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Statement from Rep. Shane Mekeland re: Walz re-opening guidance

Wednesday, May 20, 2020


ST. PAUL – State Rep. Shane Mekeland, R-Clear Lake, issued the following statement regarding the re-opening guidance released Wednesday by the Gov. Tim Walz administration.

“This is nowhere near enough progress in re-opening our state and the governor’s guidance is arbitrary, inconsistent and nonsensical,” Mekeland said. “A hairdresser can accommodate 25 percent capacity, but a bar or restaurant is forbidden to let anyone inside. You can walk up and down the aisles at big box-stores all you want, but you better not be the 11thperson down the aisle at church or you won’t get in. And ceremonies to recognize the Class of 2020 are still banned, but at least you can go shopping at the state’s largest candy store to buy them a goodie bag. The governor’s excessive restrictions on churches, limiting them to 10 people inside, is the most glaring problem I have with his announcement and I hope he will reconsider his decision to leave them behind.”


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