New Stricter Guidelines for Minnesotans To Be Announced Today From Governor Tim Walz
APPLE VALLEY CHAMBER NOTE: We just learned earlier this morning and waited to inform you once confirmed by MPR News that THE GOVERNOR PLANS TO RESTRICT RESTAURANTS (TO TAKEOUT ONLY), GYMS, MOVIE THEATERS, BOWLING ALLEYS AND BARS FOR 30 DAYS BEGINNING FRIDAY. We are informing you so now to help protect your cash flow before you schedule staff, order food, beverages, merchandise and such before your competitors know about the Governor’s plan.
Gov. Tim Walz is expected to roll out new curbs Wednesday aimed at stemming the spread of COVID-19, including limiting bars and restaurants to takeout-only for four weeks, a source tells MPR News. Gyms and fitness centers will also be closed for that duration, the source said.
The new restrictions take effect Friday. Walz is expected to formally announce the new curbs in an address to Minnesotans at 6 p.m.
State health investigators have identified bars, restaurants, fitness centers, gyms, youth sports and social gatherings as sources of COVID-19 transmission in the current outbreak.
Minnesota’s COVID-19 numbers — its daily and cumulative tallies of infections, testing, hospitalization and death — are bad and getting worse.
A little more than through the month, the state is fast approaching 100,000 new cases in November alone. That’s a nearly half of the state’s total cases — 236,949 — since March.
Here are the key areas of the 4-week pause:
- Restaurants, breweries, bowling alleys, movie theaters and bars service will be take-out only.
- Gyms will close.
- Organized indoor youth sports, a pause beginning Saturday.
- Outdoor sports and recreation are not going to be impacted.
- Retail stores, salons, dental offices, and other health care businesses will not be subject to new restrictions.