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Tougher enforcement of Minnesota bars, restaurants not on COVID menu


November 16, 2020

Leila Navidi – Star Tribune

Patrons inside Blarney Pub & Grill in Dinkytown.

The Dinkytown bar hummed with customers as the Minnesota Gophers football game played on TV. A gaggle of women pushed drinks on a friend, who donned a pink sash for her 21st birthday. Maskless patrons played darts. A young couple leaned in to kiss.

An ordinary nightlife scene came to an early close at the Blarney Pub & Grill in Minneapolis on Friday in compliance with Gov. Tim Walz's COVID-19 safety order, forcing bar patrons to guzzle their beers by 10 p.m. and leave.

Ten minutes before closing, yellow-shirted security staff began ushering folks out into the night cold. One man slung his arm around a friend's shoulder, demanding to know: "Where's the after-party?"


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