Guidelines for restaurants & bars to re-open for outdoor dining

Guidelines for restaurants & bars to re-open for outdoor dining

Updated: June 01, 2020 12:14 PM

Minnesota enters phase two of the state's Stay Safe plan Monday, which allows restaurants and bars to re-open for outdoor dining with COVID-19 preparedness plans in place.


These plans include things like practicing enhanced hygiene, social distancing and ensuring sick workers stay home. More information about COVID-19 preparedness plans for restaurants and bars can be found here.

The Minnesota Department of Employment & Economic Development has released guidelines that align with recommendations from the CDC to help businesses as they re-open for outdoor dining. Some of these guidelines include:

  • Ensuring a minimum of six feet distance between tables
  • Limiting table service to groups of four, or six if part of the same family
  • Limiting on-premise capacity to no more than 50 customers
  • Requiring workers to wear masks and strongly encouraging customers to wear masks
  • Requiring reservations in advance.

Another commonly asked question is whether customers are able to go inside restaurants and bars to use bathrooms. That answer is yes.

Answers to other commonly asked questions about restaurants and bars re-opening can be found here.

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