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Gov. Walz extends Peacetime Emergency Order

Gov. Walz extends Peacetime Emergency Order Photo: State of Minnesota

Updated: September 11, 2020 03:31 PM

Gov. Tim Walz signed Executive Order 20-89 on Friday, extending the peacetime emergency that was been put in place to allow the state flexibility in dealing with the changing status in the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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The peacetime emergency was first declared in March. According to a release from the governor's office, the peacetime emergency protects Minnesotans against evictions and wage garnishment. It provides additional PPE and other equipment needed and allows the state to re-open following the advice of public health experts. The order also requires Minnesotans to wear a face covering in certain settings to prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

The Executive Order has been extended through Oct. 12, unless it is rescinded or terminated by a majority vote of each house of the Legislature. 

Read the full Executive Order.

"My top priority remains the health and safety of Minnesotans," Gov. Walz said in a release. "The COVID-19 pandemic is not over, and the next stages of this virus continue to threaten our state. Today we extend our peacetime emergency, giving Minnesota the tools to quickly respond to this rapidly-evolving virus as we approach the fall and winter."

President Trump declared a national emergency related to COVID-19 on March 13. The president has approved major disaster declarations for all fifty states and the District of Columbia.

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