Governor Tim Walz is easing restrictions on gatherings of family and friends, and allowing retail and other main street businesses to re-open Monday as long as they have COVID safety plans — but the governor indicates Minnesotans must now re-double their COVID safety efforts:

“We are still in the heart of this pandemic, and this can go in a bad direction very quickly. We must keep this virus at a simmer and not a boil.”

Walz says a month ago the state got an “A” for social distancing, but last week the grade was “D”:

“It’s not acceptable. Minnesotans, we pride ourselves in our exceptionalism. We love to be the best at things, and one of those things that we are best at is looking out for our neighbors. We can, must and will do better.”

The governor urges Minnesotans, work from home if you can, wear masks when you go shopping and stay close to home. He says people should not be in groups of larger than ten, should get tested when they have symptoms and stay home if they’re sick.