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Walz calls for early bar closures, reduced group gatherings to curb COVID-19 spread


November 11, 2020

LEILA NAVIDI – Star Tribune

Grocer's Table employee Drew Sigel had his temperature checked before clocking in on Tuesday, part of a new health screening for employees. When the restaurant reopens Wednesday, indoor seating will be down to less than 25% capacity.

Responding Tuesday to the surging COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Tim Walz announced dial-back measures that close bars and restaurants at 10 p.m. and restrict the sizes of wedding and funeral receptions, as well as indoor and outdoor gatherings.

"We turned our dials [forward]; we are going to have to turn them back a bit today," Walz said during an afternoon news conference.

The move comes as the growing pandemic is putting pressure on hospital bed capacity, with only 22 intensive care beds available in the metro area.


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