Gov. Tim Walz is scheduled to give a live address at noon today, during which he will lay out a timeline to "end all COVID-19 restrictions in Minnesota." His office offered some details this morning, laying out a three-phased approach:
- Noon, May 7: Removal of limits for outdoor dining, events, and other get-togethers, and ends the mask requirement outdoors except at large venues with over 500 people. The 11 p.m. mandatory closing time for bars, restaurants, and other food and drink businesses will also come to an end.
- May 28: Remaining capacity and distancing limits will come to an end, including for indoor events and gatherings. The only requirements that will remain will be face mask requirements for indoor and outdoor events with more than 500 people.
- July 1 (or sooner if Minnesota hits 70% of adults vaccinated): The remaining face mask mandate ends, as does the requirement for businesses to have COVID preparedness plans.
You can watch the governor's address above.