Gov. Tim Walz Announces More Severe Restrictions on Restaurants, Bars, and Social Gatherings

The Minnesota Department of Health says Northeastern Minnesota only has 11 critical care beds available right now with 96 in use.

ST. Paul, Minn. – The message was clear from Governor Tim Walz on Tuesday, Minnesota is in the midst of a significant surge and measures need to be taken to not further overwhelm hospitals, schools, and workplaces.

“Making some of these smart choices will make a difference it will save people’s lives it will keep people out of the hospital and it will allow us to go back to school keep our businesses open and get back to normal faster,” says Gov. Walz.

The Minnesota Department of Health says Northeastern Minnesota only has 11 critical care beds available right now with 96 in use.

This, along with the surge, prompted Gov. Walz to put stricter rules on social gatherings which go into effect Friday, Nov. 13 at 10 p.m.

Social gatherings have a 10-person limit for both indoor and outdoor settings.

These 10 people have to be from three households or less.

Bars and restaurants need to stay below a 50 percent capacity with no more than 150 people.

Starting this Friday, these establishments need to be closed for dine-in from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. only.

Takeout and delivery can continue after 10 p.m.

Counter service is prohibited unless it’s the only option for seating in the establishment.

“It’s certainly not our intention to demonize any industry or any activity it’s simply important for us to understand what we know 8 months into this what spreads this thing…to make sure we don’t overwhelm the hospital system we don’t overwhelm the staffing that’s at those and we buy ourselves that time til we get towards we get to a vaccine,” says Gov. Walz.

Gov. Walz is also putting new restrictions on the ceremonies which follow weddings and funerals.

Starting November 27, there’s a 50 person limit and then by December 11 that will be halved to only 25 people on the gatherings after ceremonies and again these cannot take place between the hours of 10 p.m. and 4 a.m.

Gov. Walz says these rules are becauseĀ  71 percent of COVID cases from June to November were spread through private social gatherings, weddings, funerals, and bars.

Partially because of people eating and drinking without a mask for long periods of time and the effect alcohol has as well.

“People just get a little more socially lax as the night goes on especially in settings where alcohol is served. And again, I’m not passing a moral judgment I’m just simply stating scientifically whether the facts are, and if we are going to get a handle on this we have to know who is spreading it, where they’re spreading it, and of course where they’re spreading it,” says Gov. Tim Walz.

Gov. Walz also announced a plan for $10 million in additional grants for small businesses that have already applied for relief. This grant money should help around 1000 businesses statewide.

 

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