Minnesota reports 39 COVID-19 bar, restaurant outbreaks so far in 2021
February 23, 2021
Minnesota health officials on Monday urged people to take precautions against COVID-19 transmission in group settings because large outbreaks could upset the state's progress toward reduced restrictions and perhaps live Twins baseball.
The Minnesota Department of Health on Monday reported social outbreak data showing 39 outbreaks among customers in bars and restaurants in 2021 along with 85 outbreaks involving sports and 23 in fitness clubs and gyms.
"Because people without symptoms can spread the virus, people may not know" that they may be contributing to the outbreaks, said Kris Ehresmann, state infectious disease director, urging people to continue mask-wearing and social distancing practices to lower the risk of viral transmission.