The Restaurant business has probably been one of the most hard hit businesses during the COVID-19 shutdowns.  Even when they do open, capacity seating will be cut most likely and it will be an uphill battle for many dining establishments.

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Tomorrow Governor Tim Walz will give us the first look at what restaurants, salons and barber shops are in for when they reopen.  June 1st is the tentative date for these types of businesses to open their doors to customers for the first time in months.

If speculation in correct, restaurants will be limited to operating at only 50% capacity. Many restaurant operators claim that 75% capacity is needed to just break even, so it may be a tough road back. So, restaurants are looking for ways to increase sales.

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One idea might be to follow what Stillwater is doing.  They are allowing dining establishments to use parking lots and street parking spots to set up more tables. These spots would be used when the restaurant is at full allowed capacity.  Alcohol sales will not be allowed in the added outdoor spaces.

You have to feel for these businesses. Especially, the mom & pop local establishments where survival will be a struggle.  I'm sure take out the last months may have covered some of the bills but these places need your support more than ever when they reopen.

Another big X factor is will people feel comfortable coming out and frequenting bars and restaurants?  I guess we'll see.

Nothing has really been announced yet as far as barbers and salons go. Governor Walz is expected to make an announcement on those businesses also tomorrow.

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