Big changes start on May 7 ahead of May 28 end date. No masks starting July 1.
Gov. Tim Walz on Thursday announced a three phased approach to rolling back what remains of Minnesota’s COVID-19 restrictions starting Friday, May 7.
Here are the highlights and timelines of the changes (you can watch the broadcast above):
- No capacity restrictions for outdoor dining for bars and restaurants. Indoor capacity of 75 percent for bars and restaurants still remains.
- Curfew is over. The governor has ended the 11 p.m. curfew on bars and restaurants.
- Large outdoor venues which had been limited to 10,000 (such as Target Field), capacity restrictions are now removed.
- No masks required for outdoor venues if they are less than 500 people.
- Large indoor venues (like Xcel Center in St. Paul where the Minnesota Wild play) that had been limited to 3,000, those restrictions are now removed. However, for these large indoor venues, physical distancing is still required. Masks still required.
- Social gatherings: Limit increased to 50 from 15.
- Playing outdoor sports: No masking required. No more distancing rules.
When Minnesotans wake up the morning of May 28, capacity and social distancing restrictions at businesses, gyms, social gatherings and at bars and restaurants will be over.
However, masks are still required for indoor and outdoor events that have more than 500 people.
- All restrictions on gatherings will end including masking requirements. However, if 70 percent of Minnesotans 16 and older have at least one dose of their COVID-19 vaccine prior to July 1, then all restrictions will end sooner than July 1.
What is not changing
- Eviction moratorium: The governor said the eviction moratorium in place because of the pandemic will remain in place as will his emergency powers.
Additionally, the governor will still allow businesses and local government to still have their own requirements n masking or other coronavirus prevention measures.