In these uncertain times where information is changing rapidly, the Pine Island Area Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to assisting our members and supporting our community.
Step one takes place at noon on May 7
It includes initial steps to relax some restrictions, primarily in outdoor settings; Removes limits for outdoor dining, events, and other get-togethers, and ends the mask requirement outdoors except at large venues with over 500 people; Eliminates the state-established mandatory closing time for bars, restaurants, and food and beverage service at other places of public accommodation.
The second step begins on May 28
Remaining capacity and distancing limits will come to an end, including for indoor events and gatherings. The requirements that will remain include; Face coverings indoors and for outdoor events that exceed 500 people; Businesses and other venues must have plans that keep their employees and customers safe – as they have from the beginning of the pandemic – guided only by a minimal universal state guidance document that includes no new requirements.
The third step takes place once 70 percent of Minnesotans age 16 years and older – 3,087,404 Minnesotans – get at least one dose of the vaccine, but no later than July 1; The remaining face covering requirement and the requirement for preparedness plans will end. Work on vaccines will continue, and local jurisdictions and entities may set their own mask policies.