MLBA Responds to Reopening of In-Person Dining
St. Paul, MN — Starting this coming Monday, bars and restaurants will be allowed to reopen to indoor dining for the first time since mid-November. They’ll be limited to half capacity or a max of 150 patrons, forced to close by 10pm, and follow a number of other social distancing measures. Tony Chesak, Executive Director of the Minnesota Licensed Beverage Association, says the 50% capacity is not enough and that restaurants and bars have the ability to reopen safely with no capacity restrictions. He notes that the damage done to the industry so far has been incalculable.
To stay afloat at this 50% capacity limit, Chesak indicates that many businesses are going to have to make cuts to overhead to make ends meet for the time being.
Despite Governor Walz rolling back the dial on COVID-19 business restrictions, Chesak is afraid that any sort of setback with the coronavirus could mean another shutdown and that could be the final straw for many bars and restaurants across the state.
Since 1952, the Minnesota Licensed Beverage Association has been helping licensed beverage retailers in the state with information, resources, educational programs, and government affairs services designed to promote and protect their businesses. For more information, visit www.mlba.com.
Listen to the full interview with Tony Chesak below: