Governor Walz relaxes many COVID-19 restrictions
As Cases Fall and Vaccination Ramps up, Governor Walz Adjusts COVID-19 Mitigation Measures
[ST. PAUL, MN] – As Minnesota continues to make progress vaccinating Minnesotans and slowing the spread of COVID-19, Governor Tim Walz today announced that on March 15 Minnesotans can begin safely gathering with more friends and loved ones, supporting Minnesota’s small businesses, and visiting large venues.
Unless otherwise noted, the adjustments are effective at noon on Monday, March 15. They include measures to:
Make it easier to safely gather with family:
Social gatherings: Up to 50 people outdoors or 15 people for indoor gatherings, both without household limits.
Youth sports: Pod size increasing to 50 for outdoor activities.
Religious services: Remove occupancy limit, but social distancing required.
Celebrations: Follow venue guidance.
Support small businesses:
Bars and restaurants: Increasing allowable occupancy to 75%, up from 50%, with a limit of 250 people. The limits apply separately indoors and outdoors. Bar seating increases to parties of 4.
Salons/barbers: Removing the occupancy limit, but social distancing required.
Gyms/fitness centers/pools: Increasing allowable occupancy to 50%, up from 25%. Outdoor classes can increase to 50 people.
Entertainment venues: Increasing allowable occupancy to 50%, up from 25%, both indoors and outdoors, with a limit of 250.
As summer nears, the state will adjust guidelines for large venues. All venues can open at 50% capacity up to 250 people. Venues with normal occupant capacity over 500 can add additional guests, effective April 1:
Seated outdoor venues can add an additional 25% of their capacity over 500, with a limit of 10,000 people.
Non-seated outdoor venues can add an additional 15% of their capacity over 500, with a limit of 10,000 people.
Seated indoor venues can add an additional 15% of their capacity over 500, with a limit of 3,000 people.
Non-seated indoor venues can add an additional 10% of their capacity over 500, with a limit of 1,500 people.
As more Minnesotans are vaccinated, work from home will no longer be required – but it will continue to be strongly recommended – beginning April 15. All employers should continue to accommodate employees who wish to work from home.
To protect progress and keep Minnesotans safe, several safety measures will remain in place, including:
Minnesotans should continue to wear masks.
Continue to socially distance. All of today’s guidance requires venues to maintain 6 feet of distance between guests to reduce the spread of the virus.
Our COVID response remains robust. Community testing sites are available at no cost. The COVIDAware App will continue to alert Minnesotans if they have been exposed.
Executive Order 21-11 will have the full force and effect of law upon the approval of the Executive Council, which is made up of Governor Walz, Lieutenant Governor Flanagan, Attorney General Keith Ellison, Secretary of State Steve Simon, and State Auditor Julie Blaha.