VIDEO: More MN businesses able to reopen their doors

Devin Martin
Created: June 10, 2020 08:03 PM

(ABC 6 News) - Wednesday, more Minnesota businesses were able to reopen their doors after being closed since early March due to COVID-19.

Restaurants, gyms and swimming pools are able to open under 50% capacity following Governor Walz’s order. 


Nellie's on 3rd is one of Rochester's newest restaurants that opened at the Grand Rounds location and Wednesday they were finally able to open their newly renovated indoor dining space for guests.

"It is one step closer to normalcy I guess,” Rick McCoy, interim general manager said, “So I think we're all just excited to get people in here and see the new renovations and just to see each other. With guests coming in too, it's a lot better than it was before."

Staff is taking social distancing into consideration and they recommend making reservations ahead of time. Guests also do not have to wear masks if they choose not to. 

"We do have some tables that are closed,” added McCoy, “Other than that we're sanitizing everything every half an hour, hot spots in the restaurant, we'll keep that going. It is nice to have these people in here." 

One customer says the change of pace is nice. 

"It's been a really long three months not being able to go to restaurants and sit down, It's nice to be able to finally be back inside at a table and be able to meet up with friends,” said Ben Reilly.

Another business in the heart of Rochester that was able to reopen was the Chateau Theatre.

Grand ambassador Amy Seitz says she is happy to once again welcome guests, "It feels amazing. It's extraordinarily exciting for all of us at exhibits development group and Chateau to welcome back the community."

The theatre is able to open at 25% capacity. Currently the theater is displaying ‘Dressing the Abbey’ which runs through July 3. 

 "It's a perfect exhibition to welcome back guests,” she said, “There's nothing to touch, as you'll see as you walk through the Chateau completely hands off and see an amazing exhibition that will be here.” 

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