Mayor Jacob Frey has signed emergency regulation 2022-5 updating requirements for proof of full vaccination or negative tests before entering an establishment that serves food or drink in Minneapolis. The updates:
- Change the testing age from 2 to 5.
- Strike the OSHA reference to align with yesterday’s Supreme Court action.
- Add definitions of proof of a completed vaccination series or negative test.
- Clarify conditions and expectations for ending the regulation.
Starting Jan. 19, everyone entering an establishment that serves food or drink in Minneapolis must show proof of either being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or having a negative PCR or antigen test taken within three days. For ticketed events, the requirement becomes effective Jan. 26.
COVID-19 vaccines dramatically reduce the likelihood of serious complications from COVID and have been shown in recent studies to reduce spread by people who don’t have symptoms. Complementing the Jan. 6 requirement for wearing masks in most public places, this emergency regulation aims to protect residents and workers, reduce pressure on hospitals, and help keep schools and businesses open.
“The recent surge in cases is overwhelming our hospitals and the data is clear that more is needed to keep our city safe and open while we weather this highly contagious variant,” said Mayor Jacob Frey. “This is an important opportunity to continue supporting your favorite local businesses and restaurants, knowing fellow patrons are either vaccinated or have tested negative. We all have a role in helping curb this surge in cases and keeping our city moving forward.”
“Our community transmission rate now exceeds 1,300 people infected per 100,000,” said Interim Health Commissioner Heidi Ritchie. “This is in contrast to a rate of just over 300 cases per 100,000 in mid-December. The high transmissibility of the omicron variant has led to record-level case rates, a surge in hospitalizations, and a crisis in the healthcare system. Today’s announcement is another step to building an immunity wall in our city.”
“Minneapolis is only back to about half of seated diners from pre-pandemic levels after more than 1,700 businesses had to close in 2020,” said Director of Economic Policy & Development Erik Hansen. “We have to learn how to operate during the pandemic. This regulation helps to protect the health of business owners, workers and patrons alike while keeping restaurants and other places that serve food and beverages open throughout our city.”
Businesses and people covered by the order
This vaccine mandate applies to places that serve food or drink including:
- Indoor restaurant spaces, coffee shops, cafes within larger spaces (for example, museum cafes, gyms).
- Sports venues that serve food or drink for onsite consumption.
- Entertainment venues such as theaters and bowling alleys that serve food or drink for onsite consumption.
- Conventions (if food is being served), catering halls and food courts (if the area is exclusive to a specific restaurant).
Exceptions include children under age 5, who cannot be tested easily for COVID-19; athletes, performers and supporting staff (such as coaches, trainers, road crew) competing or performing at any space of public accommodation; K-12 and early childcare settings; hospitals; congregate care facilities or other residential or healthcare facilities; locations that provide takeout service only; food or drink as part of a religious practice; outdoor spaces; grocery stores, convenience stores and other establishments that primarily sell food and other articles for offsite use except in seated dining areas within those stores; and soup kitchens and other sites serving vulnerable populations (e.g., People Serving People).
People should call 311 to report violations.
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Everyone in Minneapolis businesses and areas of public accommodation must also wear a mask as of Jan. 6. Mayor Jacob Frey signed emergency regulation No. 2022-1 reinstating the citywide mask policy, which requires patrons, employees and visitors to wear a mask in businesses and places of public accommodation. Find more information about the mask requirement on the City website.