COVID-19 Related Updates: What You Need to Know

Updates about COVID-19 related protocols in place to help you safely visit Saint Paul with confidence. We continually monitor and assess any new developments and will make updates as new information becomes available.

Last update: Jan. 11, 2021

The health and safety of Saint Paul’s visitors and residents are of utmost importance. The Minnesota Department of Health is leading the state and city preparedness and information dissemination. For detailed information from the Minnesota Department of Health, click here.

We encourage visitors to follow the guidance of the CDC and health professionals to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses. Please practice physical distancing, wear a facial covering in public spaces, wash hands frequently and stay home when sick.

Local businesses have taken the Ready Together Pledge, demonstrating their commitment to the health and well-being of Saint Paul's residents and visitors - see which businesses have already taken the pledge.

What is open:

Minnesota's Stay Safe Plan outlines guidelines for safe reopening of activities within the state. Find the details below. 

Please note that while most businesses are allowed to open with specific guidelines, it is a good idea to check their reopening status as you’re making plans.

  • Restaurants: Effective January 11, indoor and outdoor dining at restaurants and bars are open at 50% capacity with a maximum of 150 people. Parties of no more than six people must remain six feet from other parties, bar seating is open to parties of two, reservations are required and establishments must close between 10 p.m. and 4 a.m. Many restaurants are offering outdoor dining and curbside pick-up. List of dine-in, take-out and curbside pick-up.

  • Retail: Retail businesses are open at full capacity. List of retail openings.
  • Attractions and Entertainment: Effective January 11, event and entertainment venues can open at 25% capacity with social distancing (maximum of 250 people in an area). This includes theatres, concert halls, museums, bowling alleys and arcades. Masks are required. No food service after 10pm. List of attraction and entertainment openingsMany attractions are also offering virtual tours and programs that you can enjoy online. 

  • Outdoor Recreation Activities & Facilities:  Parks, trails, open spaces, dog parks, and athletic fields remain open following the DNR’s Guidance and Saint Paul Parks & Rec Guidelines, which include 6 ft social distancing. Outdoor gatherings should be limited to 15 people max.
  • Outdoor Events & Entertainment: Effective January 11, outdoor events can open at 25% capacity with no more than 250 people and social distancing. Masks are recommended, but not required.
  • Salons and Barbershops: Personal services, such as salons, tattoo parlors, and barbershops, are open at 50% capacity with reservations required.
  • Indoor Religious Services: Indoor religious services, including weddings and funerals, are permitted at 50% capacity and a maximum of 250 people.  
  • Reception/Event Spaces: Effective January 11, wedding receptions and other private parties may resume with limits. If food and drink are served then, they are limited to two households or 10 people indoors and 3 households or 15 people outdoors. If there is no food or drink, they are covered by indoor event venue guidelines.
  • Fitness Facilities:  Gyms, personal fitness facilities, yoga studios and martial arts may open at 25% capacity, with a maximum of 150.
  • Social Gatherings: Indoor social gatherings have a 10 person limit of two households or less, including the host. Outdoor social gatherings have a 15 person limit, from three households or less. 

Review the full Stay Safe Plan.

What you need to know:

  • Social distancing guidelines are in place. 
  • Effective Friday, July 24, the state of Minnesota requires people to wear a face-covering in all public indoor spaces and businesses, unless alone. Additionally, workers are required to wear a face-covering when working outdoors in situations where social distancing cannot be maintained. Children between the ages of 2 and 5 years old are not required to wear face-coverings, but are encouraged to wear a face-covering when in public.
  • In Saint Paul, facemasks are required inside any businesses or city facilities (including parks and outdoor public spaces) at all times when social distancing of at least 6 ft is not maintained. This applies to individuals who are over age two and able to medically tolerate a face covering.
  • Contactless payment is preferred.


Additional COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Resources:

The City is sending regular email updates about the City’s response to COVID-19. Please subscribe to their COVID-19 bulletin for up-to-date information.

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