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Minnesota Governor orders partial closures of bars, restaurants, other businesses

ST. PAUL, MN -- Minnesota Governor Tim Walz is ordering a partial, temporary closure of bars, restaurants, entertainment venues, and other attractions.

Walz's order, signed Monday afternoon, closes restaurants and bars to dine-in customers. He also ordered the temporary closure of other places of public accommodation and amusement, including theaters, museums, fitness centers, and community clubs.

The measure will go into effect at 5 p.m. Tuesday and will last until March 27 at 5 p.m.

"We need to stop congregating," Walz said "We're going to close the bars, restaurants, close the places where we gather. Understanding what we're doing is not lost on us."

Delivery and curbside takeout services are permitted and should continue to observe the community mitigation strategies recommended by the Minnesota Department of Health.

In an effort to support the many Minnesotans affected by these closures, the Governor signed anotehr order "to strengthen Minnesota’s Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund and ensure that workers who are not able to work as a result of COVID-19 have benefits available."

Walz's office says this Executive Order will waive the employer surcharge and allow the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development to pay unemployment benefits immediately.

The full list of businesses affected by this rule closing is below:

i. Restaurants, food courts, cafes, coffeehouses, and other places of public accommodation offering food or beverage for on-premises consumption. This excludes institutional and in-house food cafeterias for businesses, hospitals, and long-term care facilities;

ii. Bars, taverns, brew pubs, breweries, microbreweries, distilleries, wineries, tasting rooms, clubs, and other places of public accommodation that offer alcoholic beverages for on-premises consumption;

iii. Hookah bars, cigar bars, and vaping lounges offering their products for on-premises consumption;

iv. Theaters, cinemas, museums, and indoor and outdoor performance venues;

v. Gymnasiums, fitness centers, recreation centers, indoors sports facilities, indoor exercise facilities, exercise studios, and spas;

vi. Amusement parks, arcades, bingo halls, bowling alleys, indoor climbing facilities, skating rinks, trampoline parks, and other similar recreational or entertainment facilities;

vii. Facilities of country clubs, golf clubs, boating or yacht clubs, sports or athletic clubs, and dining clubs.

Briggs LeSavage

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