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Crow Wing County Supports Bars & Restaurants opening

The Crow Wing County Board met for a Special meeting Tuesday morning to continue the discussion of whether to allow Bars and Restaurants to open before the June 1st allowance from Governor Tim Walz’s Executive Order. The Board voted in favor of Crow Wing County Bars and Restaurants reopening while drafting a letter to Governor Tim Walz.

County Commissioners heard from concerned business owners, like Josh Goolsbee of Lonesome Pine Restaurant & Bar on Bay Lake, about the impact financially that Memorial Day weekend sets up their entire year.

Goolsbee financial

County Administrator Tim Houle read off correspondence from those who also opposed Crow Wing County opening bars and restaurants from an Essentia Health physician.

Houle opposed

Houle, with his informed opinion, spoke on the decision to either formally allow open businesses in the County or simply inform local businesses to have their COVID-19 Preparedness plans at the ready.

Houle options

Many opinions, letters, comments with legal ramifications and social commentary were heard from business owners, concerned residents, and members of the Board. The Crow Wing County Board voted unanimously resolutions to first, that area businesses that are still closed by the Executive Order need to put together a thoughtful preparedness plan consistent with the Governor’s guidance, and second, those businesses be allowed to open by no later than May 22nd. The County Board will be sending a letter to Governor Walz outlining their request. View the letter and resolution here