Sports Minneapolis COVID-19 Resources

At Sports Minneapolis, we are still hard at work, dedicated to bringing sporting events to the Minneapolis area for the benefit of our community when the time is right. Our staff monitors the daily developments around the spread of COVID-19 and is committed to providing up-to-date information on how it is affecting the city, our partners and clients. We continue to update this section and resources as we receive new information about visiting Minneapolis.

Updated: April 12, 2021

Current Status

  • Minnesota Governor Tim Walz's Stay Safe Plan provides a set of phases for the safe reopening in a number of settings. Minnesota is currently in Phase III.
  • Governor Walz's Executive Order 21-11 allows for larger social gatherings and increased capacities at restaurants, bars, fitness centers, gyms, pools, salons/barbers and entertainment venues. As of April 1, occupant capacity at large venues is set at 1,500 people at non-seated indoor venues, 3,000 people at seated indoor venues and 10,000 people at outdoor venues. See below for further detail. For more information, go here
  • Governor Walz's Executive Order 20-81 requires people in Minnesota 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.
  • Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey is currently requiring individuals to cover their nose and mouth with a mask or cloth face covering in accordance with CDC guidance when in Minneapolis indoor spaces where people gather, including retail stores, government buildings, schools and recreation centers. This applies to individuals who are over age two and able to medically tolerate a face covering.

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State - Minnesota

Sports Minneapolis is operating in accordance to guidelines set by the State of Minnesota. To keep up-to-date and learn more about what Minnesota is doing to keep visitors safe at a state level, please visit the following resources:

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City-Specific Information

Sports Minneapolis is operating in accordance to guidelines set by the City of Minneapolis. To keep up-to-date and learn more about what Minneapolis and our metro area are doing to keep visitors safe at the city level, please visit the following resources:

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Stadiums & Arenas

As of April 1, venues with occupant capacity greater than 500 may increase patron count based on the type of venue:

- Seated indoor venues may operate with an additional 15% of the capacity above 500, with a maximum capacity not to exceed 3,000 for the entire venue (must have assigned seating)
- Non-seated indoor venues may operate with an additional 10% of the capacity above 500, with a maximum capacity not to exceed 1,500 for the entire venue
- Seated outdoor venues may operate with an additional 25% of the capacity above 500, with a maximum capacity not to exceed 10,000 for the entire venue (must have assigned seating)
- Non-seated outdoor venues may operate with an additional 15% of the capacity above 500, with a maximum capacity not to exceed 10,000 for the entire venue

To keep up-to-date and learn more about the status of major Minnesota stadiums and arenas, please visit the following resources:

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Minneapolis Convention Center

The MCC is following the recommendations by the Minnesota Department of Health, the Governor of Minnesota and the Mayor of Minneapolis. As of April 1, occupant capacity for events at the MCC will depend on the type of event:

- Seated indoor events may operate with an additional 15% of the capacity above 500, with a maximum capacity not to exceed 3,000 for the entire venue (must have assigned seating)
- Non-seated indoor events may operate with an additional 10% of the capacity above 500, with a maximum capacity not to exceed 1,500 for the entire venue
- Seated outdoor events may operate with an additional 25% of the capacity above 500, with a maximum capacity not to exceed 10,000 for the entire venue (must have assigned seating)
- Non-seated outdoor events may operate with an additional 15% of the capacity above 500, with a maximum capacity not to exceed 10,000 for the entire venue

Food service at indoor events must end at 11 p.m. The MCC continues to be a Minnesota Department of Health COVID-19 Community Testing and Vaccination Site.



Spectators

As of April 1, venues with occupant capacity greater than 500 may increase spectator count based on the type of venue:

- Seated indoor events may operate with an additional 15% of the capacity above 500, with a maximum capacity not to exceed 3,000 for the entire venue (must have assigned seating)
- Non-seated indoor events may operate with an additional 10% of the capacity above 500, with a maximum capacity not to exceed 1,500 for the entire venue
- Seated outdoor events may operate with an additional 25% of the capacity above 500, with a maximum capacity not to exceed 10,000 for the entire venue (must have assigned seating)
- Non-seated outdoor events may operate with an additional 15% of the capacity above 500, with a maximum capacity not to exceed 10,000 for the entire venue

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Hotels

Minneapolis hotel properties are prioritizing cleanliness and safety for their guests. For individual policies, please check out their web pages.

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MSP International Airport

The Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport has has earned two major industry cleaning and safety facility accreditations - GBAC STAR and Airport Health - as part of its robust effort to minimize the spread of the COVID-19 virus and combat future health threats. MSP's Travel Confidently program is a thorough, multi-layered cleaning and sanitization regimen, and requires face coverings, promotes social distancing, provides hundreds of hand sanitizing dispensers, has built and installed hundreds of Plexiglass shields at customer interaction points, allows for touchless food and beverage ordering and payment, and offers touchless parking through its online, pre-booked reservation program.

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Mass Transit

Metro Transit is supporting efforts by regularly disinfecting vehicles and busy boarding areas, encouraging employees who feel ill to stay home and adapting service levels to make the most of limited resources. Face coverings are required to be worn on all Metro Transit buses and trains.

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Restaurants & Bars

Under Executive Order 21-11, restaurants, bars and other places of public accommodation offering food and beverages are currently allowed to be open for indoor dining at 75% capacity up to a maximum of 250 patrons, with required reservations, up to six people per table (four people in bar seating) with a six-foot distance between tables, and a mandatory closing time of no later than 11 p.m. The limits apply separately indoors and outdoors. Many restaurants and bars are offering delivery, takeout, window service, walk-up service, drive-thru or drive-up service. As of April 1, restaurants and bars with sufficient normal capacity may exceed 250 people per applicable percentage limits.

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Visitor Center

The Meet Minneapolis Visitor Center is currently closed. Visitor Services staff are available during business hours by phone, email and through social media:

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Other Helpful Resources

To ensure you are reading the most accurate and up-to-date news regarding COVID-19, follow the CDC’s updates on cdc.gov or their social channels (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube).

If you have health questions about COVID-19, the Minnesota Department of Health offers a specific COVID-19 hotline: 651-201-3920 (8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Central Time).