The hospitality industry in Minnesota is projected to have lost $15 billion over the course of the COVID pandemic.
Results from a new survey — conducted by Hospitality Minnesota, the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, and Explore Minnesota Tourism — show that COVID lockdowns and restrictions played a role in reducing hospitality revenue “by an equivalent of up to 249 days.”
It’s been 19 days after the second forced closure of many businesses of 2020, and hospitality businesses are on the brink of bankruptcy if aid doesn’t come soon.
For JD Fratzke of Purpose Driven Restaurant Group in St. Paul, it’s the second time he’s been laid off this year.
Minnesota business leaders have said they were blindsided by Gov. Tim Walz’s announcement that bars and restaurants will be allowed to resume only outdoor dining on June 1.
Under new guidelines announced Wednesday, bars and restaurants can reopen for outdoor dining on June 1 and must limit seating to no more than 50 people. Salons, barbershops, and other personal care services can reopen June 1, but must limit capacity to 25 percent of the building’s maximum occupancy. Like bars and restaurants, appointments are required and no walk-ins are allowed.