FARGO — Greg Tehven and his staff at the Herd & Horns Sports Bar and Grill have been removing tables and chairs from the tavern in preparation for reopening as North Dakota eases its way into a new phase of the coronavirus pandemic.

Gov. Doug Burgum is lifting an executive order imposed six weeks ago closing “high contact” businesses including bars, restaurants, barbershops, hairstyling salons and tattoo parlors, all of which can reopen on Friday, May 1.

“I’m not expecting things to be crazy,” co-owner Tehven said, noting that nearby North Dakota State University is closed. Still, he added, “We’re optimistic that people are going to be anxious to get out.”

Removing chairs and tables is necessary to comply with a requirement that bars and restaurants reopen at no more than 50% of capacity. Businesses that the governor ordered closed also must comply with guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as the North Dakota Department of Health.

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