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Legislative Update- November 16, 2020

Monday, November 16, 2020

Dear neighbors, 

I’d like to start by thanking the people of Minnetonka, Plymouth, and Woodland for the opportunity to serve our community for another two years. Returning to the Minnesota House of Representatives is an honor, and I’m excited to continue working with you.  

New COVID-19 Measures 

Unfortunately, we’re experiencing a significant surge in COVID-19 cases in Minnesota. Last week, Governor Walz introduced a series of targeted steps to help curb the spread of the virus. Bars and restaurants must end dine-in service at 10 p.m. and close counter seating and service. There is a 10-person limit for indoor and outdoor gatherings, and all gatherings should be limited to members of three households or less. Capacity limits for larger events, such as weddings and funerals, will be phased in and eventually capped at 25 people. You can find more information about the new restrictions here.  

This is a dangerous time for Minnesotans. Each of us must do our part to slow the spread of COVID-19. In addition to following the new restrictions, please continue to wear a mask, social distance by at least six feet, and stay home if you’re not feeling well. Public health officials are also encouraging Minnesotans to get tested for COVID-19. You can find a testing site near you here.  

November Special Session 

The Minnesota Legislature has continued meeting for special sessions each month. The November special session took place last Thursday, November 12. Due to the recent spike in cases and concerns about hospitals’ capacity to treat Minnesotans with COVID-19, we once again chose to keep Governor Walz’s emergency orders in place. While the ongoing fight against COVID-19 is exhausting, we can’t afford to be complacent. My friend and colleague Dr. Alice Mann took a moment on Friday to remind us what’s at stake. I encourage you to listen to her remarks here.  

As always, you can reach me at or 651-296-9934. Please continue to share questions and feedback and let me know if I can be of assistance. Also, feel free to forward this newsletter to friends or neighbors who may be interested in receiving updates from the Capitol. Anyone is welcome to subscribe to my newsletter here. For additional updates, you can follow my official Facebook page here.  


Patty Acomb  
State Representative