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  • In Minnesota, the vaccine rollout is one of the best in the nation. More than 40,000 shots are going into arms each day, and as of March 12, 2021, nearly 1.2 million Minnesota have received at least one dose of vaccine. Learn more on our vaccine page
  • The data shows us that new cases are down from their peak, hospitalizations are declining, and fewer people are dying of COVID-19. We remain cautious and vigilant to protect the progress we’ve made, but we can see it and feel it now more than ever – we are beating COVID-19. 
  • We can now take more common-sense steps toward “back to normal.” With the impact of vaccines taking hold, it is becoming safer to gather with family and friends, and to support small businesses. These adjustments reflect that reality and give us hope that we are on the cusp putting the pandemic behind us. See details on the Stay Safe Plan.
 
Life is slowly returning to normal as vaccine eligibility expands and supply of doses increases. Social activity and family visits are coming back in long-term care facilities; cases among teachers and educators have been stable even as so many students are back in the classroom; vaccinated grandparents can safely hug their grandchildren again. But COVID-19 is still with us, and we need to be mindful and safe. Here’s how we’re keeping things in balance as we take the next steps. 
 
 
 



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We’re supporting well-being by making it easier to gather with friends and family.


  • Up to 50 people can gather outdoors or 15 people for indoors, both without household limits.
  • Religious services and celebrations no longer have any percentage or overall occupancy restrictions. But social distancing is still required.
  • All venues can open at 50% capacity up to 250 people. Venues with capacity over 500 can add additional guests, effective April 1:
    • Seated outdoor venues can add an additional 25% of their capacity over 500, with a limit of 10,000 people.
    • Non-seated outdoor venues can add an additional 15% of their capacity over 500, with a limit of 10,000 people.
    • Seated indoor venues can add an additional 15% of their capacity over 500, with a limit of 3,000 people.
    • Non-seated indoor venues can add an additional 10% of their capacity over 500, with a limit of 1,500 people.

We’re keeping our economy afloat by supporting small businesses and their workers.

  • Bars and restaurants are increasing allowable occupancy to 75%, up from 50%, with a limit of 250 people. The limits apply separately indoors and outdoors. Bar seating increases to parties of 4; table seating to parties of 6.
  • Salons and barbershops no longer have any percentage or overall occupancy restrictions. Social distancing is still required.
  • Gyms, fitness centers, and pools are increasing allowable occupancy to 50%, up from 25%. Outdoor classes can increase to 50 people.
  • Entertainment venues are increasing allowable occupancy to 50%, up from 25%, both indoors and outdoors, with a limit of 250.

We’re controlling the spread of the virus, protecting hospitals, and minimizing deaths and long-term health impacts from COVID-19.

  • We’re asking Minnesotans to keep wearing masks. We know that masks work.
  • Please continue to socially distance. Even though restrictions are loosening, venues are still required to maintain 6 feet of distance between guests to reduce the spread of the virus.
  • Gyms, fitness centers, and pools are increasing allowable occupancy to 50%, up from 25%. Outdoor classes can increase to 50 people.
  • We’re continuing to keep the COVID-19 response in Minnesota robust by taking precautions against the spread of the virus in our communities. Get tested if you feel ill. Download the COVIDawareMN smartphone app to get notified if you’ve been exposed to someone who tests positive. And sign up for the Vaccine Connector to help you find out when, where, and how you can get your vaccine.

The workplace is also slowly returning to normal. We are not yet ready to have all employees come back – workplaces should continue to allow work from home, as the State of Minnesota will continue to do, for now. But as more Minnesotans are vaccinated, and as we near the end of the pandemic, it is time begin to change our approach. Effective April 15, work from home will be strongly recommended for those who can, but not required. All employers should continue to accommodate employees who wish to work from home.

One year ago we embarked on what would become perhaps the most difficult year in history: thousands lost to COVID-19; a virus that closed schools and businesses; a global pandemic that made us give up so much to keep each other safe. But every long, dark, cold winter comes to an end. And so, too, will this pandemic.

Read Executive Order 21-11

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