In an effort to combat and slow down the spread of COVID-19, Governor Walz issued a Stay-at-Home Order that went into effect on Friday, March 27 at 11:59 a.m. and will last until April 10 at 5 p.m.
Minnesotans are being asked to adhere to the Stay-at-Home order for the duration of the allotted period to help buy more time for the health sector to prepare for and mitigate the impact too many sick patients could have. While Minnesotans stay home and assist in flattening the curve, the health care industry can facilitate preparations such as increasing access to ventilators, creating and administering more COVID-19 tests, increasing greater hospital capacity, and planning care for vulnerable populations. According to studies performed by the Minnesota Department of Health and the University of Minnesota, if efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 are not taken, over 70,000 could die in Minnesota alone. Adhering to the Stay-at-Home Order is one of the many steps we can take to save lives.
What activities are deemed permissible under the stay-at-home order?
- Health and safety activities, such as obtaining emergency services or medical supplies
- Outdoor activities, such as walking pets, hiking, running, biking, hunting, or fishing
- Necessary supplies and services, such as getting groceries, gasoline, or carry-out
- Essential and interstate travel, such as returning to home from outside this state
- Care of others, such as caring for a family member, friend, or pet in another household
- Displacement, such as moving between emergency or homeless shelters if you are without a home
- Relocation to ensure safety, such as relocating to a different location if your home has been unsafe due to domestic violence, sanitation, or essential operations reasons
- Tribal activities & lands, such as activities by members within the boundaries of their tribal reservations
- Funerals, provided that the gathering consists of no more than 10 attendees and the space utilized allows for social distancing (six feet spacing between people). Venues should make accommodations for remote attendance, if possible, for others. Individuals who are at high risk from COVID-19 are strongly encouraged to attend remotely.
For more information regarding the Stay-at-Home Order and what it means for day-to-day life in Minnesota, please visit the governor’s new COVID-19 website.