December 16, 2020
Restaurants & Bars Remain Closed For Indoor Dining Until January 11; Outdoor Dining Permitted; Gyms Open At 25%; Youth And Adult Sports Practices Resume January 4; Updates On Other Restrictions
In a press conference a few moments, Governor Walz extended his order for restaurants and bars closures for indoor, in-person dining until January 11. Restaurants and bars will be allowed to open outdoor seating starting the Saturday at 50% capacity (100 maximum, 4 people per table all seated). Other limits on outdoor dining include that outdoor shelters cannot be fully enclosed and restaurants and bars must close for outdoor dining between 10:00 pm and 4:00 a.m.
Other measures announced this afternoon:
  • Social gatherings indoors will be limited to 2 households with a maximum of 10 people. Social gatherings outdoor will be limited to 3 households with a maximum of 15 people.
  • Gyms, fitness centers and similar establishments can open at 25% capacity with masking with a maximum of 100 people starting Saturday. There must be 12 feet of social distancing and no group fitness classes until January 4. Pools remain closed.
  • Organized youth and high school sports are able to resume practices on January 4. Games are not able to resume.

  • Outdoor entertainment such as public skating rinks can open to 25% capacity up to 100 people with 6 feet social distancing.

  • Indoor entertainment will remain closed until January 11

  • Entertainment venues such as movie theaters, bowling alleys, etc. will remain closed.

  • In-person learning at elementary schools can reopen January 18 (hybrid or in-person) with mandated masking and COVID testing. The testing will be supported by the State with funding request that is heading to the Legislature.

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