Governor unveils Minnesota’s path to ending all COVID-19 restrictions

On Thursday, Gov. Walz shared the state’s three-step plan to completely dial back COVID-19 restrictions. The announcement comes as cases are receding, vaccination capacity continues to increase, and the state’s health care system is stabilizing.

Beginning May 7 at 12 p.m.:

  • No limits on outdoor dining, events, and social gatherings  
  • No mask requirements on outdoor venues with less than 500 people
  • Indoor social gathering limit increases to 50 people  
  • Indoor group size and table size increases to 10 people
  • No mandatory closing time for bars and restaurants

Beginning May 28:

  • No capacity or distancing limits for events and gatherings, including indoor events
  • Masks will only be required for indoor and outdoor events with more than 500 people
  • There will be no new safety requirements for businesses, though they must maintain plans to keep employees and customers safe guided only by minimal universal state guidance

Once 70% of Minnesotans age 16 and older get at least one dose of the vaccine, but no later than July 1:

  • No state face mask requirement
  • Local governments may set their own mask policies
  • Work preparedness plans no longer required

Only 473,000 more Minnesotans need to get vaccinated to achieve the state’s 70% vaccination goal. If the vaccination rate remains consistent, the state is on track to achieve that number in early June.  

You can view more information on the Governor’s announcement here.