Compliance Checks on Bars & Restaurants Starting Today
APPLE VALLEY CHAMBER NOTE: This morning we received a notice from the MN Dept. of Health which states that starting TODAY, they will be conducting COMPLIANT CHECKS ON RESTAURANTS, BARS and LARGE GATHERING PLACES SUCH AS BANQUET HALLS. Establishments risk fines and/or losing their liquor licenses. They will be checking both employees as well as customers, social distancing, masks, Covid 19 Restaurant Plan etc. They also plan to make violations public. See complete notice below.
- Investigators with the DPS Alcohol and Gambling Enforcement Division will specifically be looking for employees and customers violating mask requirements, adherence to social distancing, tables less than six feet apart, party size limits of four per table or six if immediate family members, signs communicating face covering requirements, reservation protocols, employee health screening protocols and establishments serving to more than 50 percent capacity. Violations could lead to fines or loss of an establishment liquor license.
- MDH is working in conjunction with DPS and DLI on these investigations. Findings of noncompliance may result in MDH ordering the establishment to close or issuing fines. In addition to these increased compliance efforts, MDH continues to investigate complaints regarding violations of executive orders in hospitality businesses, which may also include closure of the establishment and fines.
- DLI is also working with DPS and MDH on these investigations. Noncompliance that presents potential worker safety or health hazards will be referred to Minnesota OSHA Compliance at DLI. Minnesota OSHA will assess referrals and determine how to best respond, including conducting a workplace investigation which may result in citations, penalties or temporary closure orders.
- A summary of the findings will be publicly available.
- Businesses in Minnesota are required to create and implement a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan that follows guidelines based on their specific industry. Plan templates and guidelines can be found at the Stay Safe Minnesota website.
- Minnesota Department of Public Safety Alcohol and Gambling Enforcement Division, call 651-201-7510.
- Minnesota Department of Health: For questions about COVID-19 and guidance for businesses, call 651-297-1304.
- Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry: For workplace safety and health questions, call Minnesota OSHA at 651-284-5050 or email [email protected].