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Wednesday, 13 January 2021 16:50

MN Gov. Ends Indoor Dining Ban, Loosens COVID-19 Restrictions on Gyms and Other Venues

Written by Scott McClallen, The Center Square
Gov. Tim Walz on Jan. 6 announced the loosening of COVID-19 restrictions starting Monday for many venues including bars and restaurants.  Gov. Tim Walz on Jan. 6 announced the loosening of COVID-19 restrictions starting Monday for many venues including bars and restaurants.  Screenshot of Gov. Walz's Youtube

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...letting their guard down.

 

“One year into this pandemic, we know that improvements are tenuous. If we let our guard down, COVID-19 finds a way to surge back in terrifying ways,” Malcolm said.

 

Minnesota Licensed Beverage Association Executive Director Tony Chesak welcomed the change.

 

“As the numbers in Minnesota have been trending very favorably for a dial turn to the right, we appreciate Gov. Walz recognizing how seriously our bars and restaurants are taking the pandemic and that keeping our customers and staff members safe is a top priority by turning the dial for indoor dining and service,” Chesak said in a statement.

 

“We will continue to work with the Governor and the Legislature on quick and decisive relief for these struggling businesses. We are and have been ready to open our doors.”

 

Hospitality Minnesota CEO Liz Rammer called the announcement “great news.”

 

“Reopening will bring in much-needed revenue at a desperate time for these businesses,” Rammer said in a statement.

 

“We know that operators committed to following the protocols will keep their guests and workers safe and the data supports this. For an industry that provides 300,000 jobs in Minnesota and is integral to every community in the state, the road to recovery is going to be long and we’re very glad to get started.”

 

Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka, R-East Gull Lake, has advocated for reopening restaurants for months.

 

“Thousands of families depend on the work and support these community businesses provide. Businesses shut down through no fault of their own have been advocating how they can safely reopen,” Gazelka said in a statement.

 

“I’m glad Gov. Walz listened and loosened the restrictions on businesses. Now it’s vitally important Walz manage a faster vaccination process, so we don’t have to go through this again. Protecting the vulnerable with a vaccine is going to the key to reopening.”

 

We thank The Center Square for reprint permission.

 

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