Hospitalizations on the rise

Gov. Tim Walz on Wednesday evening announced that Minnesota would be “turning back the dial” in the wake of a huge surge of new COVID-19 cases.

Effective Friday, Nov. 20 at 11:59 p.m. until Dec. 18, restaurants and bars will be closed for in-person dining. Take-out orders will still be allowed.

Gyms, fitness centers, dance studios, public pools, etc., are to close.

Indoor and outdoor entertainment venues, such as theaters, concert halls, bowling alleys, paintball, go-karts, museums and amusements parks are to close. Outdoor entertainment venues can offer a “drive-in” or “drive-through” experience.

Social gatherings are prohibited, with some exceptions. Gatherings for things like child care, health care, judicial proceedings and sobriety and mental health support groups are allowed. Drive-in gatherings are also allowed.

Weddings, funerals and services are allowed, provided venues follow social distancing and 50 percent occupancy, with a maximum of 250 people. However, virtual offerings are strongly encouraged, and celebrations and receptions that typically follow ceremonies are prohibited.

Organized youth and adult sports are also ordered to stop. This does not apply to college or professional sports.

Barbershops, salons and other personal care services are allowed to remain open. Occupancy is limited to 50 percent and no more than 250 people in a space.

The order came even as Minnesota experienced the deadliest day of the pandemic, with 67 deaths today.

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