Bar owner Mankato is frustrated at being blamed for COVID surge

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – A Minnesota bar owner who was among the four establishments identified by state health officials for contributing to a recent increase in COVID-19 cases among young adults says he has instituted aggressive measures to maintain to safe customers.

Steve Wegman owns 507 in Mankato, south of the Twin Cities. He says he has invested in masks, gloves and cleaning supplies and has taken many other measures to minimize the spread of the coronavirus to customers and employees since Minnesota bars and restaurants reopened to limited capacity this month.

Wegman tells the Star Tribune that he was frustrated that his bar was identified as a COVID-19 hot spot, particularly after his staff had followed the guidelines issued by the state.