Minnesota expands capacity for restaurants, gyms, sports, entertainment

Minnesota expands capacity for restaurants, gyms, sports, entertainment

(FOX 9) – Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz is rolling back of some of the state’s COVID-19 restrictions on businesses and large gatherings. The governor will announce the changes in a live address at 11 a.m. Friday, following by a Q&A with reporters at 12 p.m. FOX 9 will carry both events live on air and streaming at fox9.com/live. 

The adjustments to Minnesota’s COVID-19 restrictions will go into effect on Monday, March 15. On April 15, Walz is also lifting the requirement that people who can work from home do so, which has been in effect since last spring. 

Businesses Bars and restaurants: Increasing allowable occupancy to 75%, up from 50%, with a limit of 250 people. The limits apply separately indoors and outdoors. Bar seating increases to parties of four. Salons/barbers: Removing the occupancy limit, but social distancing required.Gyms/fitness centers/pools: Increasing allowable occupancy to 50%, up from 25%. Outdoor classes can increase to 50 people. Entertainment venues: Increasing allowable occupancy to 50%, up from 25%, both indoors and outdoors, with a limit of 250.Social gatherings Social gatherings: Up to 50 people outdoors or 15 people for indoor gatherings, both without household limits.Youth sports:  Pod size increasing to 50 for outdoor activities.Religious services: Remove occupancy limit, but social distancing required.Celebrations: Follow venue…

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