Minneapolis, St. Paul requiring proof of COVID vaccination for restaurants, bars

By FOX 9 Staff Published January 12, 2022 2:21PM

Updated 10:42PMMinneapolisFOX 9

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Minneapolis and St. Paul will start requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test at places where people eat and drink including restaurants, bars, and entertainment venues.

MINNEAPOLIS (FOX 9) – Minneapolis and St. Paul officials provided an update on each cities’ response to addressing the recent increase in COVID-19 cases during a virtual press conference Wednesday, 

Mayors Jacob Frey and Melvin Carter announced their respective cities would institute a proof of vaccination or negative test taken within 72 hours for customers at all places where food and/or drink is sold or served indoors for consumption, effective Jan. 19, 2022. The emergency regulation includes ticketed stadium events, but schools and hospitals are exempt.  A moratorium for the regulation was not provided. 

“Data is exceedingly clear that more is needed to keep our cities safe,” Frey said during the announcement. “This is a critical next step to avoid closures. We want to stay open, but we want to stay safer… This is the next best step for employees and visitors to stay safe.”