be required to make a reasonable effort to educate non-compliant customers. Retailers will be required to deal with a non-compliant customers in a manner similar to how they would deal with any other non-compliant customers relative to store policy.

Any retailer or other impacted party that blatantly disregards the order will be subject to penalties including up to a $1,000 fine or by imprisonment for not more than 90 days.

Business obligations, what a face covering is, and exemptions can be found here: https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/facecover.html

Impacted businesses are required to update their COVID-19 preparedness plan accordingly. Preparedness Plan Requirement Guidance for retail stores can be found here: https://mn.gov/deed/assets/reopening-minnesotas-consumer-facing-businesses_tcm1045-431883.pdf

Local orders that exceed the state order are not preempted, but an analysis by MnRA shows a majority of local masking requirements are superseded by the state order.

In summary, retailers are required to:

  1. Ensure workers and customers are masked.
  2. Update COVID-19 preparedness plans to reflect the masking requirement.
  3. Treat non-compliant customers as you would any other customer violating a store policy.
  4. Post signage indicating masking is required.

See MnRA's statement on the masking order here: https://www.mnretail.org/news/item/mn

July 8: Local Face Covering Requirements List

A Minnesota Retailers Association (MnRA) membership is good business.

MnRA tells your story every day for the betterment of the industry and provides you access to member benefits that simply cannot be efficiently accessed on your own.

Our Promise to the Retail Industry:

MnRA will save members time and money, while making Minnesota a stronger place for retailers to do business.


The Mission of the Minnesota Retailers Association is to promote, preserve and enhance the retail industry in Minnesota by taking a significant leadership position in development of public policy and regulatory measures that impact Members. MnRA will also work to enhance the public image of the retail industry by providing information, services and support that adds value and profitability to its members.


The Minnesota Retailers Association is recognized as the most significant voice representing the retail industry in the public policy arena. Policy makers, community leaders, and valued stakeholders recognize the Association's critical role in shaping public policy important to the profitability of merchants across the state. MnRA's membership is diverse in size and geography. Members recognize that the Association adds value and profitability through its representation before public policy makers, its affinity programs, and as a spokesperson with the print and broadcast media.

MnRA works for every retailer!

Mainstreet Retailers

Mainstreet Retailers

From single store to multiples, MnRA's small business retail members use us to:
  • Stay up-to-date on new laws impacting retailers and consumers.
  • Learn about best practices.
  • Network with peers.
  • Connect with the suppliers offering special small business services.

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Regional Retailers

Regional Retailers

With a presence in the midwest or across the state, MnRA's regional retail members look to us for:
  • State and local legislative monitoring and engagement.
  • Industry PR efforts.
  • Connections with peers.
  • Effcient ways to connect with regulators and elected officials.

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National Retailers

National Retailers

Operating across the country, our national retailers count on us for:
  • Timely updates on local and state issues impacting consumers and retailers.
  • Opportunities to discuss their business model with regulators and elected officials.
  • Leadership opportunities.
  • Industry representation before media outlets.

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MnRA Staff & Resources

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Savannah Sepic

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Where to find us....

The headquarters for MnRA is located in St. Paul, within close proximity to the State Capitol building.

A fee-based parking ramp is located below our office in the Securian Center.

Visitors check in at the security desk on the skyway (2) level.

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