Gov. Walz: Bars, restaurants to close except for pickup, delivery

Updated: March 16, 2020 07:44 PM

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz announced businesses, such as bars, restaurants and movie theaters, will close in an effort to fight the spread of COVID-19.


The measure will go into effect at 5 p.m. Tuesday until March 27.

Walz's latest order is expected to allow businesses to still operate if they choose but as takeout-only. Other states have announced similar moves, including New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Maryland, Illinois, Ohio, Massachusetts and Washington state.

His executive order extends to fitness centers, theaters, museums and community clubs too. 

The full list of temporary closures is as follows: 

  • Restaurants, food courts, cafes, coffeehouses, and other places of public accommodation offering food or beverage for on-premises consumption. This excludes institutional and in-house food cafeterias for businesses, hospitals, and long-term care facilities.
  • Bars, taverns, brew pubs, breweries, microbreweries, distilleries, wineries, tasting rooms, clubs, and other places of public accommodation that offer alcoholic beverages for on-premises consumption.
  • Hookah bars, cigar bars, and vaping lounges offering their products for on-premises consumption.
  • Theaters, cinemas, museums, and indoor and outdoor performance venues.
  • Gymnasiums, fitness centers, recreation centers, indoors sports facilities, indoor exercise facilities, exercise studios, and spas.
  • Amusement parks, arcades, bingo halls, bowling alleys, indoor climbing facilities, skating rinks, trampoline parks, and other similar recreational or entertainment facilities.
  • Facilities of country clubs, golf clubs, boating or yacht clubs, sports or athletic clubs, and dining clubs.

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