ST. PAUL (LEARFIELD) – Governor Tim Walz strongly hinted yesterday (Tues) that he could extend COVID closures of bars, restaurants and health clubs beyond December 18th.

Walz points to the spike in the pandemic, even though a vaccine is on the horizon.

“I just think I have to be as candid with Minnesotans as possible,” said Gov. Walz. “Our hospitals are at the highest capacity they’ve been, our death rates for the last week was as high as any week in this pandemic, and our case-positivity rate is the highest it’s been.”

However, House Republican Minority Leader Kurt Daudt offered some differing advice to the governor.

“Let’s try to figure out how to get businesses open safely, let’s not try to figure out how to get businesses closed,” said Daudt.

Daudt said he’d like to see looser restrictions on health clubs and movie theaters as part of the state aid package lawmakers are working on for bars and restaurants.