According to a new emergency order by Gov. Tim Walz there will be a pause on youth and adult sports in Minnesota starting Friday at midnight.
The news of the order comes after a briefing by the governor on Wednesday night explaining a wide variety of restrictions that are to be rolled out across the state. Walz insisted that athletes around the state have made many sacrifices every time they have been asked too, but added that this pause will be influential in slowing the spread of COVID-19 throughout the state.
“I understand. It’s not easy, and it’s not fair. But it’s a sacrifice that we need to make. If we don’t do that, and we continue this spread, we will with absolutely certainty put our hospitals at risk and those that need the care,” Walz said.
This sports pause is set to last until Dec 18. At midnight. According to a tweet from the Minnesota State high School League’s John Milea, the emergency order covers both outdoor and indoor sports through the league. The order also includes practices, group workouts, games and tournaments.
As of Wednesday night, there was no official word from the Perham-Dent School district on the news, as both the Yellowjacket football and volleyball teams are scheduled to play in the coming week.
"Just to be clear: No one thinks that this is easy. And no one thinks this is fair in how it's hitting,” Walz said. “This virus is not fair.”