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Governor Walz eases restrictions regarding business practice during COVID-19 pandemic

Danae Milbrandt
Montevideo American-News

On Wednesday, Jan. 6, Governor Tim Walz attended a press conference where he signed Executive Order 21-03 and annoucned that Minnesota would safely adjust the dials and loosen current restrictions regarding the COVID-19 pandemic starting Monday, Jan. 11.

“As area healthcare facilities, pharmacies, and Countryside Public Health continue our vaccinations in Phase 1a, we encourage everyone to continue your diligence with masking up, social distancing, and staying home when sick!” said Andrea Mills, Public Information Officer at Countryside Public Health.

The state is currently in its first phase of its vaccination protocol, which includes roles such as EMS staff, law enforcement, fire departments, assisted living personnel and additional individuals that fall into the state-defined Phase 1A. At this point in time, Countryside Public Health is still continuing its COVID-19 vaccinations with additional vaccine clinics continually being scheduled. For more information regarding Phase 1A information, the link https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/vaccine/phase1aguide.pdf has more information. For more information regarding the state’s distribution of the vaccine, interested persons can visit https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/vaccine/stats/distrib.html.

The announcement eased business restrictions, allowing restaurants and bars to reopen with limited capacity. As the year progresses, the COVID-19 vaccine availability will be more accessible to the general public.

Countryside Public Health will continue to update the community regarding the COVID-19 virus, and those interested in keeping up with local COVID-19 data can visit https://countryside.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/cbc4f769e05a45a2abc3237531f4cdac.