Minnesota Republicans on Wednesday ripped Democratic Gov. Tim Walz after he issued a four-week prohibition on social gatherings, fitness centers and in-person dining at restaurants and bars, saying he was hurting small businesses.
Mr. Walz announced that the shutdown restrictions would kick in at 11:59 p.m. Friday and remain in effect until Dec. 18 as novel coronavirus cases continue to rise and deaths surpassed 3,000 statewide.
“We are at a breaking point,” Mr. Walz said in a statement. “As hospitals near the crisis of turning away new patients, continuing as things are is simply not sustainable. The actions announced today will help prevent more families from losing a loved one and ensure our hospitals can treat those who fall ill.”
Republican Party of Minnesota Chairwoman Jennifer Carnahan said that the governor’s “unilateral decisions to shut down our economy again is disconcerting, especially as we enter the holiday season.”
“This has already been a difficult year for Minnesota’s small businesses