Subdivision 1. Scope.
As used in sections
, the terms defined in this
section have the meanings given them.
Subd. 1a. Indoor area.
"Indoor area" means all space between a floor and a ceiling that is
bounded by walls, doorways, or windows, whether open or closed, covering more than 50 percent
of the combined surface area of the vertical planes constituting the perimeter of the area. A wall
includes any retractable divider, garage door, or other physical barrier, whether temporary or
permanent. A 0.011 gauge window screen with an 18 by 16 mesh count is not a wall.
Subd. 1b. Place of employment.
"Place of employment" means any indoor area at which
two or more individuals perform any type of a service for consideration of payment under any
type of contractual relationship, including, but not limited to, an employment relationship with or
for a private corporation, partnership, individual, or government agency. Place of employment
includes any indoor area where two or more individuals gratuitously perform services for which
individuals are ordinarily paid. A place of employment includes, but is not limited to, public
conveyances, factories, warehouses, offices, retail stores, restaurants, bars, banquet facilities,
theaters, food stores, banks, financial institutions, employee cafeterias, lounges, auditoriums,
gymnasiums, restrooms, elevators, hallways, museums, libraries, bowling establishments,
employee medical facilities, and rooms or areas containing photocopying equipment or other
office equipment used in common. Vehicles used in whole or in part for work purposes are places
of employment during hours of operation if more than one person is present. An area in which
work is performed in a private residence is a place of employment during hours of operation if:
(1) the homeowner uses the area exclusively and regularly as a principal place of business
and has one or more on-site employees; or
(2) the homeowner uses the area exclusively and regularly as a place to meet or deal with
patients, clients, or customers in the normal course of the homeowner's trade or business.
Subd. 2. Public place.
"Public place" means any enclosed, indoor area used by the general
public, including, but not limited to, restaurants; bars; any other food or liquor establishment;
retail stores and other commercial establishments; educational facilities other than public schools,
as defined in section
120A.05, subdivisions 9, 11, and 13
; hospitals; nursing homes; auditoriums;
arenas; meeting rooms; and common areas of rental apartment buildings.
Subd. 3. Public meeting.
"Public meeting" includes all meetings open to the public pursuant
Subd. 4. Smoking.
"Smoking" means inhaling or exhaling smoke from any lighted cigar,
cigarette, pipe, or any other lighted tobacco or plant product. Smoking also includes carrying a
lighted cigar, cigarette, pipe, or any other lighted tobacco or plant product intended for inhalation.
Subd. 5. Public transportation.
"Public transportation" means public means of
transportation, including light and commuter rail transit; buses; enclosed bus and transit stops;
taxis, vans, limousines, and other for-hire vehicles other than those being operated by the lessee;
and ticketing, boarding, and waiting areas in public transportation terminals.
History: 1975 c 211 s 3; 1992 c 576 s 1; 1994 c 520 s 1; 1998 c 397 art 11 s 3; 1999 c 245
art 2 s 24; 2007 c 82 s 3-7