Gov. Walz Calling for Partial Closure of MN Bars and Restaurants

In an effort to curb the spread of COVID19, Gov. Tim Walz announced a partial closure of all restaurants, bars and other places of public accommodation and amusement by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 17, until 5 p.m. on March 27.

Restaurants may still operate if they choose but as takeout or delivery only. The "places of public amusement" impacted include theaters, museums, gyms, amusement parks, arcades and other recreational facilities. Grocery stores, pharmacies and convenience stores are being asked to stay open.

For employees that are currently unemployed due to the closure can go to for expedited unemployment help.

In a post on the Governor's Facebook page:

"As the cases of COVID-19 in Minnesota continue to climb, we must take decisive action to curb the spread of this pandemic and protect the health and safety of Minnesotans. That’s why I’m ordering a partial closure of restaurants, bars and places of public accommodation and amusement, such as fitness centers and movie theaters, by 5 p.m. tomorrow. I also signed an Executive Order to ensure workers affected by these closures have the support they need.

This is a challenging time for business owners, employees, and children and families alike. We must come together as One Minnesota to care for our neighbors and slow the spread of COVID-19."

Let’s work together to keep all Minnesotans safe and healthy. Families with questions about COVID-19 may call 1-800-657-3903 and child care providers with questions may call 1-888-234-1268.

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