Restaurants and Salons Being Allowed to Open June 1st
Jennifer Lewerenz | May 20, 2020 AT 2:55 pm
(KNSI) - Minnesota Governor Tim Walz issued guidance today on another turn of the dial for more businesses.
Restaurants will be allowed to open starting June 1st, but, capacity will be capped at 50 people, and only for outdoor seating. The guidance allows no more than four people per table, or six for a family.
"These health guidelines are not an impediment to opening our economy. They're the key to opening the economy. Consumers are going to make a choice. Consumers are going to go back to where it's safe," said Governor Walz.
For places that don't have outdoor seating, Department of Employment and Economic Development says, it's important to get creative and use the outside space you do have. Masks and reservations will be required. In addition to outdoor dining, restaurants and bars will be able to continue to offer takeout, curbside, and delivery services, which have been permitted throughout the pandemic in Minnesota. Minnesota has ranked first in the nation for takeout and delivery patronage during the outbreak of COVID-19.
"Restaurants and bars I just want to speak to all those folks. They're interracial, not just to our economy and we know now how many jobs they create, they're interracial to the parts of us that makes living in Minnesota so great. They're the places where we had first dates. They're the places where we celebrate our anniversaries. They're the places that we celebrate our special moments."
Hair salons and barbershops will also be allowed to reopen June 1st. Capacity will also be capped at 25% of whatever the fire code allows. Masks will be required. Governor Walz also strongly urged health screenings at the door.
In a statement to the press, Governor Walz said, "While all Minnesotans are eager to get a haircut, we owe an enormous debt of gratitude to our salons and barbershops that put their businesses on hold in order to allow the state time to prepare for COVID-19," Governor Walz continued. "With the addition of safety measures like personal protective equipment and a limited number of people inside, it's safe to say we're not going back to normal. But we can cautiously turn the dial back as Minnesotans continue to do their part to stay safe. Make a reservation, wear a mask, wash your hands, and stay home if you're feeling sick."
Tattoo shops are also being allowed to reopen June 1st. Grove says both workers and patrons are required to wear masks due to the close proximity.
Campgrounds and charter boats will also be allowed to reopen and start operating June 1st as well. Social distancing is still a must in common areas.
Churches, pools, outdoor concert venues, fitness centers, bowling alleys, and movie theaters still must remain closed.
The governor also said that this situation is fluid and can change back to businesses being locked down. He says it takes roughly two weeks to see the results of the dial turns, so if the state sees a spike in cases, he says the dials could be turned back.