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Starting today, Minnesota will allow for the cautious and safe re-opening of indoor dining, gyms, and entertainment venues.

Occupancy limits for places of worship, outdoor gatherings, and personal services like salons and barbershops are increasing, too. Customers and employees will be either strongly recommended or required to wear masks and will be required to adhere to appropriate social distancing measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 to protect frontline health care workers, senior citizens, and other vulnerable populations.

Limited re-opening of dine-in restaurants, gyms, and entertainment venues can begin on Wednesday, June 10 as follows:

• Restaurants can begin offering indoor dining while maintaining social distancing, requiring reservations, and seating no more than 50 percent occupancy.

• Indoor social gatherings can take place with 10 people or less; outdoor social gatherings can take place with 25 people or less.

• Gyms, personal fitness and yoga studios, and martial arts may open at 25 percent capacity.

• Indoor entertainment venues, such as theaters and concert halls, can open at 25 percent capacity.

• Recreational indoor entertainment venues, such as bowling alleys, arcades, and museums may open at 25 percent capacity.

• Personal services, such as salons, tattoo parlors, and barbershops, may increase occupancy rates to 50 percent while requiring reservations.

• Outdoor entertainment venues, such as sporting events, concerts, and theaters may open at 25 percent capacity.

• Places of worship can increase occupancy rates to 50 percent.

It’s up to all of us to continue showing that we care for our nurses, doctors, first responders, and vulnerable Minnesotans by taking personal responsibility to socially distance, wear masks, frequently wash our hands, and stay close to home.

Please contact my office if I can be of assistance in navigating programs that help small businesses, unemployed workers, and families impacted by COVID-19. Send an email to rep.jeanne.poppe@house.mn or leave me a voicemail by calling 651-296-4193.

Thank you for everything you are doing to prevent the spread of COVID-19.