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Alcohol and Gambling Enforcement

A Division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety
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What's New?

Executive Order 21-21

Business Hours:

  • Establishments may now return to pre-COVID hours.

Outdoor Space

  • Establishments may return to pre-COVID capacity limits. 

Indoor Space

  • Occupancy must not exceed 75 percent of the normal capacity.
  • A maximum of 250 people are allowed indoors.
  • Physical distancing of at least six feet must be maintained between parties at different tables.
  • No more than 10 customers seated at one table.
  • Establishments with indoor space and sufficient normal occupant capacity may exceed 250 people indoors in accordance with the applicable percentage limitations and guidance available on the Stay Safe Minnesota website (

Permit Fees Waived

​The Minnesota Legislature and Governor Walz have worked to provide economic relief to bars and restaurants impacted by COVID-19 and the subsequent Executive Orders.
From Jan. 1, 2021, through Dec. 31, 2021:

  • The 2 a.m. optional permit fee is waived.
  • The liquor catering permit fee is waived.

Applicants must continue to secure the appropriate approvals through their local jurisdiction and send the required applications to the Alcohol and Gambling Enforcement Division so that we are able to issue the permit and have it reflected in the liquor licensing database.
Any funds received for 2021 will be returned. We are unable to issue 2020 refunds.