Minnesota Restaurants, Gyms, Theaters, And Certain Other Businesses May Open Or Expand Operations on June 10, 2020, Subject to Limits

June 5, 2020

Governor Tim Walz issued Executive Order 20-74, which allows for the opening of restaurant dining rooms, gyms, indoor entertainment venues and other businesses and permits the expansion of service by some businesses that were already permitted to open – all subject to restrictions intended to restrain the spread of the novel coronavirus. The order takes effect on June 10, 2020. 

All businesses that are permitted to open or expand operations under this order must:

Restaurants, Bars, Coffeehouses, and Other Businesses Offering Food, Beverages, and Tobacco On-Site

As of June 10, these businesses may open dining rooms to up to 50% of fire code capacity with a maximum of 250 people indoors.  They may also serve up to 250 people in outdoor seating if space allows for six feet of distance between tables.

  • Reservations are required
  • No more than four people to a table or six people if in one family unit
  • Workers must wear masks; customers are strongly encouraged to wear masks when not eating or drinking

Gyms and Fitness Centers

As of June 10, gyms and fitness centers may open up to 25% of fire code capacity with a maximum of 250 people. 

  • Wear mask between activities
  • Group exercise classes allowed

Entertainment Venues

As of June 10, theaters, bowling alleys, arcades, and other businesses providing indoor entertainment may open up to 25% capacity with a maximum of 250 people.  

  • Theaters and other venues that have areas with separate capacity limits (e.g., individual theaters within a larger theater) may admit 25% of the capacity for the separate space up to 250 people in that space
  • Reservations are required
  • Strongly encourage masks for employees and customers

Personal Care Services

As of June 10, personal care businesses like salons, barber shops, and tattoo parlors, may expand service from 25% to 50% of fire code capacity up to a maximum of 250 people. 

  • Employees and customers must wear masks at all times; if the service does not permit the customer to wear a mask, the worker must wear a face shield while providing the service
  • Reservations are required

In addition, the order addresses gradual return to sporting activities, pool openings, new rules for expanded social gatherings and worship services, rules for higher education institutions, and other matters. For more information, see the order,  DEED guidance, and industry-specific and activity-specific guidance or reach out to our COVID-19 Task Force.