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Rep. Mekeland responds to Gov’s extension of restrictions

Wednesday, December 16, 2020


ST. PAUL – State Rep. Shane Mekeland, R, Clear Lake, issued the following statement after Gov. Tim Walz announced Wednesday that he will extend shutdowns and restrictions of Minnesota businesses into the new year, with some moderate easing: 

“The governor’s arbitrary, inconsistent and irrational decisions are in no way, shape or form tied to science or data,” Mekeland said. “The governor’s own figures show a minute number of covid-19 cases, less than 1 percent, are linked to bars and restaurants, yet he keeps them on lockdown and suggests outdoor dining during a Minnesota winter is viable? It’s outrageous. Kids can now gather to practice sports but not play games? What data supports this? Bad things happen when one person makes all the state’s decisions and we’ve been living under this for nine months and counting. Someone needs to grab the wheel from the governor before he completely runs our state into the ditch, if we’re not already there. Unfortunately, House Democrats have blocked every effort to end his unilateral powers.” 


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