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Wednesday, 13 January 2021 16:50

MN Gov. Ends Indoor Dining Ban, Loosens COVID-19 Restrictions on Gyms and Other Venues

Written by Scott McClallen, The Center Square
Gov. Tim Walz on Jan. 6 announced the loosening of COVID-19 restrictions starting Monday for many venues including bars and restaurants.  Gov. Tim Walz on Jan. 6 announced the loosening of COVID-19 restrictions starting Monday for many venues including bars and restaurants.  Screenshot of Gov. Walz's Youtube

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Gov. Tim Walz announced Jan. 6 the lifting of some COVID-19 restrictions starting Jan. 11 on restaurants, gyms, and entertainment venues.

Walz cited improving COVID-19 numbers and a rollout of the vaccine in his decision.

 

“As we cautiously adjust the dials to help Minnesotans return to important elements of their daily lives, we continue to monitor where we stand,” Walz continued. “Two months ago the pandemic quickly snowballed from manageable to out of control. For our students, our small businesses and public health, we cannot allow that to happen again.”

 

Indoor dining at bars and restaurants can open at 50% capacity, with a maximum of 150 people.

 

Parties are limited to six people per table and must remain 6 feet from others. Bar seating is capped at two people who must make reservations, and businesses must close dine-in service by 10 p.m.

 

Gym capacity remains capped at 25% but have an increased maximum capacity of 150. Workout classes can increase to 25 people with social distancing, and participants must wear masks. 

 

Outdoor events and entertainment continue at 25% capacity, but with an increased maximum capacity of 250 people with social distancing.

 

Indoor events and entertainment like bowling alleys, movie theaters may open at 25%, with a cap of 150 people in each area. Face coverings are required, and they can’t serve food after 10 p.m.

 

Games in youth and adult organized sports resume Jan. 14 with spectators following capacity limits. Health officials discourage state tournaments and out-of-state play.

 

Pools may also expand capacity to 25%.

 

Wedding receptions and other private parties may resume with restrictions. Events with food and drinks served must limit access to two households or 10 people or 15 people outdoors.

 

Only event venue guidelines apply for private parties without food or drinks.

 

Places of worship remain open at 50% capacity but have no maximum capacity.

 

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