Rochester Ready initiative launches to support and showcase efforts to reopen safely

Rochester Ready initiative launches to support and showcase efforts to reopen safely

Created: June 22, 2020 03:26 PM

(ABC 6 News) - Rochester Ready is an initiative to ensure a safe and resilient recovery for Rochester, Minnesota.

The launch program for Rochester Ready is a hospitality safety pledge for restaurants, retailers and lodging properties called “Rochester Ready Safe.” Businesses that sign the pledge are committing to implementing a specific set of measures to provide a safe experience. The pledge aligns with preparedness plans required by the State of Minnesota but does ask that businesses signing the pledge institute a requirement that all employees wear nonmedical cloth face coverings and guests are encouraged to wear face coverings.


The goal of this program is to instill confidence in residents, visitors and patients so they feel safe as they shop, dine, play and stay in Rochester.

Policies and practices to reduce COVID-19 transmission risks include:

  • Physical distancing.
  • Employees reporting COVID-19 symptoms and staying home when ill.
  • All employees required to wear nonmedical (cloth) face coverings and use other hygiene and respiratory droplet controls.
  • Guests encouraged to wear nonmedical (cloth) face coverings
  • Cleaning and sanitizing.
  • Building and ventilation controls.
  • Working with Olmsted County Public Health when guests or employees become ill.
  • Other controls specific to industry, such as lodging, restaurant and retail.

The Rochester Ready initiative will evolve as the community transitions from reopening through recovery and long-term resiliency.

For more information and a list of businesses that have taken the pledge, visit

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