It’s expected Governor Tim Walz will announce new restrictions today on bars, restaurants, fitness centers and youth sports, triggered by the surge of COVID cases in Minnesota. Sarah Winston, parent of a 17-year-old athlete who was in the I-C-U with COVID, says her children are already in 100-percent distance learning and their only outlet is athletics. “That means so much to their mental stability and I really do feel that really is a hundred percent what they need right now,” Winston says.
Governor Walz responds, “The desire to have these kids play, I understand how strong that is. But we’re at the point now, there’s not gonna be any coaches or referees or folks involved in this, because it is spreading at a rate that is going to start impacting on huge numbers.” The governor adds, “If you really want to get back to youth sports where we can gather together, where kids can travel and play in tournaments, where they can go and eat afterwards at Dairy Queen after they play a Little League game, we have to beat the virus.”