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Walz will announce timeline 'to end all COVID-19 restrictions'

The details will be revealed in the governor's planned Thursday address.
Governor Tim Walz

Gov. Tim Walz will lay out a timeline "to end all COVID-19 restrictions in Minnesota" and get the state "back to business as usual" during his planned live address Thursday.

The governor's office in a statement offered few other details ahead of Walz's address, only adding: "The vaccine is here, and it has proven to be our best tool to control the virus. It’s time to roll up our sleeves, get vaccinated, and crush the virus.”

Earlier this week, Walz said Minnesota residents "can start assuming they will have a very normal-looking summer."

Walz's Thursday address begins at noon. Bring Me The News will provide a link to watch it live when it becomes available.

Through May 3, the Minnesota Department of Health says 59% of Minnesotans aged 16-plus have received at least one shot, while 87% of the age-65-plus population has had at least one dose of a vaccine. Overall, 47% of the state's population has had at least one dose.

It had been reported this week that Walz was looking for a target of 70% adults vaccinated before the state could reopen.

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