Senator Champion statement on Gov. Walz Executive Order to shelter in place

St. Paul, Minn.— Gov. Tim Walz issued a Shelter-in-Place Executive Order today which asks residents to stay at home except for essential activities in order to slow the spread of coronavirus. This order will go in effect on Friday, March 27 at 11:59 p.m. until Friday, April 10. 

As the number of infections across the country continues to rise, many other states have announced similar measures. As of this morning, 16 states and a number of cities have announced stay-at-home orders. Minnesota is acting now to limit the spread of COVID-19 so our healthcare system is prepared to care for those that fall critically ill. 

So far, the stay-at-home orders that have been announced in various states all look pretty similar, requiring residents to stay indoors except for certain essential activities, which include buying food and seeking medical treatment. Officials have emphasized that the orders do not completely bar people from leaving their homes and have encouraged residents to take walks — provided they stay at least six feet away from anyone not in their household — and go to grocery stores.

This Executive Order also authorizes the Commissioner of Education to implement the distant learning plans until May 4.

Senator Bobby Joe Champion statement:

“This is not a time to panic or be fearful. People can still leave their homes to take care of the health and safety of anyone in their household, including pets. Restaurants will remain open for takeout and delivery, and people who provide other essential services such as delivering food, mail or packages, picking up garbage, and maintaining electrical systems should continue to go to work. You will be allowed to go outside, but you should restrict travel to essential activity. We can get through this together.”

“The change in person-to-person contacts including the two weeks of significant mitigation by 80 percent followed by physical distancing of three weeks – especially for our seniors and most vulnerable – will allow us to buy some time to make key preparations for the pandemic, change the peak time of the epidemic to 14 weeks vs nine weeks and puts the time to reach ICU capacity to 11 weeks. This will allow us to get more medical equipment in place, increase testing, not overwhelm our health care system too quickly, more time to improve existing treatments, assess new data and ultimately mitigate the spread of the virus.”

“I am committed to keeping residents up to date with information and resources on the best ways to protect you and your loved ones. If you haven’t signed up for my newsletter, please sign up to receive more information directly from my office: www.senate.mn/senatorchampion .”

“For more information about COVID-19, please go to the Department of Health website. A hotline is available at 651-201-3920 or 1-800-657-3903. You can also visit Gov. Walz’s website here.”

“As always, please contact me with your comments and suggestions on this issue or any other concerns I may be able to help you with. I can be reached by phone at 651-296-9246 — please leave a voicemail and I will follow up shortly — or by email at bobbyc@senate.mn.” 

Senator Bobby Joe Champion
Bobby Joe Champion represents District 59, which includes portions of downtown and north Minneapolis in Hennepin County. He is also an attorney.

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