Reports: Walz to let Stay at Home order expire on Monday, keep restaurant ban

The governor says Minnesota is still facing the worst of the virus.
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Gov. Tim Walz is expected to announce on Wednesday that he will let the state's Stay at Home order expire on Monday.

The news is being reported by MPR's Brian Bakst and KSTP's Tom Hauser, both of whom note that while the Stay at Home order will expire, the ban on dine-in service at restaurants, and entertainment attractions like movie theaters and bowling alleys, will remain in place for now.

The major change is expected to be the loosening of restrictions that currently asks Minnesotans to only go out for essential trips – such as food shopping, exercise, or doctor's appointments.

Under the changes to laid out by Gov. Walz, he is expected to loosen the rules to allow gatherings with friends in groups of 10 or less.

MPR meanwhile notes that businesses that must stay closed for now – restaurants and salons included, will also face capacity limits when they are allowed to re-open, possibly in early June.

WCCO political analyst Blois Olson says that retailers and churches will be permitted to open at 50 percent capacity.

More details will be announced at 6 p.m.

Gov. Walz first enacted the ban on dine-in service at bars and restaurants in mid-March, and followed it with the shutdown of all but essential businesses and retail via the state's first Stay at Home order that started Friday, Mar. 27.

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Since then, there have been a number of restrictions loosened, to allow non-essential, non-customer-facing businesses and industries to re-open, as well as the likes of golf courses and marinas.

Most recently, the Stay at Home order was loosened to allow small non-essential retailers to offer curbside pickup.

It's not clear at this stage whether these businesses will be allowed to open to customers.

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