“Some welcome news” says Hospitality Minnesota about Governor Tim Walz loosening COVID restrictions on bars and restaurants — but the industry group is urging Democrats to get behind Willmar Republican Dave Baker’s plan for complete reopening in phases by May 1st. Baker says he’s optimistic because Democrats…

“They’re very engaged in my bill, writing a bill.   They’re maybe bringing up some other ideas to how they want to do things too. But it definitely got things off the ground running.”

House Majority Leader Ryan Winkler said May 1st is a “very good goal” but Democrats are not willing to immediately terminate the governor’s emergency powers and essentially make Minnesota defenseless against COVID.