Temporary Outdoor Dining Information
Governor Walz has approved the reopening of bars and restaurants beginning June 1 for outdoor dining only. Businesses and employers that provide food and beverages for on-site consumption, such as bars, restaurants, bakeries, grocery stores, and convenience stores, must develop and implement a COVID-19 Business Preparedness Plan that addresses key requirements of The Minnesota Department of Economic Development’s plan requirements.
The Red Wing City Council has approved temporary measures to allow Red Wing bars and eateries to host outdoor dining within the state’s guidelines.
Restaurants and bars can reopen for outdoor service only as long as they:
- Have adopted and implemented a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan
- Ensure a minimum of 6 feet of distance between tables
- Limit on-premises capacity to no more than 50 persons
- Limit table service to 4 persons, or 6 if part of one family unit
- Require reservations in advance
- Require workers to wear masks and strongly encourage masks be worn by customers
All applications are going to be approved by the Community Development Department staff instead of going before the City Council to expedite the process. Staff will review applications and work with establishments to determine the best implementation, including rerouting pedestrian foot traffic from sidewalks into barricaded parking stalls downtown where needed and making sure walkways and café access areas are ADA compliant.