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.