All farmers’ markets, farmers, & food makers need to have a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan on file by June 29, 2020. This means Cottage Food Producers must complete a plan to the best of your ability and keep it on hand as you are food makers.

Farmers’ markets, farmers, and food makers were designated critical businesses under Executive Order 20-48 in April of 2020. By June 29, 2020, all critical sector businesses, including all farmers’ markets, farmers, and food makers, are required to develop and implement a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan which complies with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) COVID-19 guidelines and OSHA standards. You do NOT have to send your plan to anyone, you just need to keep it on file and follow it.

The University of Minnesota – Extension Office is currently working on design a template for cottage food producers to use or for guidance in designing your individual Preparedness Plan for your business. Once available, this post will be updated to include the template. Until then, plan templates can be found here:

Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) has created a preparedness plan template which includes all required plan components and is available in Hmong, Somali, and Spanish.

  • COVID-19 Preparedness Plan template and instructions (updated June 15, 2020) – Word document | PDF
  •  Translated versions of Word document (updated May 30, 2020) – Hmong | Somali | Spanish

A Stay Safe Minnesota website with additional information can be found here: Stay Safe Plan for safely reopening Minnesota


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