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New restrictions were installed by Gov. Tim Walz and the Minnesota Department of Health this week that affect bars, restaurants and other events. 

These new restrictions begin Friday and have been applied until the state can slow or stop the recent surge of positive COVID-19 cases in the state. 

What do you need to know about these new restrictions?

Bars and restaurants must close dine-in service at 10 p.m.

All bars and restaurants will be required to close dine-in service at 10 p.m., and indoor capacity will be capped at 150 and may not exceed 50% capacity. 

Bar counter service is also being required to shut down. The only exception is if that establishment only offers counter service.

Walz said in a press conference that 70% of COVID-19 outbreaks from June to November have been linked to weddings, private social gathering, bars and restaurants. 

Capacity limits for private events

Capacity limits for weddings, funerals and other similar events will be capped at 50 on Nov. 27. Walz said it will be capped at 25 people by Dec. 11. 

There will also be a 10 person limit for indoor and outdoor gatherings beginning on Friday.

Small business grants available

$10 million in small business grants for 1,000 businesses statewide was also announced by Walz on Tuesday. 

Walz and the Minnesota Department of Health announced a statewide COVID-19 testing expansion with locations being announced later in the week. 

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