Gov. Tim Walz announces 4-Week Dial Back plan affecting bars, restaurants, gyms and more – FOX 9
The state of Minnesota released this graphic Wednesday to show what businesses and activities will be dialed back as COVID-19 cases surge statewide. (Office of the Governor of Minnesota)
(FOX 9) – Gov. Tim Walz imposed sweeping new restrictions across Minnesota Wednesday, closing bars and restaurants, fitness centers and gyms for four weeks and pausing youth and high school sports as the state struggles to fight COVID-19 and prevent a crisis in hospitals.
The new restrictions go into effect Saturday morning.
Minnesota Governor imposes new sweeping coronavirus restrictions for four weeks
The new restrictions will last four weeks and impact establishments and social activities alike.
In a release, Walz said the state is at a “breaking point,” as hospital beds fill up and case numbers spike across the state.
“While these actions mean incredible hardship for many, they are the fastest way to recover our economy, keep our kids in school, and get back to the activities we love,” Walz said.
The changes come as the Minnesota Department of Health reported a record 67 deaths from COVID-19 Wednesday and 5,102 new cases. Minnesota has seen a 153% increase in coronavirus cases over the last two weeks–the third highest in the nation, according to NBC News COVID-19 tracker.
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Walz explained last week that health officials are not seeing a trend in cases linked to those types of establishments. However, health officials are seeing a significant number of cases linked to late nights at bars and restaurants, as well as large private gatherings.
Economic Development Commissioner Steve Grove also recently stated that retail “just isn’t a concern” for virus spread.
Walz added that in the retail industry, transactions are quick, one-on-one and involve mask-wearing at all times.
The new restrictions sparked immediate reactions from lawmakers and business owners who said financial relief is going to be required to make it through the next month.
No specific aid packages have been announced as of Wednesday afternoon. In a press conference after the announcement Wednesday, the Governor blamed the federal response to the virus for helping small businesses and said the legislature, not the executive branch is responsible for appropriations.
He said his office would “settle for a scaled-down” stimulus package that “target small employers and workers.”
DEED Commissioner Steve Grove added that money is available for relief, but that the state would have to borrow from the federal government at this point. “We need Washington to act,” he said.