May 6, 2021
Governor Announces Three Steps In Easing COVID Restrictions & Ending Mask Mandate

Right now Governor Walz is addressing Minnesotans and announcing the next three steps in easing COVID-19 restrictions. Most restrictions will end May 28 and the statewide masking mandate will end July 1 or before.

Here is a summary of the steps:

May 7:
  • No limits/masks for outdoor events, except masks at large venues with over 500 people.
  • No early bar and restaurant closing time.

May 28:
  • Remaining limits end, including restrictions on indoor events expect when there are more than 500 people.
  • Capacity restrictions end but businesses must have a safety plan guided by a universal state guidance document.

July 1 or earlier:
  • Statewide masking mandate dropped no later than July 1, but earlier if we reach 70% vaccination.

Looking For A Vaccine This Week?

Join MnRA and partners Walgreens, Sen. Sandy Pappas. Rep. Rena Moran, City of St. Paul and Ramsey County for a free vaccine clinic this Saturday at St. Paul's Frogtown Community Center. Learn more here!
MnRA's COVID-19 resource page for retailers updated daily at Visit the page for state and federal updates as well as links to resources.

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MnRA's Government Relations Team
MnRA is proud to represent Minnesota's diverse and vital retail industry. Here is your team dedicated to helping you connect with elected officials and telling the story of retail:
Savannah Sepic
Government Relations Manager,
Minnesota Retailers Association
Tom Freeman
Government Relations Consultant,
Faegre Drinker
Bruce Nustad
Minnesota Retailers Association
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