At a press conference at 11 a.m. today, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz is going to announce significant rollbacks impacting businesses and large gathering. Walz is expected to announce that the changes will begin Monday, March 15.
Here are some the restriction changes that are expected as part of Walz’s 11 a.m. announcement and noon question and answer session with reporters:
Bars and Restaurants – Increasing the allowable occupancy from 50 percent to 75 percent to 75 percent with a limit of 250 people. The limits apply separately indoors and outdoors. Bar seating will increase to parties of four.
Gyms and Fitness Centers – Increasing the allowable occupancy from 25 percent to 50 percent. Outdoor classes can increase to 50 people.
Entertainment Venues – Increasing allowable occupancy from 25 percent to 50 percent – both indoors and outdoors – with a limit of 250.
Salons and Barber Shops – Removing all occupancy limits, but social distancing will still be required
Social Gatherings – Up to 50 people outdoors or 15 people for indoor gatherings. Both come without household limits.
Youth Sports – Pod size increasing to 50 for outdoor activities.
Religious Services – Remove occupancy limit, but social distancing is still required.
Seated Outdoor Venues – Can add an additional 25 percent of their capacity over 500, with a limit of 10,000 people.
Non-Seated Outdoor Venues – Can add an additional 15 percent of their capacity over 500 with a limit of 10,000 people.
Seated Indoor Venues – Can add an additional 15 percent of their capacity over 500 with a limit of 3,000 people.
Non-Seated Indoor Venues – Can add an additional 10 percent of their capacity over 500, with a limit of 1,500 people.
Minnesota Twins – Can have 25 percent capacity at Target Field with a limit of 10,000 fans.