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Coronavirus: When will youth sports, church services, and gyms reopen?

The Walz Administration has announced its latest phase of reopening.
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The next steps in the rolling reopening of Minnesota's economy during the coronavirus pandemic was revealed on Wednesday, but the state also gave us a glimpse of what will follow after.

Gov. Tim Walz announced on Wednesday that "Phase II" of reopening will come into force on June 1, allowing restaurants, bars, salons, and campgrounds to reopen on a limited basis.

There was disappointment for anyone hoping to go back to the gym or church, or take part in youth sports, but the state has given an indication of where some of the still-closed measures stand on the schedule for reopening.

At this stage, it's not clear when Phases III and IV will be enacted, thought Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development Commissioner Steve Grove notes that Gov. Walz wants this to happen "as quickly as we can."

Crucially for sports and music fans, throughout all the phases mentioned by the state, large public gatherings including sporting events and arena concerts remain closed.

Here's a look at what is happening in the individual phases:

Phase II – Starting June 1

  • Restaurants around to reopen for outdoor dining at 50 percent capacity.
  • Salons, tattoo parlors, barbershops allowed to reopen at 25 percent capacity, with staff and customers wearing masks.
  • Public and private campgrounds can reopen, with guidelines in place from the DNR.
  • Social gatherings, church services limited to 10 people or fewer.

Phase III – Start date not announced

  • Indoor dining at restaurants and bars permitted with capacity restrictions and social distancing guidelines.
  • Increased capacity at salons, tattoo parlors, barbershops.
  • Increased capacity at non-essential retail stores.
  • Gatherings of 20 people or fewer permitted.
  • Phased opening of outdoor events, such as Movies in the Park/concerts, with 250 max capacity with social distancing requirements.
  • Recreational sports and youth programming/camps to reopen with guidance (Gov. Walz didn't rule out that this might happen sometime in the summer).
  • Indoors worship services still have a max of 10 people, but outdoor services with up to 100, masks required for all attendees.

Phase IV – Start date not announced

  • Phased reopening of gyms, yoga studios, martial arts classes with social distancing.
  • Churches and other places of worship can reopen with capacity restrictions.
  • Movie theaters, bowling alleys, theaters, arcades reopen with capacity restrictions.
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