LF approves emergency order to help local businesses expand operations

30 May 2020

Business, Economic Development, Community

The Little Falls City Council held a special meeting Thursday, to approve an emergency ordinance that will help businesses create space for outdoor sales starting June 1.

The ordinance was created in response to executive order 20-63 set by Gov. Tim Walz to slowly reopen the state in an attempt to limit the spread of COVID-19.

By June 1, bars and restaurants will be allowed to open beyond takeout orders, hosting no more than 50 people in an outdoor dining setting, with tables six feet apart. Customers will be required to make reservations and limited to four people per table, six if all patrons are family members.

With Walz’ declaration, a problem surfaced: many businesses do not normally operate or have access to outdoor space. Walz looked to cities to work with their taxpaying businesses to find a solution.

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