Where’s the logic in reopening rules?

We know Gov. Tim Walz wants to take things slowly and cautiously as he allows various businesses to reopen. But we fail to see the logic in some of his pronouncements Wednesday about bars and restaurants, hair salons and barbershops.

The governor said bars and restaurants can resume serving sit-down customers on June 1, but not inside. Only outside service will be allowed. Not many restaurants in the state are equipped with patios or rooftop service areas. Only a couple in New Ulm would fit that bill. Bars in New Ulm are given a few feet of sidewalk area in front of their establishments so that smokers can take their drinks outside while they puff away.

Perhaps the New Ulm City Council will block traffic on Minnesota Street for a few blocks to allow restaurants to put tables out front. But we doubt they will, and people who are used to driving along Minnesota Street wouldn’t be very happy, either.

Hair salons and barbershops will be allowed to reopen, but with only 25 percent capacity. That’s hard to do in a one- or two-chair shop.

We don’t understand the need to limit church services to 10 worshipers only. Why not let them hold services at 25 percent capacity? Most churches could comfortably hold quite a few people and keep every other or every third pew empty.

We want all Minnesotans to stay as safe as possible, but let’s apply some common sense to the restrictions we must live under.


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