The COVID-19 pandemic continues to present an unprecedented and rapidly evolving challenge to our State. Minnesota has taken extraordinary steps to prevent and respond to the pandemic, but our case numbers statewide have continued to rise and our hospitals are reaching capacity. The data demonstrates that we’re facing a long winter ahead––but together we can make an impact. While the present moment is challenging, we can begin to imagine the day a safe and effective vaccine becomes available.
Dial Back, Minnesota is a temporary pause of most social activities, in-person dining, sports, and indoor fitness activity. This four-week pause will be in place between November 20, 2020, through December 18, 2020. While some businesses can continue to offer goods and services in a safe manner, many others will again have to weather the challenge of adjusting their operations to “to-go” or virtual means. We hope these temporary changes will reduce the number of infections while safely supporting our schools, hospitals, and economy.
Another important development is that our testing options have expanded greatly. There is now a range of accessible choices available, all with quick and reliable results. Minnesota remains dedicated to providing no-barrier access to testing to everyone who needs it, at zero cost. As we continue to experience a growing demand for testing, we urge you to follow recommendations on who needs to be tested and when, and to make appointments ahead of time when you can.
We all must continue to do our part. Wearing a mask is simple; nearly everyone can do it. When paired with other steps, like social distancing, washing your hands, testing often, and by following the guidance closely, we can stay safe and slow the spread.