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:
Child care facilities
Take-out and delivery restaurants
Here's what will be closed during the two-week period. Note that this is not a complete list of closures:
Salons and barder shops
Gyms and fitness studios
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
Food and agriculture
Water and wastewater
"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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