Governor Tim Walz is ordering bars and restaurants to close — except for take-out and delivery — for four weeks beginning Friday at midnight, to try to tamp down the surge in COVID cases in Minnesota.   Fitness facilities, entertainment venues, event spaces and similar establishments will also have to close for a month, and adult and youth sports will also be “paused.”   In-person social gatherings with persons outside a household will be prohibited.


Retail businesses, salons, and places of worship may continue operating with current restrictions. Childcare remains open,   and schools will continue to operate, shifting between in-person, distance, and hybrid learning depending on local conditions of the pandemic.