MLBA statement on today’s dial turn for bars and restaurants


March 12, 2021
CONTACT: Leslie Rosedahl, 651.353.1818 or [email protected]
Note: MLBA Executive Director Tony Chesak is available for individual phone or computer-based interviews.

(St. Paul, Minn.) – Today Minnesota Governor Tim Walz announced new guidance for indoor and outdoor service at Minnesota’s bars and restaurants. Minnesota Licensed Beverage Association Executive Director Tony Chesak issued the following statement in response.

“With positive news of declining cases and robust vaccinations, Minnesotans now deserve a clear and transparent plan to fully reopen our state. Governor, if other states can develop detailed reopening plans with health-based metrics, dates, and other milestones, why can’t Minnesota?” 

Today’s announcement on capacity limits from 50% to 75% is only helpful to a small handful of larger establishments, as most bars and restaurant’s capacity is already capped at a much lower percentage due to distancing rules.


The Minnesota Licensed Beverage Association (MLBA) represents Minnesota’s small, family-owned liquor retailers, both on-sale (of bars and restaurants) and off-sale (at liquor stores).