Governor's New Restrictions Likely to Begin Saturday and Last a Month

Governor's New Restrictions Likely to Begin Saturday and Last a Month Click to Enlarge

(KNSI) - Minnesota Governor Tim Walz will announce sweeping new restrictions to stop the spread of COVID-19 Wednesday evening at 6pm.

Bars, restaurants, and breweries will be moved back to takeout service only. Indoor dining will not be allowed.

Bowling alleys that serve food will still be allowed to serve food, but only through takeout or delivery options. The bowling alley itself will have to close.

There is a lack of clarity over whether or not movie theaters will be allowed to sell concessions, but the theater itself will not be allowed to be open. Movie theaters, we are told, are a transmission hot spot.

Organized indoor youth sports will be ordered to stop. That will affect ongoing fall sports - including high school football playoffs - and winter sports yet to start. This includes activities sanctioned through the Minnesota State High School League and anything considered organized youth sports. College athletics are not affected. It is not clear whether facilities such as ice rinks and sports courts will have to close. Outdoor sports and recreation will not be affected, but gyms will be ordered to close.

Retail stores can still operate at 100% capacity.

Hair salons and barbershops, dental offices, or other healthcare-related businesses will also not be affected.

The emergency order will go into effect at 12:00:01 November 21st and last at least four weeks.

The Governor will meet with the state's legislative executive council to approve the order and brief legislative leaders just after noon Wednesday.

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