What's open and closed in Minnesota on Thanksgiving Day 2020?

Most services will not be running on Thursday and unlike most years, many stores will be closed, too.
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Happy Thanksgiving, Minnesota!

Here's what is open and closed around the state on Thursday, Nov. 26. 

Banks: Closed on Thanksgiving, though most will be open Black Friday.

Federal and state services: Closed.

City and county offices: Closed.

Malls and retail stores: The majority are closed this year, opting out of opening on Thanksgiving Day due to the COVID-19 pandemic altering shopping habits.

Stores like TargetBest Buy, Dick's Sporting Goods and Walmart, as well as Mall of America, are among those staying closed on Thanksgiving Day. Some don't even plan to open early on Black Friday in an effort to limit crowds and instead are running deals for the week of Thanksgiving or longer. 

Grocery stores: It varies from store to store – some are 24-hour stores like many Cub Foods (though some will close at 4 p.m.) and Hy-Vees, while some will have reduced hours (Whole Foods will be open 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Coborn's is open 6 a.m.-2 p.m.). Others (Lunds & Byerlys, Aldi, Costco, Sam's Club) won't open at all.

Bars and restaurants: With Gov. Tim Walz's new COVID-19 restrictions on businesses, all dine-in service is suspended until Dec. 18. Restaurants are still open for takeout and delivery, and some may be offering this service on Thanksgiving Day. 

Liquor stores: They're required by state law to be closed on Thanksgiving Day.

Parking meters: Parking meters in most cities won't be enforced on Thanksgiving. In Minneapolis, for example, metered parking will be free on both Thursday and Black Friday. However, meters run by the Park Board and the University of Minnesota will still be in operation, as well as private companies that run their own meters.

Transit: In the Twin Cities, Metro Transit buses and the light rail will follow Sunday/Holiday schedules on Thanksgiving Day, while Northstar trains do not operate on Thanksgiving Day. They will also operate a reduced service on Black Friday, with fares reduced to Saturday levels, and buses will follow Saturday routes.

The Minnesota Valley Transit Authority will only run Route 495 and the Metro Red Line on Thanksgiving Day, while some routes will resume on Friday albeit on a reduced service. More information here

Southwest Transit will not run services on Thanksgiving Day or the day after. Plymouth Metrolink and Maple Grove Transit will also not provide service on Thanksgiving Day. 

Garbage/recycling collection: If Thursday is your garbage/recycling pickup day, you won't see any service on Thanksgiving, and it will most likely be pushed back a day to Friday.

Those who get their collection on Friday can expect it to be pushed back to Monday.

The South Transfer Station in Minneapolis will also be closed on Thanksgiving, though it will re-open on Friday.

Post Offices: They will be closed for Thanksgiving but will open for Black Friday. Deliveries will return to normal schedules on Friday. Delivery services like FedEx and UPS will also be closed on Thanksgiving Day. 

Schools and universities: Public schools and most universities will be closed on Thanksgiving.

Public libraries: Closed.

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