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City of Rochester Mayor Norton Amends Emergency Order to Support Local Bars and Restaurants

Post Date:05/26/2020 1:49 PM

On June 1, 2020 Minnesota is moving to Phase II of the StaySafe Minnesota Plan, which, in part, allows restaurants and bars to serve customers outdoors. At 10:00 a.m. on May 26, 2020, Mayor Norton signed an amendment to the existing Local Emergency Order to include provisions that allow restaurants and bars to add or expand outdoor seating for the duration of this declaration.   

Under the amendment the City Clerk, City Administrator, Public Works Director and City Attorney are authorized to work with existing valid liquor license holders and restaurants licensed through the Olmsted County Health Department to include or expand outdoor seating on the premises.

The City of Rochester thanks Destination Medical Center, Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce and Rochester Downtown Alliance for their guidance, leadership and ongoing engagement on this topic.

Mayor Kim Norton said, "Our local small businesses are the cornerstone of our community. We are committed to supporting their efforts to reopen and rebound from the closure with creative and streamlined supports. We also continued to keep a focus on the health and safety of our entire community."

City teammates are working with local establishments to identify opportunities to safety expand their outdoor seating. The executive order provides a greater amount of flexibility in how City teammates can work with establishment to maintain a safe environment, while creatively addressing the parameters set forth by Governor Walz. 

Businesses seeking to expand their outdoor presence can start the process by completing a short online application at that will be available on May 27, 2020. For businesses looking to expand into the public right-of-way, there will also be a station set up at the corner of 1st Avenue and Historic 3rd Street to finalize the agreements needed for that space on Thursday, May 28, 2020 from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and on Friday, May 29, 2020 from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

The amendment to the emergency declaration will be brought to the City Council for ratification during a special meeting on May 27, 2020.