At 1:15 pm today Governor Walz will address the state.
Media outlets have reported that he will extend the indoor dining portion of the latest shutdown for at least three more weeks.
The GCB posted the note below on their website on December 14.
Don’t Jeopardize Your Organization’s Gambling License
There have been reports that some Minnesota bars and restaurants intend to open for on-site eating and drinking prior to Friday, December 18 in violation of Executive Order 20-99. If so, your organization may feel pressure to also restart the conduct of gambling at these locations. Please remember that your organization is responsible for securing all games, including those played and unplayed.
The conduct of gambling at a location in violation of Executive Order 20-99 could result in the suspension or revocation of your organization’s lawful gambling license. If your organization has multiple premises permits, your ability to conduct gambling, even at sites that did not violate the Executive Order, could be affected.
There are reports that up to 150 restaurants/bars are going to open in defiance of the executive order if the Governor extends his closure order. I understand the frustration that people are feeling that own their own business and are seeing that business go under before their very eyes. The ability to stand up to government when you believe government is wrong is something that I admire and has been a hallmark of our country since its inception.
For us and our organizations the situation is different. We don’t own them. We are caretakers. We took over from those that came before us and we will someday hand it off to those coming after us. It is not our place to defy executive orders. The need for the relief that organizations like ours provide is increasing daily. We need to be around to help our communities through these very difficult times.
I will pass along more details when they become available.