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Investigators with the Alcohol and Gambling Enforcement Division are working with our partners at the Minnesota Departments of Health and Labor and Industry to ensure restaurants and bars are following proper COVID protocol in order to stay open. Investigators observed 1,008 establishments from June 25-Sept. 10. In all, 18 warning letters were issued with no fines being assessed by AGED. To ensure businesses remain open, establishments should:
A full list of the establishments inspected can be found here.
Together we can all do our part to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Investigators with the Department of Public Safety Alcohol and Gambling Enforcement division (DPS-AGED) recently followed up with the bars and restaurants that received warning letters for violations of Governor Tim Walz’s Executive Order 20-74. All 14 establishments are now in compliance.DPS-AGED agents, along with law enforcement partners around the state spent two weeks (July 4-13) surveilling 919 restaurants and bars throughout the state looking for violations. Investigators were specifically looking for employees violating mask requirements, adherence to social distancing with tables less than six feet apart and establishments serving to more than 50 percent capacity. Additional ObservationsAn AGED agent spent Tuesday evening in St. Paul’s Lowertown observing 15 bars and restaurants. All of the open establishments were following proper guidelines outlines in the Governor’s Executive Order.“We are grateful to those establishments who are working hard to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 by following a few simple guidelines,” said DPS Assistant Commissioner Booker Hodges. “We can all do our part to help keep our businesses safe by wearing a mask, social distancing and adhering to establishment seating limits.” If you witness a restaurant or bar violating the executive order, we encourage you to contact your local law enforcement agency to report the violation. You may also contact the Minnesota Department of Health to report your concerns by calling 651-297-1304, 800-657-3504.
A federal judge recently struck down Minnesota’s law requiring wineries to use mostly Minnesota-grown grapes for production.Following the court ruling, farm wineries now have no restriction for the grape requirement. Businesses needing guidance, clarification or information on their farm winery license can reach out to AGED for education and assistance.
We all must do our part to keep businesses safe and help reduce the spread of COVID-19.
Per Governor Tim Walz’s Executive Order 20-74, bar and restaurant employees must wear masks, establishment must adhere to social distancing with tables less than six feet apart and not serve to more than 50 percent capacity.To report violations by businesses: Contact local law enforcement or one of the agencies listed below, if applicable.
Video Description: Get an inside look at how the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Alcohol and Gambling Enforcement Division works with Native American tribes to ensure slot machines are paying out correctly and gaming is fair for all.