ST. PAUL, Minn. – The state of Minnesota will continue to open back up starting June 10.
Beginning Wednesday, Gov. Tim Walz said people will “head back into our restaurant with capacity, gyms and fitness studios.”
Walz said part of the reason for the easing of restrictions is due to increased testing. The state passed 11,000 tests on Thursday.
“We can’t get complacent and can’t get lazy,” Walz said. “We’re going to really need to ask people to make this work.”
Here are some of the changes:
- The limit for gatherings outdoors has moved to 25, up from 10.
- Up to 50 percent capacity of indoor restaurants (with a maximum of 250)
- Workers must wear masks.
- Hair salons, barbershops can move to 50 percent capacity.
- Places of worship can be open to 50 percent (with a maximum of 250)
- Gyms and fitness centers (can open at 25 percent).
- Indoor entertainment (movie theaters, bowling alleys) can open at 25 percent.
- Pools can open at 50 percent capacity
Rochester Mayor Kim Norton said it will be "a good day" for businesses around the state.
On May 20, Gov. Walz said that starting June 1, restaurants and bars may open outdoor dining as long as they adhere to proper social distancing. Walz said hair salons and barbershops may open with safety protocols.
House Minority Leader Kurt Daudt, R-Crown, issued the following statement regarding today's announcement by Gov. Walz regarding Phase III of the COVID-19 reopening:
"It's time for the governor's emergency powers, and the arbitrary restrictions he's placing on our businesses to end. Minnesotans are prepared to safely social distance and reopen businesses with proper procedures in place. Wisconsin's restrictions ended three weeks ago; their positive case rates are dropping and other indicators remain stable and well below our rates here in Minnesota."
"I appreciate Gov. Walz's efforts to fight the pandemic, but three months of data suggests his approach simply did not work. Let's focus our efforts on protecting our nursing homes and long-term care facilities and start the process of reopening and rebuilding our economy."