Though COVID cases remain relatively low statewide in recent weeks, the Minnesota Department of Health’s Kris Ehresmann says now is *NOT* the time for Minnesotans to let their guards down.

“In addition to concerns about potential impacts of the new COVID variants, we continue to see clusters of cases connected with community settings, such as restaurants, bars, and gyms.”

Ehresmann says that even though restaurants, bars, and gyms get the most attention, it’s important to remember that there is a risk in any indoor setting that brings people from different households together.