relaxed Covid restrictions imply new life for leisure venues

DULUTH, MN – On Friday, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz announced looser Covid restrictions across the state.

These relaxed capacity constraints were good news for entertainment venues.

From Monday they can accommodate larger crowds.

“These are life events that shape who we are. These things can be done and be safe,” said Governor Walz.

With warmer months on the horizon, says Governor Walz, people can safely gather together.

“You can keep more distance. You can be outside. You are not inside when it comes to ventilation or spreading,” he said.

This was welcome news for entertainment venues like DECC in Duluth.

The staff there also manage the Bayfront Festival Park, which hosts many of the summer outdoor summer events in Northland.

“A much more normal summer for 2021. I don’t think either of us know what this will be, but we are very encouraged and optimistic about a great outdoor season,” said Roger Reinert, interim executive director at DECC.

It’s not just outside spaces.

Reinert said the announcement will open the doors to other indoor events such as graduations, weddings and sporting events.

“We had a number of events with asterisks on the calendar both here and at Bayfront, depending on where the guidelines are,” said Reinert. “If we look at this table, those asterisks are all gone today.”

For many, Friday’s announcement may be a sign of better days after a really difficult year.

“This is the day we will look back and say that the DECC survived the pandemic,” said Reinert.

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