Reports: Walz to introduce new limits on bars, events, private gatherings

Minnesota is amidst its most severe COVID-19 crisis yet.
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Gov. Tim Walz is expected to introduce a series of measures in response to COVID-19 that stops short of the lockdown seen earlier in 2020, but will still have implications for Minnesota residents and businesses.

The governor will address the state at 2 p.m., and reports are starting to emerge about some of the measures he is expected to impose.

One of these measures emerged Monday evening, and will require bars and restaurants to close by 10 p.m., presumably with the intention of limiting late-night close contact between young Minnesotans who have played a role in driving the spread of the virus.

It's now being reported by the likes of FOX 9 that there will also be no bar seating or counter service permitted, nor any bar games like darts and pool.

There will also be new limits on events such as weddings and funerals, which is expected to be called to 50 people from Nov. 27, and will be reduced again to 25 from Dec. 11, according to MPR's Brian Bakst.

Furthermore, Walz is expected to announce new limits on private gatherings, keeping them at no more than 10 people both inside or outside, and those 10 people must be from no more than three households.

The current limits on gatherings are 25 people outdoors and 10 people indoors.

The question will be, particularly when it comes to private gatherings, is how well Minnesotans will adhere to it.

Walz has said he didn't want to go back to the "Stay at Home" order levels of lockdown seen in the spring because too many people are already not following the current, much lighter recommendations to prevent COVID-19 spread – such as social distancing, wearing face masks, and avoiding large gatherings.

Minnesota Department of Health figures obtained by Bring Me The News showed that there was an increase in COVID-19 outbreaks – defined as 7 or more cases – linked to bars, restaurants, and weddings in October, and a smaller increase in outbreaks linked to funerals.

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