Community & Economic Development

Information and Resources for Employers and Businesses During the COVID-19 Outbreak

Governor Walz Announces "Minnesota Dialing Forward" Measures

Governor Walz announced Executive Order 21-01 (PDF), which went into effect on January 11, 2021.

Changes included in EO 21-01 are:

Bars and restaurants

  • Can open at 50 percent capacity, with a maximum of 150 people
  • Parties of no more than six people must remain six feet from other parties
  • Bar seating is open to parties of two
  • Reservations are required
  • Establishments must close by 10 p.m.

Gyms and fitness centers

  • Capacity remains capped at 25 percent, butmaximum capacity increases to 150
  • Machines and people should maintain 9 feet of distance
  • Classes increase to 25 people, assuming distancing can be observed
  • Everyone must be masked

Outdoor events and entertainment

  • Continue at 25 percent capacity, butmaximum capacity increases to 250 people
  • Social distancing is required

Indoor events and entertainment (bowling alleys, movie theaters, and museums)

  • May open at 25 percent, or no more than 150 people
  • Masks required
  • No food service after 10 p.m.

Youth and adult organized sports

  • Practice has resumed as of January 4
  • Games resume January 14 with spectators
  • Inter-region tournaments and out of state play are discouraged


  • Allowed to open January 4 for some activity and may now open, like gyms, at 25 percent capacity

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Policy for Temporary Outdoor Customer Service Areas 

To comply with Lakeville’s Policy for Temporary Outdoor Customer Service Areas, businesses:

  • Can create temporary patios in parking areas and green spaces
  • Have on-site signage and storage
  • Post limited on-site directional signage
  • Set up temporary tables, tents and sun shelters
  • Must prepare a traffic management plan
  • Provide on-site traffic and operational management


  • No city permits or fees are required to establish these temporary customer areas.
  • If the business is not the fee owner of the property, any temporary outdoor use must have written approval from the fee owner of the premises.
  • Any structure requiring state building and fire code permits must submit plans and permit applications for accelerated review by city staff.
  • Customer waiting or service areas must not impede sidewalk usage nor block disabled person parking spaces or ramps.

For Liquor License Holders 

In addition to the above requirements, if alcohol is to be consumed on the temporary outdoor customer service area, the licensee must: 

  • Submit a site plan to city staff that
    • Delineates the perimeter of the outdoor area
    • Identifies the type of barrier being used
    • Shows the patio area to be compact and contiguous to the existing building
  • Provide proof of modification to defined premises in MN liquor license liability insurance coverage


All sales and consumption of alcohol shall also be consistent with the city’s temporary policy, state statute and the Governor’s Executive Orders.



Q: If my business is serving alcohol on an existing patio (with a properly spaced configuration), do I need to submit a plan to the City?   

A: No. 

Q: If my business is NOT serving alcohol on the temporary patio, do I need to submit a plan to the City?   

A: No.  

Q: What department do I submit my revised liquor license documents to? 

A: Community and Economic Development 

Q: What department will enforce these restrictions?  

A: Violation complaints will be handled on a case-by-case basis as a code enforcement matter by the Planning Department. 

Q: Do I have to submit my COVID-19 Preparedness Plan to the City or State of Minnesota? 

A: No. Businesses are required to create a preparedness plan by Executive Order 20-56, but are not required to submit the document to city or state officials. However, the state has a right to request to see a copy of the plan at any time if violations and complaints are received.

The Community & Economic Development Department encourages quality community development and promotes well-managed residential and commercial growth that will add to the quality of life in Lakeville.

The Economic Development Commission is a citizen advisory group that updates a biannual strategic plan which employs long-term strategies to encourage business development and promote economic development in Lakeville.
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