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14 Minnesota bars, restaurants warned for alleged breaches of COVID-19 measures

Employees not wearing face masks was the main violation.

Fourteen bars and restaurants in Minnesota have been served with warnings by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety for alleged violations of COVID-19 safety measures.

The DPS issued a statement Monday identifying the establishments that have failed to comply with Gov. Tim Walz's regulations for bars during the pandemic.

It follows a two-week sweep that saw 919 establishments surveilled by investigators to see if bars were maintaining social distancing, if employees were wearing face masks, and if bars were adhering to the 50 percent maximum capacity rule.

Most of the violations announced Monday concerned employees not wearing masks.

Here are those served with warning letters, most of which are in the Twin Cities metro.

  • Neisen’s Sports Bar, Savage
  • K & J Catering , North St Paul
  • Route 47 Pub & Grub, Fridley
  • Long Siding Bar & Grill, Princeton
  • Danno’s, Anoka
  • CoV, Wayzata
  • Hoban Korean BBQ, Minneapolis
  • Pablo’s Mexican Restaurant, Shakopee
  • Arnie’s Friendly Folks Club, Shakopee
  • Princeton Speedway, Princeton
  • Rollie’s, Sauk Rapids
  • Breakfast Bar, Minneapolis
  • The Stadium, Annandale
  • Cowboy Jacks, Minneapolis

Among those warned is Cowboy Jacks in Minneapolis, which has previously been identified as being the source of a small outbreak of COVID-19, along with a handful of other bars in Minnesota.

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The DPS has warned that violations could result in fines or lead to the loss of a bar's or restaurant's liquor license.

It comes amid concern at a national level about the lack of social distancing and mask wearing at bars, which comes amid a spike in COVID-19 cases among younger Americans who tend to frequent them.

The DPS has said it will proceed with "education before enforcement," and has advised solutions including marking areas for better social distancing, canceling of bands, and unplugging pool tables and darts machines.

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