SAINT PAUL, MN— Today, in an effort to further mitigate the spread of COVID-19, Governor Tim Walz ordered the temporary closure of Minnesota restaurants and bars to dine-in customers as well as the closure of other places of public gatherings through an executive order. The order is effective March 17th at 5:00 p.m. until March 27 at 5:00 p.m. The Governor also announced action to strengthen Minnesota’s Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund and ensure affected establishments have benefits available for workers who are not able to work through a separate executive order.
“The decision by the Governor to temporarily close restaurants and bars is a measured effort to further strengthen Minnesota’s response and preparedness in tackling the increased spread of COVID-19,” said Senate DFL Leader Susan Kent. “I’m grateful the Governor is also taking action to address the impact this will have on small businesses across the state. I look forward to working with my colleagues in the legislature to continue supporting workers and small business owners affected by these closures.”
“Ensuring the health and safety of Minnesotans is the highest priority as the state grapples with a growing number of confirmed cases of COVID-19, and as the virus continues to spread. I appreciate that the governor is making the necessary decisions to make sure we are all healthy and safe as we wade through this uncharted territory,” said Senator Bobby Joe Champion, ranking DFL member of the Jobs and Economic Growth Finance and Policy Committee. “I understand and empathize with workers, owners, and employers and I am hopeful we can pass legislation to mitigate the financial burdens this protection action will have on these important businesses and their employees.”