Recap of Governor Walz’s New Restrictions

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Brainerd Lakes Chamber


Here is a recap of the restrictions outlined in Governor’s latest executive order. We realize this will create significant hardships for many, and it goes without saying that we will need our outstanding community to rally around its small businesses once again.

Stay Safe Graphic Social Gatherings

Private social gatherings

  • Limited to 10 people from 3 households or less, both indoor and outdoor
  • Effective 10 p.m. this Friday, November 13
Stay Safe Graphic Receptions and Events

Celebrations and receptions

  • Described as receptions, celebrations and milestone events, including weddings, funerals, birthdays, reunions, anniversaries and private parties 
  • Must have a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan
  • 50-person capacity limit effective Friday, November 27
  • 25-person capacity limit effective Friday, December 11
  • May not take place between 10 p.m. and 4 a.m.

NOTE: We are attempting to get further clarification on other types of events that may be impacted by this rule.

Stay Safe Graphic Bars and Restaurants

Bars and restaurants

  • Maintain 50% capacity but no more than 150 people per business
  • Counters closed for seating and service unless it’s a counter-only service establishment
  • Patrons must be seated at tables
  • No bar games permitted that require standing
  • No dine-in service from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m., but may remain open for delivery and take-out
  • Effective 10 p.m., Friday, November 13

Small business support

  • Additional $10 million allocated to state’s Small Business Relief Grant program
  • Must have already applied and currently on waiting list
  • 1,000 businesses will receive $10,000 grants

Good news for retailers

This wasn’t specifically referenced in the press conference, but the Minnesota Retailers Association informed us that retailers may now operate at 100% percent capacity with social distancing and other COVID safety measures. Please note that the state guidance now lists retailers as “open” with the 50% capacity limit removed.

Of course, we will share additional details as they become available. We encourage you to take extra safety precautions while we push for more financial relief. Our Chamber team is also working on new Lakes Proud efforts to inspire local support with specific calls to action. If you have questions or ideas, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

#LakesProud #KeepItLocal

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