What's Open, What's Closed During Minnesota's 'Pause' Order: List

William Bornhoft
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TWIN CITIES, MN — Gov. Tim Walz Wednesday announced a "four-week pause" to combat the latest spike in coronavirus cases, hospitalizations, and deaths in the state. Walz says because cases have quickly "skyrocketed," the state must move fast to relieve pressure on hospitals, which are nearing capacity.

Minnesota's surge in coronavirus deaths and cases continued Thursday, with a second-consecutive day of record-breaking deaths. A total of 72 deaths were reported Thursday, along with 7,877 new cases of the virus.

The previous daily record was 67 deaths, which was reported Wednesday.

Here's what you need to know about Walz's latest COVID-19 order

Beginning Friday, Nov. 20, at 11:59 p.m. and lasting until Friday, Dec. 18, the following will restrictions will be in place:

  • In-person social gatherings with individuals outside your household are prohibited

  • Bars and restaurants are dialed back to take-out and delivery service only

  • Gyms, fitness studios, entertainment venues, event spaces, and similar establishments will need to close

  • Adult and youth sports are paused

The following can remain open, as long as they follow the previously-established guidelines:

  • Malls, stores, shops and other places of retail

  • Salons, parlors, barbers

  • Churches, synagogues, mosques, and other places of worship

  • Childcare

  • Professional and collegiate sports events

  • Schools

    • Schools will continue to operate under the Safe Learning Plan, with many districts now switching to "distance learning" as cases spike

This article originally appeared on the Southwest Minneapolis Patch