This afternoon, Governor Walz announced Phase 3 of reopening the economy, which begins Wednesday, June 10th. Today’s announcement allows indoor dining to open at 50% capacity, with safety measures like masks and social distancing. Salons and personal services will increase to 50% capacity as well, with all the same safety measures they are currently using.
New openings will include pools opening at 50% capacity, fitness centers and theaters at 25% capacity up to 250 people, and churches at 50% capacity or up to 250 people. Additionally, Phase 3 includes social gatherings of 25 people or less. More information on these new guidelines can be found here.
While this is another step in the right direction, I am disappointed that these restrictions still appear to be arbitrary and not based in science. Instead of keeping businesses closed or severely reduced, we need to focus our efforts on protecting our nursing homes and long-term care facilities so we can begin the process of rebuilding our economy.
It's time for the peacetime emergency to end and for regular, legislative order to return. Let’s work together and rebuild Minnesota.
Have a good weekend,