Gov. Tim Walz Issues Two-Week Stay-at-Home Order
ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz issued a two-week-stay-at-home order during his Wednesday afternoon press conference.
The order will take effect Friday, March 27 at 11:59 p.m. and will be in place until Friday, April 10.
It directs Minnesotans to stay at home and limit their movements outside of home. Gov. Walz says this action will slow the spread of COVID-19.
The governor believes it is impossible to completely contain the virus, but says pushing back the peak of the pandemic will give time for more intensive care unit (ICU) beds to be created in the state and for healthcare facilities to get the personal protective equipment they need.
“The attempt here is to strike a proper balance of making sure that our economy can function, we protect the most vulnerable, we slow the rate to buy us time and build out or capacity to deal with this,” said Gov. Walz.
Walz wants Minnesotans to further limit social interaction. He says activities like getting outside, shopping for necessary supplies, traveling, and going to appointments can still happen, but that people should practice social distancing while doing so.
“This does not mean you don’t step out of your house,” explained Walz. “This does not mean that you can’t do some of the things that keep life functioning on, but it does mean that we’re getting more restrictive.”
Walz says the closure of bars, restaurants, and other public accommodations will be extended until May 1 at 5:00 p.m.
A Distance Learning Period will begin on March 30 and will last until May 4 for students throughout the state.
Under this order, Minnesotans will be able to leave their residence only to perform the following activities:
- 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
- Essential and interstate travel – such as returning to a home from outside this state
- Care of others – such as caring 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. This includes, but is not limited to, jobs in:
- Healthcare 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; and
- Critical manufacturing.
You can read the full order by clicking here.