With the modification of restrictions from  the state of Minnesota, establishments are opening up in the Pelican Rapids lakes area.

Following are a few reports from area restaurants.

In Pelican Rapids city, the VFW club opened on Jan. 11. 

Capacity will be limited to 50 percent.  Also, the club will close at 10 p.m., reported VFW Commander Richard Gabe. Based on the size of the VFW facility, the VFW will be able to accomodate about 75-100 patrons, said Gabe. During the winter season, these limits should be manageable—though there may be limits at the club’s popular Bingo events Thursdays and Saturdays.  

Also in Pelican Rapids, the Muddy Moose was scheduled to open Thursday, Jan. 14, 4 p.m.,  returning with its popular Thursday “Burger Night,” and hours will be 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday-Saturday. 

The Cornfield Cafe opened up Jan. 14, and will be operating seven days a week, from 7 a.m. – 2 p.m.  

COVID-19 guidelines update

The following updates were announced on January 6 and will go into place beginning Monday, January 11. Full details associated with these updates are available in Executive Order 21-01 or at StaySafe.mn.gov.

Restaurants & Bars

Indoor dining can open at 50% capacity

Maximum of 150 people 

Parties of no more than 6 people must remain 6 feet from other parties

Bar seating is open to parties of 2

Reservations are required

Dine-in service closed by 10 p.m.

Gyms & Fitness Centers

Gym capacity capped at 25% 

Maximum capacity increases to 150 and classes can increase to 25 people

Machines and people must maintain 9 feet of distance

Face coverings are required at all times

Pools open at 25% on January 14

Indoor & Outdoor Event and Entertainment Venues

Outdoor events and entertainment at 25% capacity, and maximum capacity increases to 250 people

Indoor events and entertainment (bowling alleys, movie theaters, museums, etc.) open at 25%, with no more than 150 people in each area of the venue

Face coverings are required for indoor events, and food service cannot be offered after 10 p.m.

Social Gatherings

Wedding receptions and other private parties may resume

If food and drink are served at the event, then they are limited to two households or 10 people indoors and 3 households or 15 people outdoors

If there is no food or drink, they are covered by event venue guidelines

Any related ceremony – like a wedding or funeral ceremony – is guided by rules for ceremonies and places of worship