As the summer months are fast approaching Minnesotans are itching for things to go back to normal. With COVID-19 deaths in Minnesota reaching the upper 700s, Governor Walz is taking a cautious approach to reopening the state. This Wednesday, Walz announced a slow phased plan to reopen the state of 10,000 lakes. While the Device Pitstop of Maple Grove was lucky enough to be considered essential and have stayed open during our months of quarantine, we want our customers to know when and where they can shop after stopping by our store for any repair, buying, or selling needs!
Phase 1: Retail businesses opened with a 50% capacity restriction. Salons and spas, health and wellness facilities, and restaurants must remain closed.`
Phase 2: Launching June 1st. Outdoor seating at restaurants is allowed with capacity set to 50, tables set six feet apart, tables will only allow 4-6 guests, and reservations will be required. Hair and nail salons, barbershops, and spas will be opening their doors at a 25% capacity limit, masks will be required for customers, and you can only get a service with an appointment. Churches and places of worship have a strict restriction of 10 people or less. Gyms, health, and wellness facilities still remain closed.
Phase 3: TBA on the start date. Gatherings of 20 or fewer people are now permitted. Retail stores will be able to increase their capacity while still following safety guidelines. Bars and restaurants will be able to introduce indoor seating at a 50% capacity and masks will be required for patrons. Small outdoor concerts, activities, and entertainment will be allowed with major restrictions. There is a potential opening for gyms and health facilities with capacity and distancing restrictions. Lastly, churches will allow 20 people or less inside or 100 or less for an outdoor service, masks will be required for both.
Phase 4: There is limited information on what phase 4 entails. What we do know is that the majority of Minnesota will be open during that time and for the foreseeable long term future large events such as concerts, sports games, and festivals will remain closed.
For an easy and concise follow along chart head over to https://mn.gov/covid19/for-minnesotans/stay-safe-mn/stay-safe-plan.jsp. We are excited to see our fellow Minnesota business owners reopen and to see people going back to their normal ways of life. At the Device Pitstop of Maple Grove we are here for you! Whether you break your phone, have a question about how to use your device, are thinking about upgrading or have an old laptop you are ready to part ways with- we are more than happy to help our fellow Minnesotans during these times!