It was just announced that there is no longer a citywide mandate to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test on businesses in Minneapolis and St. Paul that have city issued licenses. This is to take place immediately. As there still may be liquor licensees that maintain their right to mandate vaccination proof or a negative test, it will be prudent to contact those businesses before you venture out as to not cause conflict or confusion. It has also been reported that the mask mandates (masks required indoors unless eating or drinking) will remain in place with no end date mentioned. Both Mayor’s offices are still encouraging patrons and staff to wear masks, get vaccinated and maintain social distancing.
Thank you to all of our Twin Cities businesses that showed up to our “Calls to Action” and reached out to their respective Mayors and City Councilmembers to express their hardship and frustrations at being singled out on these most recent mandates. The MLBA has pushed from day one to relax these mandates. As it is important to have the MLBA be loud and public about such issues, it is as impactful for the elected officials to hear it straight from you!
Finally, the MLBA remains insistent that some economic relief needs to happen as a result of the harm caused by these most recent vaccination and proof of negative test mandates. We have been in contact with licensing departments of both Minneapolis and St. Paul and will remain vigilant. Last week we were told that St. Paul has requested to increase fees by 1.5% for permits, licenses and certificates as well as elevator, moving stair inspections, the fire occupancy program and building registration. These were supposed to be implemented on February 7th. We are hoping for an announcement from DSI in St. Paul very soon as to what plans they have to address these unfair and untimely fee increases.
Here is to hoping for a quick recovery and stay safe!
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us.
MLBA Executive Director