By WCCO-TV Staff

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz says changes will be announced to the dial-back restrictions for businesses and social gatherings, but a return to normal isn’t expected.

Teddy Tschann, the governor’s communications director, said Tuesday night that Walz will unveil a strategy “that prioritizes in-person learning for elementary students and continues to protect health care capacity by keeping indoor dining at bars and restaurants on pause through the holiday season.”

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Tschann also says Gov. Walz’s plan, which he will announce Wednesday at 1:15 p.m., will “help bridge the gap to vaccination.”

The current dial-back restrictions are set to expire at the end of the week. The restrictions also shut down high school and other organized youth sports, which is the subject of a lawsuit.

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Walz’s official announcement on restrictions will come just a day and a half after the Minnesota Legislature passed a $216 million relief package aimed at businesses and workers who took the biggest hit from the four-week “pause,” which was ordered amid increasing COVID-19 cases that threatened to overload hospitals.

Walz attended a press conference at the Minneapolis VA hospital Tuesday morning as vaccine shots began being administered in the state.

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