City of Winona mulls revisions to ordinances for business reopenings

City Of Winona

WINONA, Minn. (WKBT) — The city of Winona is considering revisions to ordinances, licenses and guidelines to provide the best support for bars, restaurants and other businesses as they prepare to open for outdoor/patio dining beginning June 1.
Any proposed changes will go to the city council at its next meeting on Monday, June 1. Meanwhile, restaurant owners should check the Minnesota Department of Health’s COVID-19 information portal for updated advice and guidelines, according to Winona officials.

Following the state’s announcement of the June 1 reopening date, bar and restaurant owners will be able to use any outdoor space they own. Tables need to be at least 6 feet apart and accommodate no more than four people (or six as part of a family unit). Reservations will be required, and no more than 50 people will be allowed to be seated at any one time.
The businesses will require employees to wear masks and urge patrons to wear masks.
The state has asked local governments to work with bars and restaurants on creative uses of adjacent public outdoor spaces, such as sidewalks and streets. The city of Winona does not yet have formal recommendations but will communicate them as soon as they are ready.

Meanwhile, bars and restaurants can continue providing takeout and delivery service.

Other changes and updates to the state’s Stay Safe MN order issued Wednesday include:

● Salons and barbershops can open starting June 1, operating at 25 percent capacity as determined by building fire code, with employees and customers wearing masks.
● Individual youth sports can resume, as long as they follow state health department guidelines. No team sports are allowed yet.
● Campgrounds and charter boats can open, also following state guidelines.
● Gyms remain closed.
● Gatherings of more than 10 people are still prohibited.

The Winona Fire Department is providing guidance and walk-throughs for businesses on customer capacity, flow and layout. Contact the department at (507) 457-8266.

The Stay Staf eMN order does not allow most city facilities to open yet. Facilities that normally are widely open to the public, including but not limited to the Winona Public Library, East End Rec and Lake Lodge, remain closed for now. The Parks and Recreation Department and library will begin offering some services soon.
Many departments offer virtual services; visit their websites and Facebook pages for details.