Gov. Walz Announces Adjustments to COVID-19 Restrictions for Bars, Gyms, Restaurants

ST. PAUL, Minn. – On Friday, Gov. Tim Walz signed an Executive Order to continue supporting Minnesota’s economic recovery by making adjustments to current COVID-19 restrictions in the state such as allowing restaurants to stay open until 11:00 p.m.

“Our small businesses have made enormous sacrifices for the health of their employees and communities,” said Governor Walz. “Today, we can make these cautious, common-sense adjustments to support them because of the progress we have made controlling the spread of COVID-19 and getting the most at-risk Minnesotans vaccinated.”

“While current trends are encouraging, the discovery of new COVID-19 variants means that we need to stay vigilant and cautious. We are not out of the woods, and we must remember that, as we ease restrictions, the risk of transmission increases,” said Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan. “Today’s step continues our careful balance of protecting the health and safety of Minnesotans while supporting economic recovery.”

Executive Order 21-07 will go into effect on Saturday at 12:00 p.m. and will include the following adjustments:

  • Increasing the “not to exceed” capacity in restaurants to 250, while leaving the maximum capacity at 50 percent
  • Increasing indoor entertainment “not to exceed” capacity to 250, while leaving the maximum capacity at 25 percent
  • Increasing private events and celebrations “not to exceed” capacity to 50, while leaving the maximum capacity at 25
  • Increasing gym and pool “not to exceed” capacity to 250, while leaving maximum capacity at 25 percent, and reducing distancing requirement to 6 feet.
  • Allowing restaurants to stay open until 11 p.m.

More information on the state’s response to COVID-19 is available here.

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