Businesses: What is allowed to open Monday and what isn't
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Governor Tim Walz is still asking people to stay close to home and limit travel to what is truly essential, but starting Monday, he is allowing small gatherings of up to 10 people. That includes gatherings at churches.
In-person shopping can resume Monday for retail stores, malls and other businesses that sell, rent, maintain and repair goods, but only if the business has a COVID-19 preparedness plan in place.
That plan must account for social distancing by both workers and customers, and the business can only operate at 50% occupancy.
Mall of America said it will not open Monday, and will instead wait until June 1. However, others, like Rosedale Center, are opening Monday, although individual stores can make the decision to open later, and areas like restaurants and bars will remain closed.
"We've been preparing, since we closed, for the possibility of opening," said Previn Solberg, owner of Invictus Brewing Company in Blaine.
"We're implementing a seating system so as people come in we can control the crowd," he said, among other new systems they plan to implement after reopened.
Solberg said they're waiting for more guidelines regarding a possible June 1 opening, knowing that date is just a possibility.
"We've started working on what that's going to look like when we do get the green light to open," he said.
Bars, restaurants, barbershops, hair and nail salons, spas and tattoo parlors have their sights set on opening.
Since those businesses require prolonged close physical contact, the governor said he's asking his experts to determine how to safely reopen them on June 1, at the earliest.
Businesses like gyms and fitness studios, museums, zoos, race tracks, bowling alleys, auctions, concerts and indoor event venues are also not allowed to reopen, yet.