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Effective today, the Minnesota Department of Health released updated guidance increasing the table size for restaurants and bars.

The guidance includes the following specific points:

  • Limits party size in dining rooms to 10 people.
  • Limits party size in bar areas to 4 persons.
  • Requires patrons in all areas to be seated.

The change to parties of 10 or fewer, while continuing to social distance at least six feet between tables, will allow restaurants more flexibility to optimize space as they serve customers. We know based on your feedback that with the weather getting colder and the holiday season approaching, this change will provide some new revenue opportunities for restaurants.