Today, Mayor Jacob Frey announced he will rescind the ban on seating at bar counters in Minneapolis businesses, effective immediately. The decision to remove the restrictions was based on public health data. Public health officials will continue to monitor COVID-19 data trends in the City.
With the City regulation rescinded, businesses must follow requirements in the State Emergency Order 2021-01 for bar seating. Highlights include:
- Reservations are required
- No more than two customers may be seated together at a bar counter at any one time
- Identify a specific location at the bar counter for customers to place orders
- Physical distancing of 6 feet must be maintained between:
- Customers in line to order at a bar counter, Customers ordering at a bar counter and customers seated at the bar counter, and Parties seated at a bar counter
- There is to be no congregating at the bar counter
- If customers pick up their order at a bar counter, they must return to their table or bar seating to eat or drink
- Provide floor markings and signage at the designated bar counter service area
- Increase the amount of fresh air circulating in the bar by opening fresh air intake dampers and keeping HVAC fans running to dilute and disperse air particles
If you have any questions about the rule changes, or best practices, SWBA is here to help. Reach out to us and we can help you find the best solutions.