Coronavirus: Restaurants, bars can reopen for outdoor dining

Gov. Tim Walz has announced his plans for the reopening of bars and restaurants.
Author:
Updated:
Original:
Gov. Time Walz

Gov. Tim Walz has announced a series of changes to his Stay Safe Minnesota orders, that will allow for the reopening of bars, restaurants, and salons – albeit with restrictions – from June 1.

Food establishments will be allowed to open for outdoor seating only, while salons and barbershops can operate at 25 percent capacity.

Here's a look at the restrictions that bars and restaurants will have to abide by:

  • Outdoor dining only.
  • 6-feet distance must be maintained between customers.
  • Staff must wear masks, recommended for customers (when not eating or drinking).
  • Maximum of 50 capacity at one time.
  • Maximum 4 people per table, 6 if same family.

For salons, tattoos, and barbershops, it's as follows:

  • Staff AND customers must wear masks.
  • 25 percent capacity.
  • 6-feet of distance between customers.

Campgrounds and charter boats will also be allowed to reopen, though further guidance on this will be forthcoming at a later stage.

As of yet, large-scale church services can't resume, with the limits of 10 or fewer worshippers remaining in place for now. Gyms and movie theaters must also stay closed, with no date announced for their reopening.

At the moment, youth programs and recreation guidelines stay as they are for now, with youth camps being day-use only, and youth sports only permitted if in groups of 10 or smaller. Further loosening of these restrictions will come at a later phase.

"These health guidelines are not an impediment to open our economy, they're the key to opening our economy. Consumers are going to make the choice, consumers are going to go back when they're safe," Walz said.

"Restaurants and bars are integral to what makes Minnesota great, they make life just a little bit better," Walz continued, but added that "the virus won't allow business as usual."

"While it's not perfect, it's safe, and we're moving the dial."

Sign up for our BREAKING NEWS newsletters

"It's so maddening I know, there's so much about this virus that are predictable, and there's just so much that is unpredictable," Walz said.

"The one thing we can control is how we act, what we do, and the past 3 months we've tried to make sure is that when people do get sick they can go to the hospital and get the treatment they need," Walz said.

Fitness centers however will not be allowed to reopen till mid-July, while there is no sign yet that youth sports will be allowed to resume.

Next Up

closed sign

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.

PennyMomentos

How a turkey's brush with celebrity in Bloomington came to a tragic end

DNR: if you care about wild animals, stop feeding them

TCF Bank Stadium

Saturday's Gophers/Badgers football game canceled due to COVID-19 issues

The Battle for Paul Bunyan's Axe will not take place for the first time since 1906.

coronavirus, Iowa

MN health officials don't think downside of COVID-19 peak has arrived

We could be in a trough between a series of waves, Jan Malcolm said.

covid-19, coronavirus

Wisconsin reports record 104 deaths from COVID-19 Tuesday

That's roughly 10% of the total in the nation in a 24-hour period.

Drywall

Husband and wife sentenced for fraud scheme through their drywall firm

The Annandale pair bilked an insurance company out of more than $300,000.

ambulance

4 pedestrians suffer life-threatening injuries after being struck by vehicle

Two vehicles crashed into a car that was on the side of the road after striking a deer.

Marcus Carr

Gophers season preview: New lineup, deeper bench, more questions

Mathew Goldstein takes a deep dive into the murky waters of the college hoops season.

20201107_vivir-1151-Edit

Photos: ViV!R, Minneapolis' new Mexican cafe and shop, is now open

The team behind the acclaimed Popol Vuh have opened the cafe in the same space.

MasklessJudgesinWiscoyTownship

At Wiscoy Township's sole precinct, election judges ditched masks

Voter and Wiscoy resident Kaitlyn O'Connor took a photo of the judges after asking them to wear masks, she said

Related

Patio table outdoor dining

Restaurant guidelines to be announced Wednesday, but some have own ideas

Gov. Tim Walz is expected to reveal his plan for the reopening of restaurants, bars, and salons.

restaurant-690975_1280

Walz to announce 'phased plans' for bar, restaurant reopenings

The governor is expected to lay out plans for reopening dine-in service.

Governor Tim Walz

Coronavirus: Gov. Tim Walz to hold Wednesday press conference

He's expected to announce guidance for the reopening of Minnesota restaurants and bars.

Governor Tim Walz

Watch live: Gov. Tim Walz announces bar, restaurant reopening plans

The latest 'turning of the dials' in Minnesota's COVID-19 response is being revealed.

37582731971_a7a83ca6c0_k

American Legion of MN calls on Gov. Walz to allow bars to reopen

There has been pushback to the governor's plan to only allow patio dining to reopen.

an-on-treadmill-1954524

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

The Walz Administration has announced its latest phase of reopening.

Shady's Bar and Grill

Multiple restaurants in Stearns County to re-open even if Stay at Home extended

Owners are planning on defying the state's temporary shutdown of dine-in service at restaurants.

Lord Fletcher's

Some restaurant leaders, owners decry 'disastrous' outdoor dining plan

A maximum of 50 guests are allowed outdoors under the latest order from Gov. Tim Walz.