ST. PAUL, Minn. – Governor Walz announced a peacetime emergency Friday, providing new measures to mitigate the effects of COVID-19 in Minnesota. In response, Senator Karla Bigham (DFL-Cottage Grove) released the following statement:
“Governor Walz, in consultation with our state’s public health officials, members of the executive branch, and other constitutional officers, are taking this situation seriously and have announced a series of measures that are putting the health and wellbeing of Minnesotans first,” said Senator Bigham. “I encourage members of our community to follow the guidelines being proposed, and to make decisions in the interest of our most vulnerable community members like senior citizens and people with underlying health conditions.”
The community mitigation efforts proposed by Governor Walz and the Department of Health include:
- Cancel or postpone large events in excess of 250 people gathered together;
- Ensure space for social distancing of six feet per person at smaller events and gatherings (less than 250 people); and
- Limit gatherings with participants at high risk for severe disease to less than 10 people.
More information about these community mitigation efforts and other updates about COVID-19 are available at the Minnesota Department of Health website here: https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/index.html.