On-salers can have indoor seating at 50% capacity starting June 10, 2020


Today the Governor announced with Executive Order 20-74 that Minnesota bars and restaurants will be able to open at 50% indoor capacity starting Wednesday, June 10. Additional requirements include:

  • Maintain 6 feet of social distance.
  • Cannot exceed 250 persons.
  • Reservations are required (To keep people from lining up and waiting. Record-keeping is unnecessary.)
  • Workers are required to wear masks, and customers will be encouraged to wear masks when not eating.

Bars and restaurants have been loud and clear – we are ready to open! The MLBA has also been meeting frequently with the Governor’s office and leaders of the Department of Employment and Economic Development on re-opening guidelines, offering safety measures and an opening “playbook.” This is only phase 2 of the re-opening plan and MLBA will continue to lobby state officials to get more fully open in the coming weeks.

Press Statement from Minnesota Licensed Beverage Association on Today’s Indoor Dining Announcement

(St. Paul) — 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). Today MLBA Executive Director Tony Chesak made the following statement:
“Bars and restaurants have been saying over and over: we are ready and eager to safely re-open and serve customers. The MLBA is going to continue working with the Governor’s team as a strong advocate and resource to get businesses fully re-opened as soon as possible, just like other retailers in Minnesota.”