County Board approves expansion of serving areas for liquor license holders

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Kevin Z. Gray
County Administrator




May 27, 2020

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County Board vote makes it easier for licensed bars/restaurants to temporarily expand outdoor serving areas

The St. Louis County Board has unanimously approved a resolution that makes it easier for bars and restaurants to expand their outdoor serving area during the COVID-19 pandemic. The measure applies to those businesses that are licensed by the county for on-sale liquor sales. 


The resolution grants temporary authority to the county's Liquor License Committee to approve requests for expanded outdoor service, This will streamline the process for bars and restaurants to serve alcohol in expanded outdoor areas in compliance with the governor's latest executive order. Normally the process can take up to 45 days. The Liquor License Committee will meet May 29 to review any applications received to date.


Executive order 20-56 allows restaurants and bars to reopen for outdoor service beginning next Monday, June 1. But to do so, establishments must adopt and implement a COVID-19 preparedness plan consistent with Minnesota Department of Health guidelines, in addition to submitting a physical layout diagram to the licensing committee. Plans can be emailed to


St. Louis County currently licenses 91 on-sale liquor businesses that would be eligible to apply for expanded outdoor service area.