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MN Governor Reopens Gyms, Indoor Dining on June 10, Relaxes Other Restrictions

Written by Scott McClallen, The Center Square
Gov. Tim Walz announces additional businesses such as gyms can reopen on June 10.  Gov. Tim Walz announces additional businesses such as gyms can reopen on June 10.  YouTube


Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz will allow restaurants, bars and gyms to reopen at limited capacity starting June 10.

Walz signed Executive Order 2020-74 to move the state into Phase 3 of his Stay Safe MN plan.


Restaurants and bars can reopen indoor dining for guests with a reservation at half capacity with a maximum indoor capacity of 250 customers and an outdoor limit of 250.


Department of Employment and Economic Development Commissioner Steve Grove said the 250-person cap on indoor and outdoor business events is intended to stop large organized gatherings like county fairs.


Inside social gatherings have a 10-person limit, while outdoor social gatherings are limited to 25 people, meaning some sports can return.


Grove said there’s a capacity difference in outdoor social gatherings compared to inside restaurants because “there isn’t an organizing body” or regulations to force people to adhere to social distancing.


“It’s not perfect,” Grove said.


Gyms, personal fitness and yoga studios can open at 25% capacity.


Recreational indoor and outdoor entertainment venues, such as bowling alleys, theaters and concerts may open at 25% capacity.


Salons, tattoo parlors and barbershops may increase occupancy rates from 25% to 50% with a reservation.


Places of worship can increase occupancy rates from 25% to 50%, which allows weddings and funerals.


Pools can open at half capacity.

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