Walz to announce COVID-19 restrictions

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Gov. Tim Walz plans to announce new COVID-19 restrictions on Wednesday, including new guidance for youth sports as well as bars and restaurants, in an effort to slow the virus’ spread in the community.
In a call with reporters Tuesday, Walz said some of the activities Minnesotans love would be put on a “pause” as the state tries to ease the strain on hospitals, which are struggling with a dramatic increase in COVID-19 patients and staff shortages. He provided no details, but said restrictions would be targeted and based on data.
“The idea that we just can go on with the way things have been with the data we have simply isn’t sustained by the facts, nor in good conscious can I, as governor, put people at risk of what’s coming,” he said. “The virus cares about none of those things we like to do, and it will simply bring death and destruction, overwhelming our health care system.”
Walz spokesman Teddy Tschann later said Wednesday’s announcement would address bars, restaurants, fitness centers and gyms, youth sports and social gatherings.
There were 1,379 new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people in Minnesota over the past two weeks, putting Minnesota seventh in …

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