Food Establishment Notice: State-wide Compliance Checks Starting August 28

food digest

September 1, 2020

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Compliance checks at restaurants and bars

The Minnesota Departments of Public Safety (DPS), Health (MDH), and Labor and Industry (DLI) announced recently that teams from the state will conduct increased compliance checks at bars and restaurants throughout Minnesota (including establishments in Hennepin County's licensed areas).

These compliance checks started on August 28, 2020 and will continue over the next several weeks. These visits will focus on compliance with Executive Order 20-74, Executive Order 20-54 and Executive Order 20-81, which promote public health and address worker safety and health during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This additional enforcement is in response to complaints received about bars and restaurants not following the statewide requirements for employee and customer face coverings, social distancing, spacing customers at tables or bars less than six feet apart, and serving more customers than the establishment’s 50 percent capacity.

View the bulletin for this announcement and learn what establishments can expect.

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Food Digest is a newsletter written by inspectors from Hennepin
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