Minnesota Health Leaders Warn of COVID-19 Groups at 2 Minneapolis Bars

People who visited two Minneapolis bars and two Mankato bars, linked to recent cases of COVID-19, are warned by state health officials to monitor themselves for symptoms.

According to health officials, more than 30 cases have been linked to two bars in Minneapolis: Cowboy Jack’s and Kollege Klub.

In Mankato, over 100 cases have been linked to bars, particularly Rounders and The 507.

Health officials say anyone who frequents these places should monitor their health and get tested and seek treatment if necessary.

Minnesota Department of Health officials say they are concerned about the lack of social detachment and wearing masks in bars. While younger people may not face as many health effects from COVID-19, health leaders were concerned about the spread of those patients to family members or others who may be at higher risk.

The Health Department’s Kris Ehresman says the bars involved have not followed state guidelines for reopening.

“One of the important things is that the guidance we’ve provided for bars and restaurants,” explained Kris Ehresmann with the Minnesota Department of Health. “People need to be seated and they have to be able to distance themselves socially. I think that is really important. I think in the case of these establishments, it is very likely that this orientation has not been followed.”

Ehresmann says MDH is working with its restaurant-regulating division to make sure restaurants and bars comply with the guidelines, but did not say whether the bars involved in the recent cases would face penalties.