Gov. Doug Burgum amended his executive order to now allow restaurants and bars to resume normal hours of operations, beginning at 8 a.m. on Tuesday.

Burgum’s order previously said restaurants and bars must close to in-person service between 10 p.m. and 4 a.m. Now, they may reopen to normal operating hours but must remain limited to 50 percent of their licensed seated capacity, not to exceed 150 patrons, until 8 a.m. on Jan. 8.

In a press release, he said this was due to active COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations decreasing in the state.

Other requirements are as follows:

  • Seating arrangements and tables must allow for at least 6 feet of physical distance between individual parties
  • Dance areas must be closed
  • Service must be provided to seated patrons only
  • Masks must be worn by owners, managers and employees at all times, and by patrons except when eating or drinking

Interim State Health Officer Dirk Wilke’s mask mandate remains in effect until Jan. 18.