Last Updated 3:35pm CDT, 9/11/2020

Overview

Gov. Tim Walz will keep his COVID-19 emergency powers for another month. The governor extended Minnesota’s peacetime emergency on Sept. 11. The beer-centric bar/restaurant HopCat announced Wednesday that it has permanently closed, becoming the latest establishment to exit downtown since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the benchmarks being tracked by the health department, there are still a number of factors by which Minnesota has not proven to be moving in the right direction, including an overall rolling average positivity rate just above 5%.

Stay At Home

Gov. Tim Walz will keep his COVID-19 emergency powers for another month. The governor extended Minnesota’s peacetime emergency on Sept. 11. Senate Republicans voted to block the extension during today’s special session, but House Democrats upheld it. This means the governor can continue to react to COVID-19 without waiting for approval from the legislature.

Reopening

Five long months since COVID-19 closed its doors, AMC’s mega movie theaters are welcoming customers back. To celebrate AMC’s 100th anniversary, their first-day-only admission prices rolled back to 1920 — the last time you could sit and enjoy a film for just 15 cents.

Closures

The beer-centric bar/restaurant HopCat announced Wednesday that it has permanently closed, becoming the latest establishment to exit downtown since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Other restaurants to close in downtown Minneapolis during the pandemic include The Butcher and the Boar, The Bachelor Farmer, 508, and Moose & Sadie’s café.

Events

The Minnesota Vikings say the family of George Floyd will be inside U.S. Bank Stadium for Sunday’s home opener against the Green Bay Packers. In a statement Friday morning, the team said the Floyd family will be recognized following warmups and the playing of “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” which is often referred to as the Black national anthem. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, no fans will be inside the stadium.

Healthcare Status

As of now, Minnesota remains in its holding pattern when it comes to turning back the dial. According to the benchmarks being tracked by the health department, there are still a number of factors by which Minnesota has not proven to be moving in the right direction, including an overall rolling average positivity rate just above 5%, along with the percentage of cases that were the result of community spread.

Schools

Schools are now in session statewide in what is a very different type of school year. Students across the state are learning in person, distance only, or a hybrid of the two.

How To Help

A Twin Cities woman is putting the sudden downturn in retail to good use. The extra time forced Sarah Murphy to re-visit her passion and protect others in the process.

Public Transport

Metro Transit announced that on Sept. 12 service for many local bus routes, the Metro A line and the Metro C line will have as much service as they did before the pandemic. Additionally, the light rail Blue Line and the Green Line will offer 10-minute service through the day.

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