The New Ulm City Council will consider closing down a section of Minnesota Street to allow downtown restaurants to reopen. Following two community meetings, city staff developed and presented a plan for bars and restaurants to safely open by extending serving areas into Minnesota Street. Minnesota Street from 1st North to Center Street and 2nd North to 3rd North would be closed on the weekends of June 5 and June 12. Both weekends, the closure would last from 5:30 p.m. Friday to Sunday night. This would allow establishments to move dine and drink service into the street adjacent to the business. All restaurants and bars that choose to participate must fence off temporary patios with a single entry and exit point. All patrons must make reservations before seating. Bars must use plastic cups and must use wristbands to ID individuals over 21. Each establishment is limited to12 tables with 6 foot distancing between them. This plan had the support of the majority of downtown business owners but will require approval from the council. New Ulm City Council meets today at 4:30 pm.

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