Gov. Tim Walz announced that starting Wednesday churches that follow social distancing guidelines will be able to hold services — as long as the gatherings don’t exceed 25 percent of a building’s capacity.
The 32 deaths reported by the Minnesota Department of Health Thursday represents the highest one-day death toll of the COVID-19 pandemic so far. MDH also reported an additional 530 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Minnesota.
With revenues drying up and expenses mounting, officials say they need more help from Congress to continue serving residents.
State lawmakers passed a six-month extension for all teacher licenses that were set to expire after June 30.
Starting June 1, bars and restaurants will be able to serve customers outdoors if they adhere to certain restrictions. The state will also allow hair salons, barbershops and tattoo parlors to reopen.
And how one proposal — linking the two issues to regulatory reform — may offer a possible preview of a deal to be had when the Legislature convenes for a special session.
The Minnesota Department of Health also reported Tuesday 665 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, bringing the total known count to 17,029.
The bill requires that any meeting at the Minnesota Capitol of the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council, which recommends millions in state spending on conservation projects, must be streamed live and archived online.
A look at all the people, issues and customs that got forgotten, left behind or disappeared during one of the most unique legislative sessions in Minnesota history.
The problem: Even if the administration prefers to work with the Legislature, lawmakers know the governor can act without legislative authority.
In a televised speech Wednesday, the governor said he is still keeping bars, restaurants, gyms and salons closed, though his administration is developing plans for those businesses to reopen by June 1.
The expiration of Minnesota’s stay-at-home order does not end many restrictions on public gatherings, including a ban on large in-person religious services and eating at restaurants.
Under his state of emergency powers declared in response to the coronavirus pandemic, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz could potentially order the state to move to an all vote-by-mail election.
A plan to expand the number of contact tracers tracking coronavirus cases in Minnesota has become a flashpoint in the increasingly partisan debate over Minnesota’s response to the pandemic.
The bill requires pharmaceutical companies to report to the state when pricing for certain prescription drugs exceeds increases outlined in the bill. The bill also requires the Minnesota Department of Health to post the information on a public website.
The Minnesota Department of Health also announced Friday another 26 Minnesotans have died of COVID-19, bringing the total number of deaths in the state to 534.
Mask-wearing at the statehouse has become a partisan preference, with DFLers far more likely to wear face coverings than Republicans.
The main provision of the bill expands the voluntary use of no-excuse absentee voting in a year when — due to fears over COVID-19 — the staffing of regular polling is expected to be difficult.
Minnesota’s Department of Health wants to hire as many as 4,000 contact tracers as part of a massive effort to identify and isolate those who have COVID-19 — and those who’ve been in contact with the infected.
The Minnesota Department of Health also said Wednesday there have been 8,579 total confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Minnesota, up 728 from Tuesday’s count.