Governor Walz to announce three-step timeline to end nearly all COVID-19 restrictions by May 28th

Gov. Tim Walz has announced a three-step timeline to end nearly all COVID-19 restrictions in Minnesota by May 28th, and end the statewide masking requirement once 70% of Minnesotans age 16 years and older receive their vaccine, or by July 1st.

The announcement comes as more than 2.6 million Minnesotans have received their shot, and the state is on track to vaccinate 70% of Minnesotans by the end of June.

May 7th: 

  • Removes limits for outdoor dining, events, and other get-togethers, and ends the mask requirement outdoors except at large venues with over 500 people.
  • Eliminates the state-established mandatory closing time for bars, restaurants, and food and beverage service at other places of public accommodation.

May 28th:

  • Face coverings indoors and for outdoor events that exceed 500 people.
  • There will be no new safety requirements for businesses, though they must maintain their plans to keep their employees and customers safe, as they have from the beginning of the pandemic, guided only by a minimal universal state guidance document.

70% with at least one dose of vaccine or July 1st: 

  • The remaining face covering requirement and the requirement for preparedness plans will end. Local jurisdictions and entities may set their own mask policies.

Because children are not yet eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, the Governor announced that the Safe Learning Plan for schools will continue until the end of the school year to protect students, teachers, and staff in schools.