Walz loosens restrictions on entertainment, gyms; restaurants can extend hours to 11 p.m.

Updated: February 12, 2021 06:41 PM
Created: February 12, 2021 10:45 AM

(ABC 6 News) - Governor Walz signed a new executive order today that loosens some restrictions on restaurants, entertainment, and gyms. 

The changes outlined in Executive Order 21-07 take effect Saturday, February 13, at noon. Changes include: 

  • Increasing the “not to exceed” capacity in restaurants to 250 while leaving the maximum capacity at 50%.
  • Increasing indoor entertainment “not to exceed” capacity to 250, while leaving the maximum capacity at 25%.
  • Increasing private events and celebrations “not to exceed” capacity to 50.
  • Increasing gym and pool “not to exceed” capacity to 250 while leaving maximum capacity at 25% and reducing distancing requirement to 6 feet.
  • Allowing restaurants to stay open until 11 p.m.

In the press release, the governor's office cited the drop in hospitalizations and increased vaccinations have led to adjustments in COVID-19 mitigation efforts. 

"Our small businesses have made enormous sacrifices for the health of their employees and communities," said Governor Walz in a press release. "Today, we can make these cautious, common sense adjustments to support them because of the progress we have made controlling the spread of COVID-19 and getting the most at-risk Minnesotans vaccinated."

Mobile app users, click here to read the full Executive Order.

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