Council to consider outdoor seating solutions during meeting Friday

The Bemidji City Council will meet for a special meeting tomorrow to consider recommendations from the Public Affairs Committee on the next steps for Governor Tim Walz’s “Stay Safe MN” order.

According to the agenda, the council will consider outdoor seating options for restaurants and bars, as well as consider a refund of a portion of liquor license fees.

Restaurants and bars will be allowed to offer dining again beginning June 1, but with safety precautions in place, including outdoor dining only, restaurant capacity limited to 50 patrons, dining parties of six or fewer, and spreading tables out six feet apart. Masks must be worn by employees, and customers will be strongly encouraged to wear masks except while eating and drinking.

The meeting will begin at 1 p.m. Friday, May 29.

Access and meeting information:5-29-20 CC Electronic Meeting Notice-Agenda


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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