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Walz to issue timeline for lifting all COVID-19 restrictions

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz speaks from the Governor's Reception room at the State Capitol, to discuss the latest steps in his response to COVID-19, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020, in St. Paul, Minn. (Glen Stubbe/Star Tribune via AP, Pool)

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov Tim Walz plans to announce a timeline on Thursday for lifting all COVID-19 restrictions in Minnesota while doubling down on the state’s vaccination push.

Walz will announce his plan in a live address at noon, followed by a news conference. Walz has not given details but said Tuesday that “Minnesotans should start assuming that they’re going to have a very normal-looking summer.”

The governor and health officials announced earlier Wednesday that 2 million Minnesotans have now completed the vaccination process. About 59% of the 16-and-over population has had at least one dose, and nearly 46% have completed the series.

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