More local businesses open
More local businesses are planning to re-open in the Minneota Business District following Gov. Walz’s Executive Order 20-56 last Wednesday afternoon stating that some non-essential businesses could open on Monday, May 18.
Five Minneota downtown businesses have said they will resume operations after being shutdown since mid-March.
“I’m planning to resume my normal hours,” said Jenny Buysse of J’s Dreams. “We will continue to have appointment hours as well.”
J’s Dream will be open on Wednesdays from 5-7 p.m. and Saturday from 9-noon.
Nadine Kor of Hometown Kitchen & Bath announced that she will be opening to their usual summer hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday thru Friday, and Saturdays by appointment only.
B Lenore re-opened on Wednesday, May 20. Owner Beth Buysse said she would resume normal business hours after that; Wednesdays from 5-7 p.m. and Saturday 9-noon and by appointment.
Mary Louise Vintiques will now be open on Thursdays from 1-6 p.m., said owner Carla Thompson.
And This & That Recreated re-opened on Tuesday, May 19 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Shirley Gladis, who owns and operates the business, will be open Tuesday thru Friday from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m.-noon.
One More Time Thrift Store has not made any announcement on re-opening yet, said Barb Guttormsson. Their staff will meet soon to decide if and when the store will open.
Public libraries and museums must remain shut down until June 1.
Restaurants, bars, hair and nail salons, fitness centers and movie theaters are among the businesses still not allowed to re-open.
What can be open:
All retail stores, malls and other businesses that sell, rent, maintain and repair goods can be open beginning on May 18, as long as they: (a) Have adopted and implemented a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan, including social distancing guidelines for workers and customers. (b) Allow no more than 50% of the establishment’s occupant capacity inside at any time.
In addition, all industrial and office-based settings that have previously been allowed to reopen can continue operations and are also permitted to open co-located retail facilities following the same restrictions identified in Executive Order 20-56.
Other types of businesses that can reopen or engage in commerce under Executive Order 20-56 include household services (such as house cleaning, piano tuning and auto detailing) drive-in activities where people remain in their vehicles (including movies, music or comedy), and photography and videography.
What can’t be open:
Barber shops, hair and nail salons, tattoo parlors, spas and massage settings and other businesses that require prolonged close physical contact between people pose a higher risk for spreading COVID-19 and are still prohibited from providing in-person services. These establishments can continue to provide curbside or outdoor pick-up or delivery of retail goods.
Restaurants and bars remain limited to curbside or outdoor pick-up and delivery; in-person dining anywhere on the business premises is still prohibited.
Gyms and fitness centers are still prohibited from opening.
Other places of public amusement, such as museums, zoos, concerts, race tracks, auctions, bowling alleys, and indoor event venues are still prohibited from opening.