November 28, 2021

Volume XI, Number 332

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Minnesota Eases COVID-19 Restrictions on Businesses

To start off the new year, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz signed Executive Order 21-01 (Protecting Recent Progress and Cautiously Resuming Certain Activities) on January 6, 2021, easing some of the current restrictions imposed under Executive Order 20-103 Extending and Modifying Executive Order 20-99 and continuing the state’s efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Beginning January 10, 2021, at 11:59 p.m., the following changes to the current restrictions are effective:

  • Restaurants and bars are permitted to open for indoor and outdoor dining at 50% capacity, up to 150 people maximum, provided all establishments must close between 10:00 p.m. and 4:00 a.m. Reservations are required, and parties must maintain social distancing of six feet between other parties. Bar seating also is permitted, provided it is limited to parties of two.

  • Gyms and fitness studios remain open at 25% capacity, but maximum capacity limits have increased from 100 individuals to 150 individuals and class sizes are permitted to increase to 25 people, so long as distancing can be observed. Physical distancing of at least nine feet must be maintained between machines and individuals. Masks are still required at all times.

  • Indoor events and entertainment may open at 25% capacity, subject to a maximum of 150 people with no food service permitted after 10:00 p.m. Social distancing must be maintained, and masks are required.

  • Outdoor events and entertainment may open at 25% capacity, subject to a maximum of 250 people with no food service permitted after 10:00 p.m. Social distancing must be maintained.

Despite these changes, the new order still requires employees who can work from home to continue to do so.

Jackson Lewis P.C. © 2021National Law Review, Volume XI, Number 7
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About this Author

Gina K. Janeiro, Employment Labor Attorney, Jackson Lewis Law firm
Office Managing Principal

Gina K. Janeiro is Office Managing Principal of the Minneapolis, Minnesota, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. She is certified as a Labor and Employment Law Specialist through the Minnesota State Bar Association.

Ms. Janeiro practices in all aspects of employment law and advises and represents clients in the areas of discrimination and harassment, disability management, employment contracts, wage and hour compliance, commission claims, noncompetition litigation, drug testing law, defamation, whistleblower and in closely-held corporation and partnership disputes. Ms...

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Hadley M. Simonett Associate Minneapolis
Associate

Hadley M. Simonett is an Associate in the Minneapolis, Minnesota, office of Jackson Lewis P.C.

While attending law school, Ms. Simonett was awarded the Minnesota Bar Association Law Student Award for Excellence in Employment Law and recognized for her dedication to public service. She served as an editor of the Minnesota Journal of International Law, and President of the Student Employment and Labor Law Association from 2017-2019. She also participated in the Mediation Clinic, completing the 30-hour civil mediation training and becoming Minnesota Rule...

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