Gov. Tim Walz announced businesses, such as bars, restaurants and movie theaters, to close in an effort to fight the spread of COVID-19 during a press conference earlier today.
The measure will go into effect at 5 p.m. Tuesday and go until March 27th. This according to KSTP’s Tom Houser via twitter
BREAKING: MN Gov. Tim Walz to announce all MN bars and restaurants to close for dine-in services. Only curbside pick-up and delivery allowed. This will take effect at 5 p.m. Tuesday due to concern about St. Patrick’s Day crowds. Official announcement at 5:30 live on 5 Eyewitness
— Tom Hauser (@thauserkstp) March 16, 2020
Earlier Monday, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) confirmed the number of positive cases of COVID-19 in the state had risen to 54, up by 19 from a day earlier. On Sunday, MDH also confirmed the state’s first three community spread cases, meaning it spread from person-to-person in the state rather than from exposure during travel as the previous cases had. As far as the bars, restaurants, movie theaters closing, they will still offer delivery and curbside pickup. Also, why not pick up some gift cards from these places to use at a later date? Our local businesses need our support more than ever now. More info on COVID-19 as well as area closures and cancellations can be found at www.theloon.com.