Governor Walz further rolls back COVID restrictions

On March 12, Governor Walz announced sweeping adjustments to COVID-19 restrictions. The announcement comes as a result of the progress the state has made in controlling the spread of the disease and providing more than one million Minnesotans at least one dose of the vaccine.   

Beginning Monday, March 15:   

  • Indoor social gatherings are limited to 15 people, and outdoor gatherings to 50 people maximum. 
  • Indoor and outdoor dining at bars and restaurants may open at 75% capacity with a maximum of 250 people. Parties may consist of no more than six people and bar seating open to parties of four. There can be no food or drink served between 11 p.m. and 4 a.m.  
  • Personal services such as hair and tattoo salons may open at 100% capacity with social distancing.
  • Indoor fitness centers may open at 50% capacity with a maximum of 250 people.  Indoor classes are limited to 25 people. Outdoor classes are limited to 50 people. 
  • Outdoor and indoor entertainment such as theaters, concert halls, museums, festivals, vendor fairs, stadiums, and bowling alleys may open at 50% with a maximum of 250 people. The locations may remain open and serve food and drinks until 11 p.m.  
  • Places of worship, weddings, and funerals may open at 100% capacity. Singing is permitted if congregants remain masked.  
    • Wedding receptions are subject to the entertainment venue guidelines.  

Beginning Thursday, April 1: 

  • Restaurants and bars, gyms, personal fitness and yoga studios, and martial arts with sufficient normal occupant capacity may exceed 250 people per applicable percentage limits and guidance. 
  • Seated indoor venues may operate with an additional 15% of the occupant capacity with a maximum capacity not to exceed 3,000 for the entire venue.  
  • Non-seated indoor venues may operate with an additional 10% of the capacity with a maximum capacity not to exceed 1,500 for the entire venue.  
  • Seated outdoor venues may operate with an additional 25% of the occupant capacity with a maximum capacity not to exceed 10,000 for the entire venue.  
  • Non-seated outdoor venues may operate with an additional 15% of the capacity with a maximum capacity not to exceed 10,000 for the entire venue. 

Additionally, Governor Walz announced the requirement to work from home will shift to simply a strong recommendation as of April 15.  

You can read the Executive Order in full here