LIVE: Walz Announces Stay at Home Executive Order for Minnesotans
ST. PAUL, Minn.–Governor Tim Walz signed an Executive Order on Wednesday directing Minnesotans to stay at home for two weeks.
The order takes effect at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, March 27 and ends at 5 p.m. on Friday, April 10.
Walz said, “We must take bold action to save the lives of Minnesotans. Having served as a Command Sergeant in the Army National Guard, I know the importance of having a plan. While the virus will still be here when this order ends, this action will slow the spread of COVID-19 and give Minnesotans time to ready for battle.”
The governor’s two-week order is meant to help build hospital capacity, increase access to life-saving equipment, increase testing and assess public data to determine more effective community mitigation strategies.
The order states Minnesotans may leave their residences only to perform any of the following activities, and while doing so, should practice social distancing.
- Health and safety activities such as obtaining emergency services or medical supplies
- Outdoor activities such as walking, hunting or fishing
- Necessary Supplies and services such as getting groceries, gasoline or carry out.
- Essential and Interstate travel
- Care of others such as caring for a family member, friend or pet
- Displacement such as moving between emergency shelters
- Relocation to ensure saftey
- Tribal activities and lands such as activities by members within the boundaries of their tribal reservation.
Essential workers in critical sectors are exempt from the stay at home order. These include, but are not limited to:
- Law enforcement, public safety, and first responders;
- Emergency shelters, congregate living facilities, drop-in centers;
- Child care;
- Food and agriculture;
- News media;
- Water and wastewater; and
- Critical manufacturing
Governor Walz also issued Executive Orders extending the closure of bars and restaurants.
For more information and FAQ’s visit: https://mn.gov/governor/covid-19/