Minnesota Governor Tim Walz orders what could easily be understood as a stoppage of life in the name of coronavirus.
The term "Draconian" has been used often over the course of the disastrous year we know as 2020. This particular mandate however is quite fitting to assign the adjective "Draconian" because what has been declared by Minnesota's governor suits as such in every sense of the word. If anybody in that state believes for a second he won't drag this out, they're only kidding themselves.In the wake of the governor's order kids not only aren't allowed to play hockey inside, but the mandate also covers outside on ponds, lakes, and any form of ice or playing surface!
Gov. Tim Walz has ordered a four-week shutdown of bars, restaurants, entertainment venues and fitness clubs, starting Friday, to slow the COVID-19 pandemic that has caused more than 3,000 deaths in Minnesota and threatens to overwhelm hospital capacity.
The governor on Wednesday also ordered a pause on amateur sports and limited social gatherings to individual households — down from a cap imposed last week of 10 people from three households.
While Minnesotans are weary of the pandemic and endured a broader 51-day state shutdown last spring, Walz said this latest order could keep more Minnesotans healthy and more hospital beds available until a vaccine becomes available.
“I know that hospitalizations are going to continue to go up for the next few weeks and I know that the death numbers will continue to go up for the next few weeks,” Walz said. “But the bright spot of this is, the moves we take now will start to bend that at just the time when the potential for a vaccine is coming. That’s what’s different, Minnesota, this time.”
Walz attempted a targeted response last week by restricting the sizes of wedding and funeral receptions and ordering bars and restaurants to close everything but takeout service by 10 p.m. The goal was to focus on group gathering locations where large outbreaks have occurred, but Walz and state Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm said rapid changes in the pandemic forced broader action.Click or tap the image for full size