Minneapolis releases guidance for restaurants, other businesses amid new 'stay safe' order

The city of Minneapolis released guidance Tuesday for restaurants and other businesses amid the new 'stay safe' order announced by Gov. Walz on May 20. 

According to a release from the city, restaurants and businesses should:

  • Have a COVID-19 preparedness plan that meets state requirements.
  • Maintain 6 feet between tables.
  • Limit occupancy to a maximum of 50 diners.
  • Limit dining party sizes to four people or six people for families.
  • Require reservations.
  • Require employees to wear masks.

Patrons are also asked to wear masks indoors in accordance with Mayor Jacob Frey's emergency regulation.

Restaurants may also seek expanded outdoor dining space with the city. Minneapolis has streamlined the permission process for restaurants and bars to expand their outdoor dining. Businesses can apply for temporary expansion of premises permits that will allow for dining in an adjacent parking lot, parking spaces and available green space.

Personal services businesses must:

  • Have adopted and implemented a COVID-19 preparedness plan.
  • Limit the number of clients inside the business to ensure that a 6-foot distance between persons can be kept at all times.
  • Reduce occupant capacity to no more than 25%.
  • See clients by appointment only and not allow walk-ins.
  • Require workers and clients to wear masks at all times, and not provide services that cannot be performed without a mask.