Phase 2 of Governor Tim Walz’s stay safe plan that goes into effect June first limits churches to ten people or less.

Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka says he sees no reason why churches remain any more dangerous a place for transmission of COVID-19 than do big box stores that have been opened all along. Gazelka said “I am dumbfounded why the Governor would treat churches this way…” Adding he is more and more concerned the Governor is keeping people away from their houses of worship for “no good reason.” Per the plan the governor released, phase 3 would allow for up to 100 people to gather for an outdoor worship service, but keep indoor limitations at 10. The indoor restrictions would not change until the governor’s phase 4.