State announces next steps in reopening

Governor Walz and DEED Commissioner Steve Grove shared the next phase of reopening Minnesota’s economy beginning on Wednesday, June 10. Below is a description of the new guidelines.

General Meeting Limits: Groups of up to 25 people can gather outdoors and up to 10 can gather indoors. A maximum of 250 people total can gather indoors or outdoors with social distancing.

Restaurants and Bars: Restaurants and bars can be open at 50% capacity indoors and outdoors. A maximum of 250 people can gather in both indoor and outdoor restaurant spaces. Reservations remain required. Workers are required to wear masks and guests are strongly encouraged to wear them.

Personal Care Services: Salons, spas, hair care, etc. can by open at 50% capacity. Both worker and patron must wear masks. Reservations are required.

Places of Worship: They can be open at 50% capacity indoors, with a maximum of 250 people indoors and outdoors.

Gyms and Fitness: Can open at 25% capacity. Group exercise is allowed with social distancing. Patrons are encouraged to wear masks whenever possible.

Entertainment Venues: Movie theaters, bowling alleys, and similar indoor entertainment venues can open at 25% capacity with a maximum of 250 people. Outdoor entertainment is allowed with a maximum of 250 people. Pools are available to open at 50% capacity.

Sports: Outdoor sports are allowed with a capacity of 25 people. Low-risk sports with little to no contact, such as tennis, are allowed to practice and play competitive games. High-risk sports with a large amount of contact, such as basketball, are okay to practice but competitive games are not allowed.

Commissioner Grove stressed that if you have the ability, you must continue working from home. Additionally, every business must now create a COVID-19 safety plan by the end of June. DEED, the Department of Labor, and the Department of Health will have forms ready for businesses to use by June 15.