Walz loosens restrictions, effective noon Monday

MINNESOTA – Effective as on noon Monday, COVID restrictions in Minnesota are being eased, a “turn of the dial” Gov. Tim Walz will announce at 11 a.m. today.


Included in the latest executive order, bars and restaurants will be able to allow 75 percent occupancy, with bar seating increasing to 4 people. Salons and barbers will no longer have an occupancy limit as long as social distancing is followed, and gyms, fitness centers and pools can increase occupancy to 50 percent.


Entertainment venues will be allowed to increase to 50 percent occupancy, with a limit of 250.


Social gatherings of up to 50 people outdoors or 15 indoors will be allowed, both without household limits. The limit on religious services will be removed, and in youth sports, pod sizes increase to 50 for outdoor activities.


As summer nears, the state will adjust guidelines for large venues. All venues can open at 50% capacity up to 250 people. Venues with normal occupant capacity over 500 can add additional guests, effective April 1:


*Seated outdoor venues can add an additional 25 percent of their capacity over 500, with a limit of 10,000 people.


*Non-seated outdoor venues can add an additional 15 percent of their capacity over 500, with a limit of 10,000 people.


*Seated indoor venues can add an additional 15 percent of their capacity over 500, with a limit of 3,000 people.


*Non-seated indoor venues can add an additional 10 percent of their capacity over 500, with a limit of 1,500 people.


As more Minnesotans are vaccinated, work from home will no longer be required – but it will continue to be strongly recommended – beginning April 15. All employers should continue to accommodate employees who wish to work from home.



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