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Reopening Restaurants and Bars

For safety guidelines on reopening restaurants and bars, please click here. ​

Executive Order 20-74: Effective June 10

Restaurants and Bars can reopen for indoor service with:

  • Have adopted and implemented a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan.
  • Ensure a minimum of six feet of distance between tables.
  • Limit indoor occupant capacity to no more than 50 percent up to 250 people.
  • Do not exceed 250 people in outdoor spaces.
  • Limit table service to four persons, or six if part of one family unit.
  • Require reservations.
  • Require workers to wear masks at all times and strongly encourage customers to wear masks when not eating or drinking.
  • All establishments must follow applicable state and local laws and regulations. Local governments are encouraged to work collaboratively with establishments to allow for outdoor service.


  • The local government must approve any compact and contiguous additions to the licensed premises and include such additions in the issuing authority’s license files. AGED does not require copies of premise maps or premise extension plans.
  • Sidewalk seating or other types of local authority controlled public spaces for expanded seating could be utilized at the local authority’s discretion.  For example, a parking lot could be used, but would have to compact and contiguous to the licensed premise.
  • Minnesota law does not address the types of accessories that could be used to delineate additions to licensed premises.  Some establishments have used planters, ropes, paint, fencing, railings, or concrete barriers, etc.
  • The space needs to be identified in some manner as an alcoholic beverage service area. Identifying the space as part of the licensed premises establishes the area where alcohol can be sold and consumed, so consumers, the business, and regulators know where the service area is and that it is covered by a proper license and insurance.
  • Establishments that do not have outdoor spaces that are compact and contiguous could apply for an alcohol catering permit.

AGED may issue a Caterer’ Permit to a restaurant that holds an on-sale intoxicating liquor license issued by any municipality. The holder of a caterer's permit may sell intoxicating liquor as an incidental part of a food service that serves prepared meals for an event other than the premises for which the holder's on-sale intoxicating liquor license is issued.

A Caterer's Permit holder must currently hold valid food and beverage licenses from the Minnesota Department of Health and insure equipment used for food and beverage service are permissible under the establishment’s plan review as governed under the provisions of Minnesota Statute 157 and Minnesota Rules 4626.

The catering permit does not allow for daily bar service, but can be utilized for weekend or various events held by the bar/restaurant.  All liquor laws and rules that apply to the on-sale license also apply to the caterer's permit.

Liquor liability and workers compensation insurance are mandatory and a certificate showing off premises coverage must accompany this application for a caterer's permit. Cancellation or suspension of the on-sale license invalidates the caterer's permit.

The applicant is required to notify the city police chief or county sheriff (if located outside city limits) before any catered events take place in their jurisdiction. Only the licensee holding the caterer’s permit shall provide food and liquor at catered events. A pre-license inspection will be conducted by this office prior to caterer’s permit approval. Caterer's Permit Application.

EO-74 does not negate the limited off sale of alcoholic beverages by on sale liquor establishments and the restrictions remain:

  • Only establishments that hold a restaurant license issued by the department of health are eligible.
  • Alcoholic beverages are limited to 72 ounces of malt liquor, hard seltzer and cider, and 750ml of wine per prepared food take out order ( a six pack and a bottle of wine).
  • The alcoholic beverages are sold in their original, unopened packaging.
  • Hours and days of sale are the same as liquor stores.
  • Food deliveries cannot include alcohol.
  • Local city, county, and/or municipality may opt out.

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