Last Updated 11:50pm CDT, 5/10/2021

Overview

Gov. Tim Walz’s plan to end COVID-19 restrictions calls for an end to the mask mandate on July 1. State officials announced that Minnesota’s community COVID-19 vaccination sites are now accepting walk-in appointments. The 2021 Basilica Block Party will go on in 2021 after being canceled the year before due to COVID-19; the two-day event usually happens in early July.

Stay At Home

Gov. Tim Walz’s plan to end COVID-19 restrictions calls for an end to the mask mandate on July 1. Officials do not think that undercounted snowbirds will have a significant impact on when restrictions can ultimately be dropped, though 44,000 Minnesotans spend their winters in warmer states.

Reopening

Minnesota’s hospitality industry says it lost $11 billion over the past year. Now, as the state’s restrictions ease up, restaurants, hotels and resorts are looking to fill jobs … fast. And that means companies are getting creative to bring in staff.

Closures

Some restaurants are replacing “Closed” signs with signs that say “Now Hiring.” It’s offering hope and opportunity to an industry that’s taken a hard hit during the pandemic. According to Hospitality Minnesota, employment numbers are still down in the industry, by about 100,000.

Vaccine

State officials announced that Minnesota’s community COVID-19 vaccination sites are now accepting walk-in appointments. Gov. Walz says, since Minnesotans under 18 need to receive consent from a parent or guardian, the state is encouraging parents, guardians and families to walk in and get vaccinated together.

Events

The 2021 Basilica Block Party will go on in 2021 after being canceled the year before due to COVID-19, according to organizers. The two-day event, which usually happens in early July, will now be postponed until Sept. 10-11.

Healthcare Status

Did staying home during the pandemic impact our immune systems? A medical expert spoke with WCCO about concerns that a year-plus spent social distancing and wearing masks may have an effect on overall health once we return back to normal.

Schools

Minneapolis Public Schools welcomed young students back to the classroom, starting with pre-kindergarten and kindergarten learners. The district has kept students in distance learning since last spring due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

How To Help

A north Minneapolis entrepreneur is getting rave reviews for his efforts to keep people safe from COVID-19 and Minnesota’s brutal winter. K.B. Brown is mixing the need to wear a mask with fashion by sewing the mask directly into the hoodie.

Public Transport

Metro Transit says service for many local bus routes, the Metro A line and the Metro C line have as much service as they did before the pandemic. Additionally, the light rail Blue Line and the Green Line are offering 10-minute service through the day.