East Grand Forks bar opens Wednesday in defiance of Minnesota's closing order
December 10, 2020
Defying an executive order by Gov. Tim Walz, a Minnesota bar owner reopened, calling the statewide four-week closing of drinking and dining establishments "a slap to our face."
"I feel a responsibility for the life of my employees; certainly much more than the politicians do," said Jane Moss, owner of the Boardwalk Bar & Grill in East Grand Forks. "I've seen financial difficulty and mental health impact them, so I am doing this for them. They deserve much better than what Gov. Walz is doing to them."
Walz issued an executive order closing bars and restaurants, along with other entertainment venues, effective Nov. 20 through Dec. 18. With COVID-19 cases spiking in the state, he said the closings were necessary to keep Minnesotans healthy and prevent hospitals from being overwhelmed.