Elementary schools can open, in-person service at restaurants will remain closed

All elementary schools can choose to use in-person learning on Jan. 18, social gathering guidelines were lifted slightly, and Youth sport practice and fitness classes will resume on the first Monday of the New Year, but in-person service at restaurants, bars and breweries will remain closed until Jan. 11.

This all comes from the latest announcement from Gov. Tim Walz.

“The sun is rising across Minnesota. Vaccines have arrived and the light at the end of the tunnel is much brighter today than it was at the beginning of this four-week dial back,” Governor Walz said.

“There is strong evidence we are starting to turn a corner thanks to the hard work of Minnesotans over the last few weeks to keep each other safe. But we aren’t out of the woods yet. This way forward will help bridge the gap to vaccination by continuing to protect hospital capacity while prioritizing getting our kids back in the classroom and supporting Minnesotans’ quality of life.”

As the holidays approach, indoor gatherings are recommended to be no more than 10 people between two households, and outdoor gatherings can be up to 15 people between three households.

The $216 million relief package was also signed by the Governor, which provides aid to small businesses affected by the shutdown and extends unemployment benefits.


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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