January 6, 2021
Restaurants & Bars Indoor Service Opens At 50% Capacity This Coming Monday; Indoor Entertainment Reopens + Other Dial Turns
At a press conference going on now, Governor Walz is announcing the loosening of restrictions including restaurants and bars opening for in-person indoor service at 50% capacity (150 people maximum both indoor and outdoor, 6 people per table maximum) starting on January 11. Bar seating will be open for parties of 2 people with 6 feet of spacing. Reservations are still required and the 10:00 p.m.-4:00 a.m. closure for restaurants and bars will remain in place. Mall food courts following restaurant and bar guidance may open.

Other measures being announced this afternoon beginning January 11 include:
  • Gyms will remain at 25% capacity, but the maximum is increased to 150 people. Masking is still required as well as 9 feet of social distancing. Fitness classes must not have more than 25 people.
  • Indoor entertainment and events open to 25% capacity with a maximum of 150 people. This includes movie theaters, bowling alleys, and amusement. Face coverings are required and food service may not be offered after 10:00 p.m.
  • Outdoor events and entertainment will remain at 25% capacity, but the maximum is increased to 250 people. Social distancing is required.

  • Churches remain open at 50% capacity but with no maximum.

  • Pools may open at 25% capacity with a maximum of 150 people.

  • Youth sports games may resume on January 14. Spectators are allowed at youth/high school sports with a 25% capacity and a maximum of 250 people outdoor or 150 people indoor. Masks are still required. Inter-region tournaments and out of state play is discouraged.

General retail remains open at 100% with COVID precautions including social distancing.

MnRA's COVID-19 resource page for retailers updated daily at https://www.mnretail.org/covid-19. Visit the page for state and federal updates as well as links to resources.

* Publication note: Distribution of this issue of Retail At The Capitol has been expanded beyond our normal members-only distribution list given the importance of the updates surrounding COVID-19. If you do not normally get this publication and would like to contact us at info@mnretail.org.
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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