Information on Safely Reopening

Sharing information and updates about Covid-19

The health and safety of our guests and team-members is our top priority.  In accordance with the Governor’s recommendations and following the lead of our partners with Olmsted County Public Health, Mayo Clinic, Olmsted Medical Center and the City of Rochester, we will continue to follow this rapidly evolving situation and respond accordingly with great care for our community.

Visit Rochester Ready! An initiative to ensure a safe, resilient recovery for Rochester, Minnesota.

Restaurants and Attractions

Stay Safe MN
Non-critical businesses, like retail stores and main street businesses, can be open if they have a social distancing plan in place. Additionally, the Walz-Flanagan Administration has assembled guidance on how bars, restaurants, barbershops, and salons can safely be open. On June 10, the dial turned to continue to allow Minnesotans to visit the places they know and love. At all times, the state is working to minimize health risks and ensure the safety of the employees and people inside. Across all settings, people should adhere to social distancing requirements and follow capacity limitations to reduce risks of COVID-19 exposure to keep themselves and those around them safe. For guidance, visit the Safe Reopening website.

Minnesotans are now welcome to gather outdoors with friends and family in groups of 25 or less, and indoors in groups of 10 or less with safe social distancing practices in place

Many area restaurants, coffee shops and cafes continue to offer curbside pickup and to-go ordering options. Consult directly with these businesses regarding updates to hours and availability.

Restaurants and bars can reopen for service only as long as they:

  • Have adopted and implemented a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan
  • Ensure a minimum of 6 feet of distance between tables
  • Limit on-premises capacities
  • Limit table service to 4 persons, or 6 if part of one family unit
  • Require reservations in advance
  • Workers and customers are required to wear masks at all indoor public spaces
  • Visit the Stay Safe guidance page for more details



If you are in need of a hotel room, call ahead to understand amenity options. Visit Hospitality Minnesota for up to date information. Check back soon for a new hospitality program being rolled out called Rochester Ready, showing which partners are following current Covid-19 guidelines.

We are One Rochester  

Experience Rochester: Like the rest of the world, life in Rochester as we know it, is on pause, but slowly reopening. Please contact us at for visitor information.

Destination Medical Center: Find updates for our local resources.

Downtown Rochester: Find out how our Downtown area is reopening.

Mayo Clinic: Find safe in-person and virtual care guidelines.

Mayo Civic Center

In response to Governor Tim Walz and the Minnesota Department of Health's recommendations regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and large public gatherings, the Mayo Civic Center is closed until September.

All public ticketed events are postponed or canceled. Mayo Civic Center will contact ticket holders via email when details become available. Check the website for updates on rescheduled and new events.

Keep in Touch

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