COVID-19: Darts, pool, other sports leagues now allowed in bars

People can't use billiards tables or dartboards unless it's part of an organized league.
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The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has updated its guidance for bars and restaurants, allowing them to host organized leagues, like darts, billiards and bags.

MDH updated its COVID-19 guidance on Wednesday to allow these organized leagues so long as they adhere to the state's guidance. 

The guidance includes the following rules for bars:

  • Schedule games and activities to manage attendance to allow 6 feet of physical distancing between participants (MDH says this could slow down play and result in changes in play patterns or movements).
  • Reduce capacity during these scheduled events to 25% (not to exceed 250 people) – currently, capacity for bars and restaurants is at 50% (not to exceed 250 people) for regular food and beverage service.
  • Ensure waiting areas between plays provide 6 feet of physical distancing and separation between patrons.
  • All participants must wear face coverings at all times, but can be removed temporarily when eating or drinking so long as 6 feet of physical distancing can be maintained between participants.

While patrons can play billiards, darts and other entertainment games if it's part of a scheduled league, restaurants and bars that are open for regular food and beverage service must require customers to be seated in all areas. 

As a result, they're not allowed to use pool tables, dartboards, etc. 

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