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Statements from Speaker Hortman and Majority Leader Winkler on temporary closure of bars, restaurants, and venues; action to support workers

Monday, March 16, 2020

St. Paul, Minnesota — This afternoon, Governor Walz announced the temporary closure of Minnesota bars and restaurants for dine-in customers, theaters, gyms, and other venues. The Governor also took executive action to strengthen Minnesota’s Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund and ensure that affected establishments have benefits available for workers who are not able to work as a result of COVID-19.

House Speaker Melissa Hortman and Majority Leader Ryan Winkler released the following statements:

“The decisions made by Governor Walz today are in the best interest of Minnesotans,” said Speaker Hortman. “Social distancing and drastically limiting the size of crowds are critically important to slowing the spread of COVID-19. Minnesotans should follow the guidelines put forward by the Minnesota Department of Health and the CDC. If at all possible, limit your time outside of your home, especially if you are older or at higher risk.”

“The Governor has taken the right action to strengthen our Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund and ensure benefits are available for workers unable to work as a result of COVID-19,” said Majority Leader Winkler. “The Minnesota House will continue to work with the Minnesota Senate on our legislation to expand Unemployment Insurance and sick leave benefits during outbreaks to ensure Minnesotans are able to make ends meet.”