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Update from MN Deed on loosening restrictions

  • 12 Feb 2021
  • 3:30 PM
  • 14 Feb 2021
  • 11:30 PM

As we continue to be cautiously optimistic about the progress Minnesotans have made in slowing the spread of COVID-19, the Governor is loosening some restrictions today in ways that will help businesses. While these measures are not a major dial turn, we know they will make a difference to thousands of businesses and workers across the state. Starting Saturday, February 13 at 12:00 p.m. the following changes will go into effect:   

  • The cap on bars and restaurants will move up to 250 people inside and 250 outside, with an occupancy limit of no more than 50% of established capacity.  
  • Onsite dining hours are extended to 11:00pm, for any establishment that serves food. Takeout may occur after 11:00pm.  
  • Indoor seated and non-seated entertainment occupancy limits expand to 250 people in each separate area, with a total max of 1,250 people, while maintaining social distancing. Food and beverage consumption is extended to 11:00. 
  • Outdoor entertainment food and beverage consumption is extended to 11:00pm.  
  • Private wedding, funeral, celebrations and parties will have an occupancy limit of 25%, up to a max. of 50 people with social distancing. These events may not occur between 11:00 p.m. and 4:00 a.m.   
  • Gyms, fitness centers and pools expand to 250 at 25% capacity. Social distancing at 6 feet.  

For more information, please review the guidance documents, which will be updated shortly. 

To keep our economy and progress moving forward, it’s critical that we all remain vigilant in fighting COVID-19. Thank you for everything you’re doing to keep Minnesotans safe so that we can continue to make progress in our economy.  

Thank you,  



Steve Grove |Commissioner 


Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development 

1st National Bank Building, 332 Minnesota St., Suite E200, St. Paul MN 55101

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