Gov. Tim Walz announced a "stay home" order for Minnesotans to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in the state.
Walz made the announcement by video March 25, as he is self-quarantining after a member of his security detail tested positive for coronavirus. Walz said he's putting in place "significant mitigation" for two weeks, planned to reduce person-to-person contact by 80%.
The "Stay at Home" order extends from 11:59 p.m. March 27 to 5 p.m. April 10, directing Minnesotans not to leave their homes except for essential needs.
According to Walz, people will be allowed to leave their residences for the following, but should practice social distancing while doing them:
- 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 the 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
The closure of bars and restaurants is extended to May 1, and schools will continue distance learning until May 4. Walz said liquor stores will remain open.
"Minnesotans, we're in this together," said Walz. "We're asking you to buckle up for the next two weeks."
Under this order, workers who are considered essential are:
- Health care and public health
- Law enforcement, public safety and first responders
- Child care
- Food and agriculture
- News media
- Water and wastewater
- Critical manufacturing