Gov. Walz not eyeing new restrictions as he extends emergency powers


April 14, 2021


Gov. Tim Walz plans to extend his emergency powers another 30 days.

Gov. Tim Walz says while he's closely monitoring an increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in Minnesota, he doesn't anticipate tightening restrictions on businesses or social gatherings anytime soon.

But he's not quite ready to relinquish the emergency powers he's used to respond to the pandemic and put those restrictions in place. Walz plans to extend those powers for another 30 days on Wednesday, citing the need for continued vigilance as the state races to vaccinate as many people as possible against more contagious variants of the virus.

"As we've said this entire pandemic, the way the virus acts, we will respond accordingly," Walz said Tuesday at a mass vaccination site on the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. "If we start to see numbers go back up, we will see if there are things that need to happen. At this point in time, we don't have plans to do that. We think the mitigation efforts are working."


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