Law enforcement spent two weeks–from July 4-13th–surveilling 919 Minnesota bars and restaurants looking for violations of Governor Tim Walz’s COVID-19 executive orders.

“We went in to view how the business owners were handling the social distancing, the mask requirements and also the occupancy load. The majority of violations that we observed were employees not wearing masks, followed by social distancing.”

Minnesota Department of Public Safety Alcohol and Gambling Enforcement Division Director Carla Cincotta says violations can result in fines or loss of a liquor license.