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Gov. Walz announces 4-week dial back to combat COVID-19

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ST. PAUL, MN-- Minnesota's Governor is rolling out new COVID-19 restrictions to combat the growing surge of cases in the state.

Governor Tim Walz announced the new guidance Wednesday, including a four-week pause on social activities, in-person dining, sports, and fitness establishments.

“Today marks a somber milestone in the pandemic as we surpass 3,000 Minnesotans lost to COVID-19,” Governor Walz said. “This immense loss strikes at the heart of our state. We are at a breaking point. As hospitals near the crisis of turning away new patients, continuing as things are is simply not sustainable.

Starting Friday at 11:59 PM, Restaurants and bars will no longer be allowed to have indoor or outdoor dining. Curbside pickup will still be allowed.

Gyms and fitness centers must close, along with indoor pools, rec centers, and entertainment venues.

Organized sports for youth and adults is paused, along with private parties, including wedding receptions. Social gatherings with people outside your household are also not allowed.

Stores, churches, daycares, schools, beauty salons and personal care services, and outdoor recreation are all allowed. Wedding ceremonies and funerals are also still allowed.

Walz said the restrictions are targeted to the places and times the virus is spreading most rapidly.

"The actions announced today will help prevent more families from losing a loved one and ensure our hospitals can treat those who fall ill. While these actions mean incredible hardship for many, they are the fastest way to recover our economy, keep our kids in school, and get back to the activities we love," said Walz.

People are still encouraged to stay home when possible, and wear masks and social distance when they do have to go out.

Bonney Bowman

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