The crackdown has started at last — late, but better late than never. Just in time for Thanksgiving!
Most prominently, the state is telling Minnesotans not to gather with anyone outside of their immediate household, just a week before the Thanksgiving holiday.
In addition: Indoor and outdoor dining will be prohibited, limiting restaurants and bars to takeout service only. Public pools, rec centers, gyms, fitness and dance studios and indoor entertainment venues like theaters and bowling alleys will also be closed.
Wedding receptions, celebrations and private parties are also not allowed under the new orders, though wedding ceremonies, funerals and other religious events are allowed if they follow current capacity and social distancing rules.
This is good. Shut down this nonsense now.
Unfortunately, there is some bad news.
The order also puts organized sports — for youth and adults — on pause, but allows professional and college sports to continue, under certain restrictions.
Retail, salons, places of worship, other activities will operate under restrictions already in place.
You know what this means, sports fans and church-goers! The state is just fine with you getting sick and dying. That’s no skin off my nose, since I don’t belong to either group, but I think you ought to be protesting and demanding equal respect. Close the churches and the sports arenas too!