Investigators with the Department of Public Safety Alcohol and Gambling Enforcement Division (DPS-AGED) recently followed up with the bars and restaurants that received warning letters for violations of Governor Tim Walz’s Executive Order 20-74All 14 establishments are now in compliance.


DPS-AGED agents, along with law enforcement partners around the state spent two weeks (July 4-13) surveilling 919 restaurants and bars throughout the state looking for violations. Investigators were specifically looking for employees violating mask requirements, adherence to social distancing with tables less than six feet apart and establishments serving to more than 50 percent capacity. AGED sent 10 warning letters to bars and restaurants that violated all three areas of emphasis. Investigators sent an additional four letters on June 26 to establishments violating the order.