Extension of 4-week pause and survey for food businesses

food digest

December 17, 2020

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Extension of 4-week pause (EO 20-99)

Efforts to slow-down the spread of COVID-19 to prevent illness and death has greatly impacted the hospitality industry.  With the Governor’s Executive Order (EO) 20-99 (4-week pause) and the newly announced extension 20-103 (beginning 11:59 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18, 2020, and remaining in place until 11:59 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021), the impact is even greater.

Your compliance has made a difference!  The number of COVID-19 cases is beginning to decline thanks to your efforts.  The Governor’s extension is expected to decrease the number even more.  Hennepin County wants to recognize your commitment to Public Health & Safety.  Thank you.

Hennepin County Public Health is also committed to protecting the health & safety of its communities.  We license, inspect and enforce public health regulations to ensure the well-being of all its citizens and visitors to our county.  The County’s COVID-19 response efforts include the enforcement of the Governor’s Executive Orders (EO).  Complaints of violations of the Governor’s EOs are managed by Hennepin County Public Health staff.  All complaints are investigated within 24 hours. 

The Governor has recently signed a Bill to enact financial relief for those businesses that are negatively impacted.  More information about this Bill can be found on the Office of the Revisor of Statutes sites HF45 and SF31.

Again, thank you for your commitment to the health and well-being of your customers and the county’s communities!  If you have questions, please contact our office at 612-543-5200 or email us at epi-envhlth@hennepin.us.

Survey for food businesses

Please take our quick survey to help us find better ways to support you and your business during these challenging times. Your responses will help guide our future engagement sessions. Any feedback you provide will be anonymous and participation in the survey is voluntary.

Food Business Support Survey

Web resources

Visit hennepin.us/envhealth for information on:

  • General environmental health 
  • Basic food safety classes 
  • Temporary food stand licensing 
  • Food license information, categories, and fee schedule 
  • New construction or remodeling application 

Radon information and test kits


Septic system requirements and procedures


Body art licensing information (tattooing and piercing)


Beaches in Hennepin County


Public swimming pool regulations


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Food Digest is a quarterly newsletter written by inspectors from Hennepin
County Public Health Department and designed to support and educate Hennepin County food facility owners and operators. Articles focus on food
safety and requirements from the Minnesota Food Code and Hennepin County food ordinance.


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