Governor Announces Latest Orders

(Alexandria, MN) Governor Tim Walz made the announcement that bars and restaurants will be allowed to open up again on June 1st.  There was an important "but" at the end of that statement.  Minnesota commissioner of DEED Steve Grove laid out the specifics of what lies under "the other foot."  Bars and Restaurants can open up to customers on June 1st, but only in outdoor and patio settings.

Kent Kopp says the restaurant owners were so looking forward to the announcement; however, the excitement changed with the additional restrictions.

State Rep. Paul Anderson, R-Starbuck, issued this statement regarding the re-opening guidance released Wednesday by the Gov. Tim Walz administration.

“There seemed to be real optimism that the governor would lay out a plan this week providing businesses in Minnesota with a clear path toward safely re-opening and once again becoming viable but, unfortunately, that was not the case,” Anderson said. “There simply is not enough movement on the executive orders to provide the immediate relief from restrictions that our businesses need. It also is disappointing the governor is preventing churches from allowing more than 10 attendees through the doors, regardless of safety procedures and protocols they could implement.”

Governor Walz referred often to the science telling him that it is necessary to craft the order in this fashion to control the spread of COVID-19.  Commissioner Grove says there will be a number of requirements necessary for bars and restaurants to provide seating at their locations.  Restaurant/bar employees will need to wear masks, patrons will need to be six feet apart, no more than 50 people will be allowed in an establishment and reservations will be required.  People at the bars/restaurants will be asked to wear masks, but will obviously need to remove them to eat or drink.

Full guidelines are available on the State DEED website.

Summation of guidelines:

Restaurants and bars can reopen for outdoor service only as long as they:

  • Have adopted and implemented a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan
  • Ensure a minimum of 6 feet of distance between tables
  • Limit on-premises capacity to no more than 50 persons
  • Limit table service to 4 persons, or 6 if part of one family unit
  • Require reservations in advance
  • Require workers to wear masks and strongly encourage masks be worn by customers

Personal care services (such as hair salons, barbershops and tattoo parlors) can reopen to provide services indoor as long as they:

  • Have adopted and implemented a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan
  • Limit number of clients inside the business at any time to ensure 6 feet of distance between persons except when providing services
  • Reduce occupant capacity to no more than 25%
  • See clients by appointment only; do not allow walk-ins
  • Require workers and clients to wear masks at all times; do not provide services that cannot be performed without masks