Walz set to announce 4-week closure for bars, restaurants, gyms

Details have started coming out about the governor's announcement.
Author:
Updated:
Original:

More details are filtering out about Gov. Tim Walz's Wednesday evening announcement of new COVID-19 restrictions.

The governor said Tuesday that he would be announcing a likely "pause" on organized youth sports, but it emerged later that he is planning on more expansive restrictions that will encompass the hospitality, fitness, and entertainment industries, as well as for social gatherings.

Here's an overview of what is expected as of Wednesday morning, based on what BMTN has learned:

  • Bars and restaurants will cease dine-in service for four weeks starting this Friday.
  • Gyms, fitness centers, movie theaters, bowling alleys, museums, and other entertainment venues will close for this period.
  • Wedding receptions and post-funeral events set to be put on hold.
  • A four-week "pause" on indoor youth sports, including hockey, and outdoor team sports may also be affected.
  • The restrictions may be extended beyond four weeks depending upon the situation in a month's time.

At this stage it's unclear what the new guidance will be for social gatherings. Last week, the Minnesota Department of Health's guidance changed to a maximum of 10 people from three different households.

But just days later, Minnesota Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm said that due to the escalating rate of cases, this guidance was no longer considered safe, particularly as Thanksgiving approaches.

Minnesotans are being asked to skip their traditional Thanksgiving gatherings and instead celebrate with their own household where possible.

Follow Bring Me The News on News Break

The possible hold on wedding receptions and post-funeral gatherings would mark a change from restrictions imposed last week, which laid out a plan to reduce the size of such events to 50 people beginning Nov. 27, and 25 people starting Dec. 11.

There will be a wider impact on Minnesota businesses and workers, who now face the prospect of four weeks with reduced or loss of income, and still no sign of an income support deal being struck in Congress, though Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi have written to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell inviting him to renewed negotiations on a stimulus bill.

Bars and restaurants will have to shift back to the takeout-only model as was the case during the initial Stay at Home order in the spring.

One bar owner, Wes Burdine of the Black Hart in St. Paul, has called for measures that can help venues sell their excess alcohol before and during the shutdown.

The latest forecast from Sven Sundgaard

Next Up

coronavirus, ICU

Nov. 25 COVID-19 update: 72 deaths ties Minnesota's single-day high

A COVID-19 update will not be provided on Thanksgiving Day.

Texa-Tonka

Revival to open its fourth Twin Cities location

The fried chicken and smoked meat maestros are moving to St. Louis Park.

Duluth and Case Recreation Center

St. Paul to open two extra temporary shelters for homeless people

Mayor Melvin Carter announced the new shelters will be opened in the event of excess demand.

vote, election

Minnesota once again had the highest election turnout in the country

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, a record percentage of voters also sent in absentee ballots.

court gavel

Minneapolis man sentenced to 30 years for death in robbery gone wrong

James Moore was sentenced in the death of Malik Smith.

Em1jOWyWEAwspXK (1)

St. Paul homicide suspect arrested by FBI in Chicago

A 34-year-old Minneapolis man was killed in the Nov. 14 shooting.

Sanford Health

Sanford Health 'parts ways' with CEO after his face mask comments

Kelby Krabbenhoft had been with the company since 1996.

closed sign

What's open and closed in Minnesota on Thanksgiving Day 2020?

Most services will not be running on Thursday and unlike most years, many stores will be closed, too.

PennyMomentos

How a turkey's brush with celebrity in Bloomington came to a tragic end

DNR: if you care about wild animals, stop feeding them

TCF Bank Stadium

Saturday's Gophers/Badgers football game canceled due to COVID-19 issues

The Battle for Paul Bunyan's Axe will not take place for the first time since 1906.

Related

COVID closure

Gov. Walz confirms 4-week shutdown of dining, gyms, gatherings, weddings

A month of enhanced restrictions will go into effect Friday.

restaurant-690975_1280

Walz to announce 'phased plans' for bar, restaurant reopenings

The governor is expected to lay out plans for reopening dine-in service.

Walz

Walz to announce new COVID-19 restrictions at Tuesday press conference

He will reportedly reduce the opening hours of bars and restaurants.

Screen Shot 2020-04-17 at 2.58.26 PM

COVID-19: Walz confirms bars must close at 10 p.m., new limits on gatherings

It comes as Minnesota's COVID-19 crisis gets increasingly dire.

Muddy Waters, coronavirus, covid-19

Walz: Change to restaurant, bar guidance unlikely before June 1

Churches can allow 25% capacity up to 250 people, but bars and restaurants can only serve a max of 50 customers outside only.

coronavirus, covid-19

Minnesota braces for new restrictions ahead of Walz announcement

The governor will take further action as the state's COVID crisis worsens.