Minneapolis Convention Center to be fully operational again this weekend – WCCO
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – After being at limited capacity for more than a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Minneapolis Convention Center will be fully operational again starting this weekend.
Officials at the downtown Minneapolis complex say that on Friday the building will open with no limit on capacity or social distancing, according to Gov. Tim Walz’s latest executive order.
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Masks will still be needed, however, as the city’s mandate has yet to be lifted.
“We’re in the business of building relationships,” said Jeff Johnson, executive director of the convention center. “While COVID-19 has significantly limited in-person relationship building over the past year, we are delighted to welcome guests back to our venue and city and are fully prepared to ensure that all the events we organize are safe and successful. ”
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Convention center officials say the building has improved its cleaning protocols and installed new cleaning technology to keep staff and visitors safe. Among the upgrades installed were bipolar needle ionizers to filter the air in meeting rooms.
The convention center’s schedule for the second half of the year is filling up with events, officials say. In addition, a number of articles are already in the books for next year.
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After closing at the start of the pandemic last March, the convention center has been operating for the past year as a community testing site and more recently as a vaccination site.