Otter Tail County Commissioner Wayne Johnson of Pelican Rapids, at the Tuesday, July 28, county board meeting, urged all restaurants in Otter Tail County to strictly follow state health safety guidelines in light of COVID-19.

“I have heard from some people that not all restaurants in Otter Tail County are following the 50% capacity rules for indoor dining,” he said. “We need all establishments to comply, and from an economic standpoint there should be a level playing field.”

Tables in restaurants and bars are required to be kept at a distance of 6 feet or more. Employees are also required to wear masks.

Across Minnesota, health officials are working with owners of restaurants and bars to maintain the safety of customers and employees alike. Live events have been canceled and many bars have discontinued use of pool tables and dart boards.

Johnson and the other four county commissioners, Doug Huebsch of Perham, Betty Murphy of Maine Township, John Lindquist of Dalton, and Lee Rogness of Fergus Falls, have given wholehearted support to the county Public Health Department.

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County public health, headed by Jody Lien, works in coordination with the state Health Department to do everything it can to stop the spread of COVID-19. To that end, county health employees work with community leaders and health officials throughout all of Otter Tail County.

“Education of county residents during COVID-19 is an ongoing process,” she said.