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Marine on St. Croix restaurant the latest to close for winter

Brookside Bar & Grill will reopen in the spring.

A restaurant in Marine on St. Croix has become the latest to announce it'll shut down for the winter months amid ongoing COVID-19 restrictions.

The Brookside Bar & Grill announced on its Facebook page this week that it will be shutting its doors for the winter as of Nov. 4.

It follows the example of several other restaurants that are taking similar steps amid ongoing COVID-19 restrictions coupled with the typical challenges of operating a restaurant during the Minnesota winter.

"Given the complexities and uncertainties of the future with COVID-19, it is our top priority to protect the health of our staff, their families, and ultimately our customers and their loved ones," the restaurant announced on its Facebook page.

"We have tried to navigate the unprecedented times to the best of our ability, but the restrictions and their impact to the business is more than we can support through the winter.

"The decision was not taken lightly, but it is a measure we believe must be made considering the negative economic effects and health concerns of the pandemic."

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Restaurants and bars across Minnesota were forced to lock down for more than two months earlier this year, before Gov. Tim Walz loosened restrictions to first allow patio dining, followed by a resumption of indoor dining in early June.

Venues are currently limited to 50% of their occupancy limits, though last week the governor tweaked the restrictions slightly, increasing the maximum number of people at a table from 6 to 10.

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