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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.

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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