Executive Order 21-07 Posted 2/12/21: Modifying Executive Order 21-01: Below are the relevant parts of the Executive Order relating to bars & restaurants. Click here to see the full Executive Order 21-07
Executive Order 21-07, effective Saturday, February 13 at noon, takes steps to further reopen Minnesota’s economy safely, including:
- Increasing the “not to exceed” capacity in restaurants to 250, while leaving the maximum capacity at 50 percent
- Increasing indoor entertainment “not to exceed” capacity to 250, while leaving the maximum capacity at 25 percent
- Increasing private events and celebrations “not to exceed” capacity to 50, while leaving the maximum capacity at 25
- Increasing gym and pool “not to exceed” capacity to 250, while leaving maximum capacity at 25 percent, and reducing distancing requirement to 6 feet.
- Allowing restaurants to stay open until 11 p.m.
Executive Order 21-01 Posted 1/7/21 : Below are the relevant parts of the Executive Order relating to Bars & Restaurants (Section 7, page 10). Click here to see the full Executive Order 21-01
vi. Restaurants, food courts, cafes, coffeehouses, bars, taverns, breweries, microbreweries, distilleries, brewer taprooms, micro distiller cocktail rooms, tasting rooms, wineries, cideries, clubhouses, dining clubs, tobacco product shops, hookah bars, cigar bars, vaping lounges, and other Places of Public Accommodation offering food, beverages (including alcoholic beverages), or tobacco products for on-premises consumption, may provide indoor and outdoor service if they adhere to the applicable guidance available on the Stay Safe Minnesota website (https://staysafe.mn.gov) and the following requirements:
A. Occupancy of any indoor space must not exceed 50 percent of the normal occupant capacity, with a maximum of 150 people, provided that physical distancing of at least six feet is maintained between parties at different tables.
B. Occupancy of any outdoor space must ensure that number of customers at any one time is limited to the number for whom physical distancing of six feet can be maintained between parties at different tables, not to exceed 150 people.
C. All establishments must ensure that no more than six customers are seated at one table.
D. All establishments must close and remain closed each day for on-premises consumption between the hours of 10:00 pm and 4:00 am. Nothing in this paragraph is intended to limit or discourage delivery service, window service, walk-up service, or drive-up service offered under paragraph 7.c.iv.
E. All establishments must follow applicable state and local laws and regulations. Local governments are encouraged to work collaboratively with establishments to allow for outdoor service.
F. The capacity limitation on indoor activity extends to the sale and play of lawful games as provided under Minnesota Statutes 2020, section 349.12.
G. Pursuant to Minnesota Statutes 2020, section 349.12, subdivision 3a, veterans or fraternal organizations may lend gambling funds to their general fund accounts for up to one year to pay for allowable expenses necessary to reopen such organizations’ permitted premises as set forth in the guidance available at the Gambling Control Board’s website (https://mn.gov/gcb/).
Below are relevant parts of the order regarding indoor event venues (bowling alleys, theaters, party buses, etc. (Section 7, page 13)
ix. Venues providing indoor events and entertainment (whether permanent, temporary, or mobile) such as theaters, cinemas, concert halls, museums, performance venues, arcades, trampoline parks, party buses, and bowling alleys may be open in accordance with the applicable guidance available on the Stay Safe Minnesota website (https://staysafe.mn.gov/) and the following requirements:
A. All venues must ensure that physical distancing of at least six feet is maintained between participants from different households. Venues may not exceed 25 percent of normal occupant capacity with a maximum of 150 people.
B. Any venue that offers food or beverages for on-premises consumption or that permits food or beverages to be consumed on premises must not offer food and beverage service each day between the hours of 10:00 pm and 4:00 am and must prohibit on-premises food and beverage consumption each day between the hours of 10:00 pm and 4:00 am. Venues must also comply with relevant industry guidance available on the Stay Safe Minnesota website (https://staysafe.mn.gov), including ensuring that customers are seated when consuming food and beverage.