Governor Walz turns the dial back on regulations
At 11:59 p.m. on May 27, 2021, COVID restrictions for capacity and social distancing will be lifted.
Masks are required in the city of Minneapolis for indoor use of public, entertainment, or service establishments. When the Mayor does lift the City-wide mask mandate, businesses may choose to continue to require employees and customers to wear masks and to distance. We encourage businesses to have a plan for what their individual policies will be and how it will be implemented when the mask ordinance is lifted.
To Go Beer and Wine with Carry Out orders are no longer allowed.
State and City of Minneapolis Guidance
|Hours of operation||Normal business hours||Same as state|
|COVID-19 Preparedness Plan||Required||Same as state|
|Outdoor structures||Tents and similar structures must have at least 50% open walls to qualify as outdoor dining. Enclosed structures must follow guidance for indoor dining.||Same as state|
|Face coverings: indoors||Not required outside of Minneapolis unless by establishment request.||
Face coverings should be worn in all indoor spaces by those able to medically tolerate them.
Face coverings may be removed when consuming food or beverages.
Normal entertainment permitted per Business Plan
|Same as state||
Singers must maintain a distance of at least 12 feet from patrons.
Masks required even while dancing.
Outdoor entertainment may require an approved Amplified Sound Permit
|Same as state|
Businesses need to follow the State COVID-19 Universal Guidance for All Businesses and Entities from May 28 through the earlier of:
- June 30
- Until 70% of Minnesotans aged 16+ receive at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine
Best practice recommendations to be more COVID-19 safe
- Assign a “COVID-19 Captain” who monitors front of house COVID-19 requirements
- Lower music volume to minimize the need for customers to talk over music. Talking over music increases the spread of respiratory droplets that may contain the virus that causes COVID-19
- Wait staff request customers put on masks before approaching table to take order
- Wait staff stand slightly behind customers when taking food or drink orders
- Wait staff wear surgical or N95 masks; or double mask when wearing a cloth mask
- Consider setting a time limit for table reservations. Share the time limit in your reservation platform
Further guidance and resources for businesses
Where can I find Minneapolis-specific COVID-19 updates?
Minneapolis COVID-19 dashboard
What services are allowed in outdoor spaces?
Outdoor spaces may continue to operate in either their preapproved configuration. Businesses will need to follow current industry guidance for dining in outdoor spaces.
Can I continue to use my temporary outdoor expansion space?
You may continue to use your temporary outdoor expansion until 90 days after the State of Emergency has been rescinded.
You may use tents and other enclosed spaces to expand seating on private property. Any enclosure with 3 or more sides is considered indoor dining. Indoor dining must follow the COVID-19 restrictions for indoor spaces, including:
- No capacity limits for outdoor spaces beyond normal requirements.
- No distancing requirements.
All outdoor dining spaces must consider:
- Snow removal needs
- Structural ability of the tent or enclosure to hold the weight of snow without collapsing
- How to meet Americans with Disabilities (ADA) requirements such as wheelchair accessibility
Some outdoor heating elements are allowed, as long as you follow fire safety regulations and consider incorporating an air exchange mechanism to allow for adequate airflow through the enclosed space.
Businesses thinking about a new or significantly altered outdoor dining setup should contact their Area License Inspector for additional support. You may need to submit a new site plan or an amended temporary expansion application.
Details on the types of outdoor structures and heating elements that may be used:
|Allowed - No permit required||Allowed - Additional permit required||Not allowed|
|Outdoor structures: ground level|
|Canopy (2 or fewer covered sides)|
|Tent (3 or more covered sides), less than 400 square feet|
|Tent (3 or more covered sides), 400 square feet or larger||Tent Permit Required|
|Hard-sided/solid-wall enclosures (greenhouses, igloos, pods)||Building permit required|
|Awnings||Building permit required|
|Outdoor structures: rooftop|
|Hard-sided/solid-wall, must not be plastic (greenhouses)||Building Permit Required|
|Canopies (any size)|
|Tents (any size)|
|Open flame (bonfires, pit fires)||FIS permit|
|Liquid propane (LP) gas (patio heaters)||FIS permit|
|Please note: open flames and fuel sources must not be located inside or within 20 feet of a tent or enclosure. Learn more about fire safety regulations.|