Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz loosens restrictions on indoor dining, other venues


January 7, 2021

Aaron Lavinsky - Star Tribune file

Mark Berman walked back to his North Loop home with a pizza and salad from Black Sheep in May. "I would not go to any place that offers in house dining. I would not even eat outside in a patio setting," said Berman, who is still weary of public settings due to the COVID-19 pandemic. "I follow the science, I don't follow the politics."

Bars, restaurants and other venues will reopen with restrictions on Monday amid continued declines in COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations in Minnesota.

Gov. Tim Walz announced the dial-back in the state's pandemic response on Wednesday, noting that Minnesota's COVID-19 case rate has fallen below "pre-surge levels" and that bars and restaurants can operate at minimal risk if customers comply with rules that prevent viral transmission.

"The way we help them out is, let's not let the virus surge again. ... By wearing a mask and social distancing, that keeps your local bar and restaurant open. It keeps your school open. It keeps your hospital capacity under" critical levels, the governor said.



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