Learn the law & your rights

When asserting your rights, it is critical to communicate focusing squarely on the law. In order to communicate with clarity, you must know what laws protect you, and from where your unalienable and civil rights originate.

  1. Laws
    Are you aware that the executive branch and its leader (governor or president) cannot compel YOU or even a business to do ANYTHING? They cannot. You are compelled to do things or not do things by laws, and the legislature is the only branch of government that can create or remove a law.

    The executive branch can only enforce laws that already exist by directing departments, such as the Health Department, to create rules and regulation that aid in the enforcement of laws already on the books. This FACT is the reason that the executive “orders” that the governor and mayor have published are not laws, and cannot be legally enforced. Learn more about this issue here.
  2. Rights
    What are your rights? What laws protect you? Please explore each section of the “Laws that Protect You” page.
  3. When you are done, please move on to step 5: connect with others by learning about efforts already in progress, connecting with groups in your area and state, and joining the district voter database.

Take a short time to familiarize yourself with the guidance the Minnesota Department of Health has provided to employers:

Executive Order 20-81 does not
  • Require businesses or their workers to enforce face covering requirements when it is unsafe to do so.
  • Authorize businesses to restrain, assault, or physically remove workers or customers who refuse to comply with Executive Order 20-81 when it would not otherwise be legal to do so.
  • Authorize businesses and their workers to violate other laws, including anti-discrimination laws.

For additional information about the steps businesses can take to ensure compliance with Executive Order 20-81, refer to Executive Order 20-81 which is available at Executive Orders from Governor Walz, and the  Frequently Asked Questions About the Requirement to Wear Face Coverings.


While Minnesota expects that businesses and individuals will voluntarily comply with the requirements of this guidance and Executive Order 20-81 to keep their fellow Minnesotans safe, there are consequences for violation of these requirements. These consequences can include petty misdemeanor citations and fines for people, and criminal, civil, and regulatory sanctions for businesses (and their owners and managers). For more information, see Executive Order 20-81 available at Executive Order 20-81 which is available at Executive Orders from Governor Walz, and the Frequently Asked Questions About the Requirement to Wear Face Coverings.

The state government has even established a snitch line — find more information here: https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/facecover.html

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