Today marks a new phase of Minnesota's 'Stay Safe MN,' as the state makes significant reductions in the COVID restrictions. Here's what's new:

Governor Walz commended residents on Friday for doing good job following health recommendations, helping to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the state.

That, along with increased vaccination rates and decreased infection and hospitalization rates, has prompted the state to 'turn back the dials' -- further loosening coronavirus restrictions in the state.

Here are changes to Minnesota's COVID-19 restrictions beginning today at Noon. Masks and social distancing are still required whenever possible.

  • Restaurants can expand capacity to 75%, with a maximum capacity of 250. Bar seating allowed for groups of no more than four people.
  • Capacity limits are being eliminated for places of worship with social distancing and masking.
  • Gyms and fitness clubs can expand capacity to 50%. Classes max attendance of 50.
  • Capacity limits are being eliminated for salons and personal services with social distancing and masking.
  • Youth Sports can have up to 50 people per pod for outdoor activities.
  • Outdoor household gatherings will be allowed for up to 50 people. No limit on number of households.
  • Indoor household gatherings will be allowed for up to 15 people. No limit on number of households.
  • Outdoor events and venues are allowed more capacity depending on the size of the venue beginning April 1st.
  • Large indoor venues can have up to 3,000 fans effective April 15th.
  • Employees can begin to work in-person again, as the “work from home” recommendation is being lifted effective April 15th.
  • Minnesota Twins games will be open for up to 10,000 fans starting on Opening Day.

Other capacity increases are being allowed at larger indoor and outdoor venues in the state, allowing anywhere between 1,500 and 10,000 people depending on venue size. You can see a detailed list of all the changes HERE.

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