Governor Signs Order Easing Restriction Starting Monday

Governor Signs Order Easing Restriction Starting Monday Click to Enlarge Photo: State of Minnesota

(KNSI) – Governor Tim Walz signed an executive order Wednesday that formally implements phase two of his “Stay Safe MN” plan.

The order allows restaurants and bars to offer outdoor dining and salons and barbershops to reopen starting Monday.

“The next phase in stay safe includes a cautions strategic turn of the dial. Outdoor dining at restaurants and bars to start June 1 with the number of customers at one time is limited, and with a physical distance of six feet can be maintained.”

Those businesses must observe capacity limits and follow other safety restrictions.

“Personal service such as salons and barbershops can open June 1 at 25-percent capacity to ensure the safety of both the employees and customers inside. Campgrounds will be opening, and organized youth sports programs will be reopening without competitive games but getting back in the rhythm.”

The governor says getting kids outside with other kids this summer is a significant experience.

“There’s nothing healthier than having young folks involved in the summer with those types of activities. It’s not just physical and mental health, it’s the memories that make summer so great, and we’re trying our best to strike that proper balance.”

There’s still no target date for allowing restaurants and bars to serve guests indoors.

Many restaurant owners have complained that allowing outdoor-only dining doesn’t give them enough relief from the shutdown that Walz imposed starting March 17, with exceptions for takeout and delivery service.