The Push For The Return Of In-Person Dining In Minnesota
This past Sunday, hundreds of people gathered in Albert Lea, urging Minnesota to reopen restaurants for in-person dining after more than a month after Governor Walz put a pause on in-person dining.
Governor Walz, in a radio interview, stated he expects to provide Minnesotans with an update tomorrow or Wednesday (1/6). A couple of GOP lawmakers say that isn't good enough. They want an update today (1/4) so reataurant owners have enough lead time to get their establishments ready to open.
A Twin Cities coffee shop, The Interchange, has allowed customers for in-person dining, knowing fully well there could be legal action taken against her. She says she's had enough.
"So what, everything they're throwing at us is just not going to hold water because it is unlawful,” owner Lisa Hansen said.
Alibi Drinkery is on board with Hansen. The Minnesota Attorney General's office is aware of these violations and says these businesses could have their liquor license suspended for up to 5 years.
"They know that by defying the executive order that they're exposing their patrons, customers, and staff to a lethal illness,” Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison said. “I am constitutionally obligated to do my job.”
In a radio interview Friday, Walz says he is encouraged by the decrease in Minnesota COVID numbers.
We will all be so freakin' happy when things can finally get back to somewhat normal. Hopefully, by Spring we can start to live again. In the meantime, wear your mask and stay safe.