Mayor Frey responds to increase in COVID-19 cases

In response to growing a numbers of COVID-19 cases tied to businesses where people gather indoors, Mayor Frey issued Emergency Regulation No. 2020-17.

Beginning on Saturday, August 1st at 5:00 p.m., businesses must follow these regulations:

  • Bar areas within restaurants, nightclubs, and other indoor spaces of entertainment must be closed to limit the risk of patrons congregating
    • Bar areas that can be converted for seated service will be allowed as long as food and/or beverage services are provided table-side while patrons are seated
    • Counter service in bar areas is prohibited
  • Seated service outside of bar areas will be allowed in restaurants, nightclubs, and other indoor spaces of entertainment as long as food and beverage services are provided table-side while patrons are seated
  • Brewpubs, breweries, and taprooms that do not provide seated dining, but can contract with another vendor to do so, can serve dine-in meals provided both businesses:
    • follow dine-in restaurant guidance, and
    • the sale of alcohol is incidental only to the sale of food
  • All applicable spacing and capacity limitations must also be followed per Minnesota Emergency Executive Order 20-74


  • A bar area means one or more spaces in a business that is designed and use primarily for the consumption of alcohol or for providing entertainment. This space would include, and is not limited to, a dance floor area, a stage, a game room or any space that is undefined or does not provide for seated food service. Considerations may be made for outdoor sporting courts such as bocce, volleyball or similar features.
  • An indoor space of entertainment means any privately owned place wherein entertainment is offered or given to the public, whether or not a fee is charged for admission,  and whether or not liquor, food establishments licensed as a restaurant or food manufacturer which provide entertainment to the general public.
  • A nightclub means any establishment engaged in the sale of alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises, including taverns, bars, cocktail lounges and similar uses, or a use other than a seated table service dining restaurant.

A violation of this Emergency Regulation may result in a warning letter(s), administrative citation to City-licensed businesses, and/or misdemeanor prosecution. Minn. Stat. § 12.45; MCO § 1.30 and MCO § 259.250.

Questions? Contact 311 by email at or by phone at 612-673-3000. Ask for an Environmental Health supervisor.

Alternatively, you may contact your area License Inspector who can help you navigate through the new requirement and how to amend or adapt your service delivery model. If you are unsure of who your area inspector might be or do not have their contact information, feel free to contact Licenses and Consumer Services at 612.673.2080 or email

Free masks

In support of the statewide mask requirement in indoor spaces, 500,000 face masks will be distributed to businesses across the city, starting with cultural business corridors. Mask delivery will occur on Thursday, July 30 and Friday, July 31. If you do not receive masks from City Staff on these days and you would like masks, please contact Minneapolis 311 and a delivery will be scheduled.

Prevent the spread of COVID-19

The best available guidance:

  • Wear a cloth face covering when around others
  • Put distance (at least 6 feet) between yourself and other people when in public.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds
  • Cover your cough and sneeze. Cough or sneeze into the crook of your arm
  • Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands
  • Stay home when you’re sick

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