The latest guidance on COVID variants, vaccines and socializing

A syringe is dropped into a sharps container.
A used syringe is fropped into a sharps container after a dose of the COVID-19 was administers at a Healthpartners drive up vaccination site in Bloomington, Minn., on Friday, March 5, 2021.
Evan Frost | MPR News

Gov. Tim Walz on Friday declared, “normalcy is on the horizon” and announced a string of rollbacks to COVID-19 restrictions.

The changes increase capacity at restaurants, houses of worship, gyms and other venues.

The announcement came the morning after the first confirmed case of the South African COVID-19 variant was discovered in the state.

Minnesota is not the only place rolling back restrictions.

Several other states have rescinded COVID-19 mitigation efforts, and earlier this week the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention relaxed its guidance on nursing homes and gatherings of vaccinated grandparents and their unvaccinated grandchildren.

How should we square the loosening of restrictions and the concern swirling around new variants?

Monday at 9 a.m., MPR News host Kerri Miller, a physician and an immunology researcher sorted through the latest science and answer listener phone calls.


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