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Walz extends Minnesota stay-at-home order for 2 weeks

Walz extends Minnesota stay-at-home order for 2 weeks Photo: WDIO-TV

Updated: April 30, 2020 04:01 PM

Governor Tim Walz has announced that Minnesota's Stay at Home order will be extended for two weeks.

The Stay at Home order was scheduled to expire on Monday, May 4 but will be extended until Monday, May 18, with some modifications. Retail businesses and other non-critical businesses will be able to resume operations with curbside pick-up.

In order to open, Walz said businesses must:

  • Develop and publicly post a plan for how to open safely.
  • Use online payment whenever possible.
  • Employees and customers should wear masks and protective equipment.
  • In curbside pick-up scenarios, social distancing guidelines apply.
  • If possible, customers should not leave their vehicle. In delivery scenarios, items should be deposited outside a customer’s residence.

During his announcement, Walz encouraged Minnesotans who are able to telework to continue teleworking during this time.

Additionally, Walz strongly encouraged all Minnesotans to wear a manufactured or homemade mask at all times when they leave their homes to any place where social distancing is difficult.

During Walz's announcement, he announced a number of milestones Minnesotans have made by staying home, including:

  • Announced a landmark testing strategy that will allow us to complete up to 20,000 tests a day and test every symptomatic Minnesotan.
  • Built hospital capacity and finalized a lease on an alternate care site to make sure that all Minnesotans who need care can receive it.
  • Worked to acquire more personal protective equipment to protect our frontline workers.

“From building out critical hospital capacity to launching a landmark testing strategy, Minnesota has made meaningful progress in preparing for the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Walz said. “Minnesotans have made this possible by staying home and holding down the rate of infection. But now is not the time for sudden movements. There’s more work to be done, and we need to keep this virus at a simmer, not a boil. Our action today prioritizes the safety of Minnesotans while taking cautious, strategic steps toward getting people safely back to work.”

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