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