MN Gov To Close Bars And Restaurants For Four Weeks

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports:

Gov. Tim Walz will impose new restrictions on bars, restaurants and fitness centers starting Friday, closing them down to the public for four weeks as COVID-19 cases surge across the state. Bars and restaurants will still be allowed to offer takeout services during that time.

The new restrictions will also include a temporary pause on youth sports. Group gatherings also will be limited to individual households — down from a prior cap of 10 people from three households.

Retail establishments are unaffected by the latest restrictions, as state contact tracing has found little evidence that they are the sites leading to large group outbreaks. Weddings and funerals collectively have been linked to 130 outbreaks and 1,121 infections, while sports have been linked to 192 outbreaks and 780 infections.