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Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz closes gyms, bars/restaurants and more for four weeks as COVID cases spike

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz has announced Wednesday the state will be shutting down gyms, restaurants and bars and youth sports and activities for the next four week beginning Friday at midnight.  Bars and restaurants will be allowed to stay open for carryout only options.


The closures come as state health officials announced 5,102 new cases of COVID-19 Wednesday along with 67 more deaths, marking the highest daily number of fatal cases ever recorded in the state. 


Walz says this is a dangerous moment in this pandemic as state's surrounding Minnesota are seeing some of the worst infection rates in the world...





Walz says these decisions are not just made on case numbers rising, but how fast they are rising...





Walz says closing businesses not only will help prevent further strain on an already strained hospital system, but it will also protect frontline workers who are getting sick due to the jobs they perform..