MN restaurant closures extended 5 more weeks. What ‘Stay at Home’ means for getting food and liquor. 

If you’re wondering if you will still be able to shop for groceries, order takeout and buy liquor as part of the upcoming “Stay At Home” order, the answer is yes. Now for the devastating news: restaurants and bar closures have been extended for an additional five weeks.

On Wednesday, Gov. Tim Walz issued a “Stay At Home” executive order starting at 11:59 p.m. Friday and running through April 10. As part of it, residents are to stay home with the exception of essential tasks or going to work at an essential business.

Food and beverage providers are deemed essential services and grocery stores, farmers markets, food banks, convenience stores, bakeries as well as take-out and delivery from restaurants will still be allowed.

Liquor stores will also be allowed to remain open. While cocktail rooms and taprooms are now closed, they continue to abide by the same licensing rules as they had prior to the pandemic. That means distilleries can continue to sell a 375-milliliter bottle of spirits per customer per day to go. Breweries that had been selling crowlers and growlers for customers to take home can continue to do so.

However, Wednesday’s announcement came with a big blow to the already hard hit restaurant and bar industry when Walz announced the state was extending the date for restaurant and bar closures to 5 p.m. May 1, an additional five weeks than was previously ordered. Dine-in will continue to be banned while take out and delivery services will still allowed.

Last week, bars and restaurants were ordered to close dine-in services starting at 5 p.m. on April 17 and running through 5 p.m. March 27.

In total, restaurants would be closed for nearly seven weeks due to state mandates relating to the coronavirus.

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