SAINT PAUL – Today, Governor Tim Walz signed several important Executive Orders. Sen. Dziedzic (DFL-Minneapolis) applauds his actions to protect renters, homeowners, and small business owners during the Peacetime Emergency. These protections include protection from evictions and foreclosures and establishing the Peacetime Emergency Loan program.
“Having safe and stable housing is critical, not only during this time, but going forward,” Sen. Dziedzic said. “As Minnesotans are told to stay inside their homes to slow the spread of this virus and keep people safe, eviction notices could complicate our efforts. This important Executive Order 20-14 will suspend eviction proceedings during the COVID-19 emergency. Without this order, some of the state’s most vulnerable people could lose the homes – and that is not in the best interest of public health and public safety.”
The order says tenants who can continue to pay rent during the peacetime emergency should continue to do so, but landlords and financial institutions cannot begin eviction proceedings that would remove tenants from their homes.
Governor Walz also signed Executive Order 20-15 today that authorizes the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) to establish a Small Business Emergency Loan program for small businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I receive calls and emails every day from small businesses who are forced to shut their doors and have no source of income. These small businesses are really suffering from the pandemic, and I’m afraid many of them will not survive the economic hardship of closing down,” Sen. Dziedzic said. “Our local small businesses to having access to an emergency loan program to help them pay their bills and get them through this terrible time could make all the difference in the world in helping them open their doors back up once we are past this pandemic.”