Walz announces four week pause on gatherings, sports, and dining at restaurants

Gov. Tim Walz announced new restrictions during a press conference Wednesday night, where he explained the exponential growth of new COVID infections in the state.

The new restrictions through Friday, Dec. 18 are: in-person social gatherings with people outside the household are prohibited; bars and restaurants will have take-out and delivery services only; gyms, fitness studios, entertainment venues and event spaces will need to close; and adult and youth sports are paused.

Retail businesses, salons, and places of worship may continue to operate, childcare will remain open, and schools will continue to operate under the safe learning plan. All other current restrictions remain in effect.


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 son Logan, daughter Brigid, and pets Vincent and Piper. She also loves reading, Star Trek, and gardening... badly.


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