Walz to extend bar and restaurant shutdown through holidays

Walz will formalize plans during a 1:15 p.m. press conference.
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Details are sparse but Bring Me The News has received confirmation from the governor's office saying Gov. Tim Walz will extend the ban on dine-in service at bars and restaurants through the holidays. 

Walz is set to make the announcement Wednesday at 1:15 p.m. The current executive order that Walz will extend is set to expire at 11:59 p.m. Friday. It's unclear how long the extension will go, but through the holidays would indicate that it'll last at least through the end of 2020. 

A spokesperson for Walz told BMTN: 

"Governor Walz will lay out a strategy tomorrow that prioritizes in-person learning for elementary students and continues to protect health care capacity by keeping indoor dining at bars and restaurants on pause through the holiday season. This plan will help bridge the gap to vaccination."

Walz will also announce updates for other businesses that are currently shut down, including fitness centers, bowling alleys and other places of entertainment. Part of his speech will also include new guidance for social gatherings. 

Following his press conference, Walz will sign the $216 million small business relief package into law. More on what the package will provide small businesses here. 

This is a developing story. 

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