Ada City Administrator Comments on Possibility of Businesses Defying Governor’s Orders
By Mark Askelson firstname.lastname@example.org (12/16/20)
UPDATE: ARC Lanes in Ada will not be reopening for in-person dining, but will continue with take-out only. Main Street Bar also no longer plans to reopen at this time.
Ada, MN — As many as 150 or more businesses across the state of Minnesota could be reopening over the next few days in defiance of Governor’s Executive Orders banning indoor dining, movie theaters, bowling alleys, gyms, and entertainment venues. It’s an effort being spearheaded by the ReOpen Minnesota Coalition, but it’s leaving city and county governments in a precarious situation on how to enforce those who violate the order. Ada City Administrator Ashley Larson didn’t know one way or the other if any Ada businesses intends to violate the order and reopen, but if there was it would be up to the council to decide whether or not to enforce the law.
Last week the Boardwalk Bar and Grill in East Grand Forks defied orders and opened to indoor dining for two days before their liquor license was eventually suspended, but East Grand Forks police refused to arrest the owner or stop them from operating. According to the ReOpen Minnesota Coalition, two businesses in Norman County had originally planned to reopen despite the Governor’s orders, but at this point are no longer planning on reopening.