Walz orders temporarily closing of bars, restaurants, fitness centers as COVID-19 cases surge
The new restrictions come as COVID-19 hospitalizations hit a new high in the state
November 19, 2020
Gov. Tim Walz ordered a four-week shutdown of bars, restaurants, entertainment venues and fitness clubs, starting Friday, to slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic that has caused more than 3,000 deaths in Minnesota and threatens to overwhelm the state's hospital capacity.
The governor on Wednesday also ordered a pause on amateur sports and limited social gatherings to individual household members - down from a cap imposed just last week of 10 people from three households.
"We are at a breaking point. As hospitals near the crisis of turning away new patients, continuing as things are is simply not sustainable. The actions announced today will help prevent more families from losing a loved one and ensure our hospitals can treat those who fall ill," Walz said in a written statement.