Community & Economic Development
Information and Resources for Employers and Businesses During the COVID-19 Outbreak
Governor Walz Adjusts Limitations on Businesses and Activities Starting February 13, 2021
Starting Saturday, February 13, 2021 at 12 p.m. the following changes went into effect:
- The cap on bars and restaurants will move up to 250 people inside and 250 outside, with an occupancy limit of no more than 50% of established capacity.
- Onsite dining hours are extended to 11 p.m., for any establishment that serves food. Takeout may occur after 11 p.m.
- Indoor seated and non-seated entertainment occupancy limits expand to 250 people in each separate area, with a total max of 1,250 people, while maintaining social distancing. Food and beverage consumption is extended to 11 p.m.
- Outdoor entertainment food and beverage consumption is extended to 11 p.m.
- Private wedding, funeral, celebrations and parties will have an occupancy limit of 25%, up to a max. of 50 people with social distancing. These events may not occur between 11 p.m. and 4 a.m.
- Gyms, fitness centers and pools expand to 250 at 25% capacity. Social distancing at 6 feet.
For more information, please review the guidance documents on staysafe.mn.gov.
Policy for Temporary Outdoor Customer Service Areas
To comply with Lakeville’s Policy for Temporary Outdoor Customer Service Areas, businesses:
- Can create temporary patios in parking areas and green spaces
- Have on-site signage and storage
- Post limited on-site directional signage
- Set up temporary tables, tents and sun shelters
- Must prepare a traffic management plan
- Provide on-site traffic and operational management
- No city permits or fees are required to establish these temporary customer areas.
- If the business is not the fee owner of the property, any temporary outdoor use must have written approval from the fee owner of the premises.
- Any structure requiring state building and fire code permits must submit plans and permit applications for accelerated review by city staff.
- Customer waiting or service areas must not impede sidewalk usage nor block disabled person parking spaces or ramps.
For Liquor License Holders
In addition to the above requirements, if alcohol is to be consumed on the temporary outdoor customer service area, the licensee must:
- Submit a site plan to city staff that
- Delineates the perimeter of the outdoor area
- Identifies the type of barrier being used
- Shows the patio area to be compact and contiguous to the existing building
- Provide proof of modification to defined premises in MN liquor license liability insurance coverage
All sales and consumption of alcohol shall also be consistent with the city’s temporary policy, state statute and the Governor’s Executive Orders.
Q: If my business is serving alcohol on an existing patio (with a properly spaced configuration), do I need to submit a plan to the City?
Q: If my business is NOT serving alcohol on the temporary patio, do I need to submit a plan to the City?
Q: What department do I submit my revised liquor license documents to?
A: Community and Economic Development
Q: What department will enforce these restrictions?
A: Violation complaints will be handled on a case-by-case basis as a code enforcement matter by the Planning Department.
Q: Do I have to submit my COVID-19 Preparedness Plan to the City or State of Minnesota?
A: No. Businesses are required to create a preparedness plan by Executive Order 20-56, but are not required to submit the document to city or state officials. However, the state has a right to request to see a copy of the plan at any time if violations and complaints are received.
The Economic Development Commission is a citizen advisory group that updates a biannual strategic plan which employs long-term strategies to encourage business development and promote economic development in Lakeville.