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Northern Minnesota city will allow businesses to reopen despite Stay Safe order

It won't use city resources to enforce the governor's executive orders.

The city of Eveleth in northern Minnesota is the latest to declare itself a "constitutional and business-friendly community" as local businesses continue to struggle during the shutdown amid the coronavirus pandemic. 

Lakefield in southern Minnesota, Pequot Lakes in the Brainerd Lakes Area and Cokato Township in Wright County are among the cities to have passed similar resolutions in recent weeks that pretty much say they will let local businesses operate as they wish, despite Gov. Tim Walz's executive orders that have kept some businesses, like bars and restaurants, closed to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

The Eveleth City Council on May 19 unanimously approved the resolution and said it won't use city resources to enforce Walz's Stay Safe order, The Mesabi Daily News reports

“These places have to open,” City Council member Joe Koivunen said, according to the paper. “If it bothers you, stay home. No one is saying you have to go out.”

Walz is expected to announce Wednesday afternoon a "phased plan" to reopen dine-in service at restaurants, bars and other public accommodations including salons starting next month. 

However, even when these businesses are permitted to reopen, there are expected to be restrictions in place such as capacity limits.

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