Unfortunately, Walz was borderline incoherent on Wednesday when announcing his plan for re-opening businesses, churches, etc.
Bars and restaurants in Minnesota can open June 1 for outdoor service under a revised COVID-19 response strategy announced by Gov. Tim Walz on Wednesday that also allows for limited reopening of hair salons and campgrounds.
While COVID-19 remains a growing concern — causing 777 deaths and 17,670 lab-confirmed infections so far in Minnesota — Walz said beloved summertime activities can take place amid the pandemic with precautions.
“While the virus won’t yet allow for business as usual, let’s do what we do best after winter in Minnesota and head outside. Whether it’s a Jucy Lucy, a plate of tamales, or a walleye dinner, Minnesotans can support their local restaurant by enjoying a socially distanced meal outdoors,” Walz said.
Outdoor patios and serving areas will be limited to 50 patrons at a time who are encouraged to wear masks and must make reservations — which among other things will make it easier for state investigators to identify their close contacts if they end up infected later on. Employees must wear masks.
Similarly, salons will only be allowed to operate at 25% capacity, and stylists and customers will need to don masks.
And what about churches?
Churches can only have 10 people or less outdoors while bars and restaurants can have up to 50. No, I don't know why either.— Tom Hauser (@thauserkstp) May 20, 2020
The governor seemed to suggest who will show up to churches is less "predictable" than who will show up in bars/restaurants. They have not specified the science guiding any of this.— Tom Hauser (@thauserkstp) May 20, 2020
The pastor of the church my wife and I attend didn't take this very well.
😡😡😡😡😡— (Dr.) Nate Ruch (@nateruch) May 20, 2020
The question was: “why people can gather in larger numbers but CHURCHES are singled out as unsafe?” The Governor says he has no answer for the discrepancy? Really difficult to understand how this is science?— (Dr.) Nate Ruch (@nateruch) May 20, 2020
On Wednesday evening, the Minnesota Catholic Conference and the Lutheran Church — Missouri Synod (LCMS) indicated they would not be complying with the Governor's order. No word if AG Keith Ellison will attempt to fine church officials. That'd be a good look, eh?
In the end, it's good to be a public sector employee during this pandemic.
DFL Donors get:— Andrew Wagner (@andrewwagner) May 20, 2020
✅ Open phone line with the Gov (MNA)
✅ Bills to guarantee pay/employment (EdMN)
✅ An agency to jam thru pay hikes (AFSCME)
✅ No criticism on opening casinos (Tribes)
Biz owners on the brink of collapse get fines and lawsuits.#mnleg