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The latest business reopenings per Governor Walz’s January 6th announcement

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Brainerd Lakes Chamber

Following is a brief synopsis of today’s announcement related to reopening Minnesota businesses and easing several restrictions that are currently in place. The following will go into effect on Monday, January 11.

Private social gatherings (no changes)

  • Indoor gatherings limited to 10 max from 2 households
  • Outdoor gatherings limited to 15 max from 3 households

Restaurants and bars

  • Indoor dining reopened at 50% capacity (150 max indoors, 150 max outdoors)
  • Limit of 6 per table
  • Bar seating now allowed in groups of 2
  • Mandatory closing time of 10 p.m.

Gyms and fitness studios

  • Capacity remains at 25% capacity, 150 max
  • Classes resume up to 25 max
  • 9 feet social distancing required instead of current 12 feet
  • Masks required


  • Reopened at 25% capacity, 150 max

Outdoor event venues

  • Reopened at 25% capacity, 250 max

Indoor event venues (theatres, bowling alleys, etc.)

  • Reopened at 25% capacity, 150 max
  • No food and alcohol allowed after 10 p.m.

Weddings and funerals

  • Ceremonies must follow guidance based on type of venue (150 or 250 max)
  • Receptions serving food/drink are limited to private gathering rules (10 or 15 max)

Religious gatherings

  • Expanded to 50% capacity with no max

Organized sports

  • Games allowed on January 14
  • Spectators allowed at venues per guidelines above
  • Interstate or inter-regional games discouraged

There were no further announcements on reopening schools.

If you have trouble finding specific guidance related to your business operations, please reach out to us at or 218-829-2838. We look forward to many local businesses reopening next week, and we’re optimistic about the future as long as we continue to follow simple safety precautions. Let’s all make an extra effort next week to be Lakes Proud!


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