Coronavirus Stay At Home Order: What's Open, Closed In Minnesota

This article originally appeared on the Southwest Minneapolis Patch

TWIN CITIES, MN — To slow the spread of the new coronavirus across the state, Gov. Tim Walz Wednesday signed Executive Order 20-20 directing Minnesotans to stay at home and limit movements outside of their home beyond essential needs.

This order takes effect at 11:59 p.m. Friday and is to end at 5 p.m. April 10.

Here's what will be open during the "stay at home" order:

  • Hospitals
  • Post offices
  • Hardware stores
  • Banks
  • Funeral homes
  • Gas stations
  • News organizations
  • Child care facilities
  • Liquor stores
  • Convenience stores
  • Food shelves
  • Pharmacies
  • Grocery stores
  • Farmers markets
  • Food Banks
  • Bakeries
  • Take-out and delivery restaurants
  • State legislature
  • Clinics
  • Hospitals

Here's what will be closed during the two-week period. Note that this is not a complete list of closures:

  • Dine-in restaurants
  • Salons and barder shops
  • Tattoo parlors
  • Country clubs
  • Concert halls
  • Movie theaters
  • Bowling alleys
  • Playgrounds
  • Arcades
  • Museums
  • Zoos
  • Gyms and fitness studios
  • Entertainment venues
  • Bars and nightclubs

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Minnesotans may leave their residences only to perform any of the following activities, and should practice social distancing while doing so:

  • Health and safety activities, such as obtaining emergency services or medical supplies.
  • Outdoor activities, such as walking, hiking, running, biking, hunting or fishing.
  • Necessary supplies and services, such as getting groceries, gasoline or carry-out food.
  • Essential and interstate travel, such as returning to a home from outside this state.
  • Care of others, such as for a family member, friend or pet in another household.
  • Displacement, such as moving between emergency shelters if you are without a home.
  • Relocation to ensure safety, such as relocating to a different location if your home has been unsafe due to domestic violence, sanitation or essential operations reasons.
  • Tribal activities and lands, such as activities by members within the boundaries of their tribal reservation.

Workers who work in critical sectors during this time are exempt from the stay-at-home order. These exemptions are based on federal guidance from the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, with some Minnesota-specific additions.

This includes, but is not limited to, jobs in:

  • Health care and public health
  • Law enforcement, public safety and first responders
  • Emergency shelters, congregate living facilities, drop-in centers
  • Child care
  • Food and agriculture
  • News media
  • Energy
  • Water and wastewater
  • Critical manufacturing

"We must take bold action to save the lives of Minnesotans," Walz said. "Having served as a command sergeant major 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 Minnesota time to ready for battle."

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