Local businesses look forward to re-opening

Emily Ness
Updated: June 06, 2020 10:25 AM

Restaurants, entertainment venues, gyms and more are reacting to Governor Tim Walz’s latest announcement  about re-opening— many — with a sigh of relief.


On Wednesday, Burrito Union will re-open the indoor portion of their restaurant at 50% capacity. They have been preparing for this day for weeks.

"We decided to do some renovations, so we re-did a lot of parts of Burrito Union that we’re really excited to share with everyone,” Jake Able, General Manager of Burrito Union said. “We’ve got new artwork on the walls done by Aaron Kloss, locally and then we’ve re-finished the floors and re-finished the bar and everything is super clean and ready to re-open now. We’re excited to share it with everyone.”

In re-opening, Burrito Union said employees will wear masks and gloves, tables will be spaced six feet apart and enhanced cleaning measures will be in place.

“Table tops, table bottoms, all the parts of the chairs and everything making sure safety and cleanliness is our number one priority right now,” Able said.

Safety and cleanliness is IST Crossfit’s number one priority in re-opening as well. This is something they have been practicing during virtual and outdoor classes for the time being.

“People were just thrilled. People were in tears when they found out we were able to offer outdoor classes,” Chris Bell, Owner and Director of Performance at IST said. “It’s great to re-connect with people. That face to face connection is so important with the clients and the coaches and also with the clients who have become friends with one another while attending our gym.”

Working out at IST will begin again on Wednesday, but at 25% capacity.

“Everybody is quite excited and we’ll make a formal announcement here probably in the next day or two about opening up Wednesday morning and what people can expect,” Bell said.

A few of these expectations will include wellness checks, social distancing and enhanced sanitation.

Businesses planning to re-open on Wednesday can find more information about doing so here.


Emily Ness

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