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Minnesota bars and restaurants will see more COVID-19 compliance inspections

Multiple state departments will team up to begin increased compliance checks starting this weekend.

Minnesota state officials are looking to crack down on restaurants and bars that aren’t complying with COVID-19 guidelines.

The Minnesota Department of Health, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety and the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry will begin increased compliance checks in coming weeks, beginning on Friday. Investigators will look for violations of the state’s COVID-19 reopening guidelines.

“Most establishments are following federal and state guidelines, but it makes it difficult for them to compete or to explain to their customers when other establishments are not in compliance. We owe it to the establishments that are following the guidelines to address these issues of noncompliance,” the announcement reads. 

“We all need to do our part to help slow or reduce the spread of COVID-19, which will allow businesses to remain open and set our schools up for success.”

The team of departments will visit multiple establishments each weekend to make sure face covering requirements are being adhered to, tables are six feet apart, and capacity is limited to 50%.

Signage communicating mask requirements, employee health screenings and reservation protocols will also be observed as part of the compliance check.

Investigators from the Department of Public Safety’s Alcohol and Gambling Enforcement Division will assist in the compliance checks. Violations could result in an establishment losing its liquor license.

Noncompliance of health guidelines also presents possible worker safety hazards, which will be reported to Minnesota Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Minnesota OSHA will assess violations and may issue citations, penalties or closure orders. 

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