Gov Walz opens up limited options to bars, restaurants, starting June 1

MINNESOTA – Gov Tim Walz on Wednesday released information regarding a 4-phase plan to reopen businesses and social gatherings in the state, disappointing and angering many who own bars and restaurants, and those who want to attend them.

Beginning June 1, bars and restaurants are allowed to have limited outdoor dining for up to 50 people, with 6 feet between tables, party totals of 4 or families of up to 6, and all workers are required to wear masks. Reservations are required.

DEED Commissioner Steve Grove said they know not every restaurant has outdoor seating, and encouraged municipalities get creative and the establishment to be innovative.

Personal care service providers, such as barbers, hair and nail salons and tattoo parlors are allowed to reopen June 1 at 25 percent fire code capacity, with masks required of both patron and provider. The service is to be provided by appointment only - no walk-ins – which Walz said late in his briefing was to aid in contract tracing if an outbreak occurs.

Grove said charter boats and campgrounds are allowed to resume activity June 1 with appropriate social distancing.

All of these changes are part of what the state is calling "phase two" of its Stay Safe plan.

"It is going to get worse here because of the virus before it gets better," Walz said. "That is an absolute guarantee."

“If you are a business that can telework, you must telework,” Department of Employment and Economic Development Commissioner Steve Grove said. 

Places of worship will be limited to 10 people indoors or outdoors. The plan does allow for the limited return of youth sports practices, but not yet competitive games.

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