What does the governor's timeline to end COVID-10 restrictions mean?

On May 6, Governor Tim Walz announced a three-step timeline to end nearly all state COVID-19 restrictions by May 28, and end the statewide masking requirement once 70 percent of Minnesotans age 16 years and older get their vaccine, or by July 1. 

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.
  • There will be no new safety requirements for businesses, though they must maintain their plans to keep their employees and customers safe – as they have from the beginning of the pandemic – guided only by a minimal universal state guidance document.

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.

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1. What does the governor's timeline to end COVID-10 restrictions mean?
2. What City facilities are open to the public? What facilities are closed?
3. Do I have to wear a mask in Hopkins?
4. Can I expect the same level of service from City departments during the pandemic?
5. How can I stay informed about City actions?
6. Where can I find the most up-to-date information about the COVID-19 situation in Minnesota?
7. How can I participate in a City Council meeting?
8. What can I do to protect myself and the community?
9. What should I do if I have experienced or witnessed COVID-discrimination?
10. Am I being targeted by a COVID-related scam?