GOVENOR ISSUES SHUTDOWNS OF CERTAIN PLACES OF PUBLIC ACCOMODATIONS –  How does the recent shutdowns effect our member’s businesses?

On Wednesday, November 18, 2020, Governor Tim Walz announced a dialing back of public activities in response to the growing numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths in Minnesota. The Governor issued Executive Order 20-99. See the complete executive order here.

Under this executive order, certain Places of Public Accommodation are closed to members of the public. The Places of Public Accommodation include restaurants, food courts, cafes, coffeehouses, bars, taverns, wineries, and other places of public accommodations offering food, beverages and tobacco products for on-premises consumption.

If your convenience store offers areas where food and beverages can be consumed on-premises, those areas must be closed to prevent access by the public. Theses convenience stores are encouraged to offer food and beverages as a walk-up service.

If your convenience store does not offer on-premises consumption of food and beverages, the convenience store is not considered to be a Place of Public Accommodation and no parts of the business are required to be closed to members of the public.

This portion of the executive order goes into effect Friday, November 20, 2020 at 11:59 pm through Friday, December 18, 2020 at 11:59 pm.

Any questions, please call the Association office at (800) 864-3813.