Some good news for restaurants on a chaotic day: Gov. Walz just announced restaurants can open to 50% capacity with a cap of 150 inside. Large venues limited to 25%.

Here’s the summary of the highlights from Minnesota Hospitality

  • Restaurants may open to 50%, with a maximum of 150 inside and 150 outside
  • Reservations are required for inside and outside service
  • Parties at tables restricted to six individuals, with six feet between parties
  • Bar seating is to be configured in parties of two, with six feet of distance between parties
  • Food and beverage service for all venues is closed by 10 p.m.
  • Bowling alleys, movie theaters and museums can open at 25% using social distancing, with a maximum of 150 people per confined space
  • Indoor events and entertainment are permitted at 25% capacity using social distancing, with a maximum of 150 people
  • Large venues can open to 25% with social distancing and an overall maximum of 750 people
  • Outdoor events and entertainment permitted at 25% capacity using social distancing, with a maximum of 250
  • The mask mandate remains in place.

Liz Rammer, CEO, Hospitality Minnesota had the following statement: “It is great news that restaurants, foodservice and other hospitality-related businesses are being allowed to get back to do what they do best.  Reopening will bring in much-needed revenue at a desperate time for these businesses.  We know that operators committed to following the protocols will keep their guests and workers safe and the data supports this. For an industry that provides 300,000 jobs in Minnesota and is integral to every community in the state, the road to recovery is going to be long and we’re very glad to get started.”

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