Outdoor dining ONLY will be allowed to begin June 1st for restaurants and bars in Minnesota. Governor Tim Walz calls it phase two of his Stay Safe Minnesota Plan, but the phase will not include indoor dining until whenever Walz deems the state can move to phase three.
“Minnesotans are going to be able to get back out there, try and make sure we’re supporting these local businesses, and while it’s not perfect, it’s safe, and it’s moving the dial.”
Restaurants will be limited to no more than 50 patrons at a time and continue to keep six feet between parties. Walz says they have to take a cautious approach as data rolls in.
“So it is not one or two days, it takes a longer pattern. We still do not know the effects of what we did on Monday, of retails, we will not see that until June 1st.”
Service at salons and barber shops will also resume on June 1st with requirements for making appointments and further health safety steps while inside.
Walz pushed back on seeing his guidelines as restrictive.
“These health guidelines are not an impediment to opening our economy, they are the key to opening our economy. As we’ve seen in states that have opened up, reservations for restaurants in Georgia are only 15 percent what they were before. Consumers are going to make the choice.”