Workers Exempt from MN Executive Order 20-20

This is a summary list of workers who may be exempt from the travel limitation of MN Executive Order 20-20 if their work duties cannot be performed from home (See Exec. Order 20-20 for complete details):

GUIDELINES for Critical Sectors exempt from this order:

  • All work should, to the maximum extent possible, adhere to all OSHA, MN Dept. of Health, and CDC guidelines related to COVID-19 including social distancing and hygiene.
  • Except to seek medical care and obtain necessities of life, people at high risk of severe illness from COVID-19 are strongly urged to stay in their homes even when exempt from this order.
  • Willful Violation of this order is a misdemeanor punishable by fine up to $1,000 and imprisonment up to 90 days. (This order does not encourage or allow officials to transgress an individuals constitutional rights).
  • This order may be extended by future executive orders. 

Health Care and Public Health

  • Healthcare and public health workers listed in the CISA Guidance.
  • Providers of, and workers supporting, reproductive health care, childbirth services, mental health care, and substance use treatment.
  • Workers supporting manufacturers, technicians, logistics and warehouse operators and distributors of personal care, hygiene and healthcare products.
  • Workers from a government or non-profit provider who are delivering food, prescriptions, case management services, mental health and substance abuse therapy.
  • Workers  providing home-based care for adults, seniors, and children (includes meal-delivery, interpreting services)

Law Enforcement, Public Safety, and First Responders.

  • Limited to law enforcement, public safety, and first responders listed in CISA Guidance.

Food and Agriculture

  • Limited to food and agriculture workers listed in CISA Guidance.  


Water and Wastewater

  • Limited to water and wastewater workers listed in CISA Guidance.
  • Exception for workers who supply bottled water or home filtrations systems where it is a health necessity.

Transportation and Logistics

  • Limited to transportation and logistics workers listed in CISA Guidance, in addition to:
  • State, county and local government agency workers who support transportation functions.
  • Workers engaged in roadway construction, maintenance, and utility projects
  • Public Transit Workers
  • Bicycle shops and distribution facilities
  • Select Automobile sales under strict guidelines and by appointment only

Public Works

  • Limited to public works workers listed in CISA Guidance in addition to:
  • construction material suppliers and workers providing services to maintain material sources.

Communications and information technology

  • Limited to communications and information technology workers listed in CISA Guidance in addition to:
  • All workers who support news services of all kinds.

Other community-based government operations and essential functions

  • Limited to workers listed under this category in CISA Guidance in addition to:
  • Election support services and election administration workers
  • Housing, shelter, and homelessness-prevention staff of local agencies and organizations(others as essential)
  • Workers performing all other governmental functions which are necessary to ensure the health, safety and welfare of the public. See order 20-20 for more details.
  • Workers supporting building code enforcement and supporting construction required in response to the COVID-19 peacetime emergency.

Critical Manufacturing

  • Limited to critical manufacturing workers listed in the CISA Guidance (including iron ore mining)

  • Limited to the hazardous materials workers listed in the CISA Guidance.

Financial Services

  • Workers at banks, credit unions, insurance companies/agencies, and others as identified in the CISA Guidance.


Defense industrial base:

  • Limited to defense industrial base workers listed in the CISA Guidance.

Tribal Governments

  • Tribal officers and workers deemed essential by the relevant Tribal government, regardless of residence.

Judicial Branch

  • Limited to judicial officers and personnel deemed essential by the Chief Justice to ensure the continued operations of Minnesota's court system

Executive Branch

  • Limited to personnel deemed necessary to continue priority services of executive branch agencies.

Constitutional Offices

  • Limited to personnel deemed essential by the applicable Constitutional Officer.

Legislative Branch

  • Limited to personnel deemed essential by the presiding officers of each body.

Federal Employees

  • This order does not prevent  or restrict in any way the operations of the federal government or movement of federal officials in Minnesota in their official capacity.

National Guard

  • National Guard members on orders, or workers necessary for the execution of the National Guard's mission.

Faith Leaders and Workers

  • Workers in houses of worship, wherever their services may be needed, including workers necessary to distribute online or broadcast content to community members


  • Educators and other workers supporting public and private schools, and higher education. 
  • Including workers providing care under Executive Order 20-19.  
  • Executive Order 20-02 remains in effect. 

Construction and Critical Trades

  • Workers in skilled trades of all kind
  • Exterminators
  • Custodial staff for commercial and governmental properties
  • Security staff

Child Care Providers

  • Care Centers, Family child care, schools and other services are encouraged to remain open for essential workers and their families.
  • Includes individuals providing personal child care for friends, family, or neighbors exempted in this order.

Hotels, Residential Facilities and Shelters

  • Includes workers in facilities sheltering adults, seniors, children, including victims of domestic violence, people with developmental disabilities, and more (including maintenance, food and custodial workers)
  • Workers supporting shelters for displaced individuals

Charitable and Social Services Organizations

  • Workers in organizations supporting hunger relief, providing food, shelter, prescription delivery, mental health and substance abuse treatments, and other social services.

Legal Services


Critical Labor Union Functions

  • Workers essential to labor union activity including the administration of health and welfare funds, and monitoring the wellbeing and safety of members providing services in critical sectors.

Laundry Services

  • Limited to workers who support laundromats, dry cleaners, industrial laundry services, and  laundry service providers for other critical sectors.

Animal Shelters and Veterinarians

  • Limited to veterinarians and workers at animal care facilities
  • DNR Workers who provide food, shelter, veterinary services. 

Real Estate Transactions

  • Limited to workers who facilitate and finance real estate transactions and real estate services
  • Appraisers and title services

Essential Supply Stores

  • Limited to workers at businesses that sell products, tools materials or supplies for the above critical sectors, for workers who work from home, for essential operation and  care of homes and residences.

For the most up to date information on who is exempt from Order 20-20 visit: