On Wednesday, Gov. Tim Walz unveiled the plan to reopen bars and restaurants throughout Minnesota.
Walz ordered the establishments to more than two months ago.
Walz announced Wednesday that restaurants can open for outdoor sit-down dining beginning on June 1.
Today we announced the next phases in our Stay Safe Plan. Our restaurants and bars are an integral part of the social fabric of Minnesota, and it has been heartbreaking to see this pandemic’s impact on our small businesses. pic.twitter.com/UHpD1aeBOO
— Governor Tim Walz (@GovTimWalz) May 20, 2020
There must be six feet between customers. Staff must wear masks. Max capacity is 50 people. Restaurant reservations are required.
“We had to furlough over 80 people at Bellecour and currently run a take out operation with the 10 managers on staff,” said Gavin Kaysen owner of Bellecour. “We will need assistance from our Mayor and the city council in Wayzata, finding ways to allow guests to eat outside more, providing us with those areas of dining, without having to pay a normal permit or fee that we would have to in normal days.”
Meanwhile, hair salons can open on June 1 at limited capacity.
Staff and customers must wear masks in these businesses. They can operate on a 25 percent capacity. There must be six feet between customers.
Some Republicans disagree with parts of the plan.
Statement from @KDaudt on reopening guidance:
“These announcements show exactly why the governor should be working with the legislature instead of going it alone. What is the science that allows indoor salon services but restricts restaurants to outdoor seating?#mnleg 1/3
— MN House Republicans (@mnhousegop) May 20, 2020
With the Governor’s plan out there, Kaysen says it’s time to coordinate Bellecour’s reopening.
“It will not be a light switch that we can turn back on quickly, we will need to take time to be thoughtful on how to open, the safety of our teams and our guests is in unison with our reputation, it is our everything.”
Kaysen says he appreciates the support of Wayzata during this time.
“We really feel that we are a part of this community – so we are grateful for that, we look forward to opening our doors soon and welcoming you all back,” said Kaysen.
Here’s a link to more information about the June 1 developments: https://mn.gov/covid19/for-minnesotans/stay-safe-mn/stay-safe-plan.jsp
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