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.