20 Nov An update to Minnesota’s COVID response
An update to Minnesota’s COVID response
Governor Tim Walz last July signed an executive order required all to wear masks in public indoor spaces and businesses in Minnesota.
Now effective today, November 20th we have new sweeping executive orders in effect to slow the spread of coronavirus in the state.
Walz said private gatherings should be limited to one household only, indoors, and outdoors.
Face coverings in all public places like churches, public transportation, businesses, and retail settings.
Bars and restaurants are closed and only take-out is allowed. This is for a minimum of four weeks,
Hair saloons and barber shops can operate at 50 percent capacity. But masks must be worn.
Movie theaters, bowling alleys, concert venues, fitness centers are all closed for a minimum of four weeks.
All organized youth sports organizations and programs must stop all in person activities – including practices, games, and tournaments for a minimum of four weeks.
The school districts can decide to do in person or distant learning. Or a combination of each.
Churches and houses of worship can be open at 50 percent capacity, but you must wear a mask.
Anyone willfully violating the order is guilty of a misdemeanor and punishable by up to 90 days in jail and/or up to a fine of $1,000. Any business owner can be fined up to $3,000 and a year in jail.
These are all in effect for at least four weeks and while we pray for the best the state is preparing for the worst.
That concludes an update to Minnesota’s COVID response. But look for more updates in the future!