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Gov. Walz to announce loosening of COVID restrictions on Thursday

He said this summer will be normal looking.

Gov. Tim Walz plans to announce his reopening plan for Minnesota, including the loosening of COVID-19 restrictions, on Thursday. 

During a news conference Tuesday afternoon, Walz said the announcement will "go a long way to moving things forward."

"I think Minnesotans can start assuming they will have a very normal-looking summer," Walz added.

The governor said last week he planned to announce the loosening of restrictions soon, including related to capacity restrictions at sporting events. He also said the Minnesota State Fair would look "pretty close to a normal event" this year

The last time Walz increased capacity restrictions was in March, when he upped capacity limits at bars, restaurants, entertainment venues and gyms, and removed capacity limits for religious services and salons. 

The governor's plan to loosen restrictions comes as more Minnesotans are getting the COVID-19 vaccine and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continues to update guidance for vaccinated individuals.

The Minnesota Department of Health says 58.7% of Minnesotans 16 and older have at least one dose and 45.2% of those 16 and older have completed the vaccine series. 

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