Restaurants reopen with limitations

The pandemic changed everything, even how Bloomington residents and visitors eat. Beginning in March, for several months, restaurants were restricted to take-out service only per the Governor’s stay-at-home order. But in June, restaurants throughout Bloomington, including Mall of America, opened up for indoor and outdoor seating. As a behind-the-scenes first step, restaurants were required to develop a COVID-19 preparedness plan to ensure employees wear face masks, stay six feet apart and remain home if they are ill.

Indoor seating is limited to 50% capacity, up to 250 people, and outdoor seating is limited to 250 people. In indoor and outdoor settings, facilities must allow for proper social distancing between parties.

To see the latest updates for restaurant guidelines or to find other related information, visit or call 952-563-8934.