Governor Tim Walz announced today the loosening of restrictions on bars, restaurants, and entertainment venues. Walz will allow in-door restaurant dining at 50-percent capacity with a limit of 150 people and a 10pm service cut-off. Under the new guidance, restaurants will be able to seat up to six people per table, with tables spaced six feet apart. Bars will be able to seat open parties of two also with tables spaced six feet apart. In-person service and dining has been prohibited in Minnesota since November 18th and health officials say COVID numbers have improved because of the restrictions. Hospitality Minnesota was hoping for at least a 50-percent capacity.
For Indoor entertainment venues–like bowling alleys, movie theaters, and museums—they may open at 25-percent capacity, with no more than 150 people in each area of the venue; face coverings are required. Wedding receptions and other private parties may resume, with restrictions in place. If food and drinks are served at the event, it must be limited to 2 households, or a total of 10 people indoors. And if the ceremony is held outdoors the limit is 3 households or 15 people. If there is no food or drinks being served, then it goes by the venue guidelines. Places of worship remain at 50% capacity. All these changes will go into effect on Monday January 11th.