Governor Tim Walz has issued an executive order that will take effect on Friday at midnight aimed at reducing the rapid spread of COVID-19 in Minnesota. The new restrictions will apply to bars and restaurants, gyms and youth sports, which are some of the most major sources of COVID-19 outbreaks across the state.
This announcement comes after weeks of record-setting highs in new cases, hospitalizations, and deaths due to COVID-19. Today, a record 67 deaths was reported by the Minnesota Department of Health.
Gov. Walz is doing all he can to keep us safe as the virus rages through our state, region and country.
Though critically necessary, we know these new public guidelines will be difficult on many in our community. That is why, along with Gov. Walz, we are calling on the federal government to take immediate action to help our businesses and families make ends meet. Our bars, restaurants, and many small businesses are facing unprecedented challenges. I encourage all of you to support your favorite establishments and do what you can to help our neighbors.
An important part of reducing the spread of the virus is to get tested and stay home when possible. Here is a list of testing locations. Find one near you: https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/MNMDH/bulletins/2acf1fc
We can meet this unparalleled challenge if we all work together.
Everyone can work to reduce the spread of COVID-19
- Wear masks when in public. 10-50% of virus carriers are asymptomatic (are not experiencing any symptoms). Wearing masks helps control the virus and has been shown to lower COVID-19 spread.
- Avoid enclosed spaces with groups of people, where the virus can linger in the air for long periods of time.
- Get tested if you have cold or flu-like symptoms.
- Stay six feet away from others.
- Cover your coughs and sneezes with your elbow or sleeve, or a tissue and then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands afterwards.
- Washing your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom or before eating. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid touching your face – especially your eyes, nose and mouth – with unwashed hands.
- Up-to-date guidance is available from the Department of Health.
Please continue to reach out with any input, ideas, or feedback about the issues important to you. I value hearing from you, so please don’t hesitate to call or email me any time. You can also connect with me on Facebook here. It’s an honor to represent you at the State Capitol.