SAINT PAUL, MN— In an effort to further mitigate the spread of COVID-19, Governor Tim Walz has ordered the temporary closure of Minnesota restaurants and bars to dine-in customers as well as the closure of other places of public gatherings through an executive order. The order is effective March 17th at 5:00 p.m. until March 27 at 5:00 p.m. The Governor also announced action to strengthen Minnesota’s Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund and ensure affected establishments have benefits available for workers who are not able to work through a separate executive order.
“The Governor’s decision to temporarily close restaurants, bars, and other public gathering spaces is the right one. Despite the criticism that has come from some of my colleagues, the science behind this decision proves this is about preserving the public health and saving the lives of the most vulnerable Minnesotans,” said Assistant Minority Leader Senator Jeff Hayden. “President Trump has highlighted the closing of restaurants, bars, and other public gathering spaces as an important step in his own guidelines for states with evidence of community transmission. It will be our job as legislators to work together to support and mitigate the level of burden that is put on the small business owners and employees that make up the very fabric of our state.”