Resources during COVID-19



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COVID-19 and the economic crisis are turning our communities upside down. CTUL is calling for a wave of SOCIAL SOLIDARITY in response to this crisis – standing together in collective action to protect the most vulnerable in our communities. This means multiple forms of collective action including mutual aid for immediate physical and emotional needs, staying home to the extent possible to avoid the rapid spreading of the virus, collective demands of the government and corporations to cover basic needs and ensure systemic changes to avoid future crises, and more.

CTUL is collecting a list of resources for community members who are impacted by the moment. We will update this list as needed.

Basic Health and Safety Information

Information from the Minnesota Department of Health


Worker Protections

Earned Sick and Safe Time

Workers in Minneapolis and St. Paul have the right to paid Earned Sick and Safe Time. Click here for more details.

Unemployment Benefits

If you have lost a job or are temporarily laid off because of an issue related to the coronavirus, you should apply for Unemployment Benefits. Click this link to apply (available in multiple languages in the upper right-hand corner). Also, click here to learn about expansions of unemployment for people impacted by COVID-19. You can also Call: Monday-Friday, 8:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M., except on holidays. Twin Cities area: 651-296-3644 Greater Minnesota: 1-877-898-9090 Step 1: Make your language choice: press 1 for English, 2 for Spanish, 3 for Hmong, or 4 for Somali (If you need another language, press 1 and follow the steps below to speak to a representative and request an interpreter.) 2 Step 2: Enter your Social Security number and password followed by the # key. OR -If you are not asked to enter your password, press 2, and then press 0 to speak to a representative. Step 3: Press 2 for other options; Step 4: Press 3 for answers to commonly asked questions or to speak with a representative. Step 5: Press 0 to speak to a representative.

Other workplace protections

Click here for other state laws protecting workers rights related to COVID-19


Childcare support

The Cities Care Collective has offered to provide childcare. They are a highly trusted, inclusive, and welcoming group who can support with childcare needs as schools are closing. Email them for support at or on their Facebook page 


Food Assistance

Click here for a list of places for Free Meals and Free Groceries


Free Wi-Fi

The citywide Wi-Fi internet is now open and free for everyone during this national emergency. Folks can connect via: “City of Minneapolis Public WiFi”