Minnesota Liquor Stores Deemed 'Essential' During Coronavirus

William Bornhoft

This article originally appeared on the Maple Grove Patch

TWIN CITIES, MN — Minnesota liquor stores are exempt from Gov. Tim Walz's "stay at home" executive order to stem the spread of the new coronavirus. Executive Order 20-20 directs 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.

The two-week order to stay home is forecast to significantly slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus and allow the state time to make key preparations for the pandemic. These preparations include building hospital capacity, increasing access to life-saving equipment such as ventilators, increasing testing, planning for how to care for vulnerable populations, and assessing public health data to determine which community mitigation strategies are most effective.

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Grocery stores and convenience stores will also be allowed to stay open.

Read more about the executive order, and what can and cannot be open, here.