As a recommendation from the CDC, Governor Walz announced an executive order this week that will extend the current stay-at-home order in place. Minnesota will now practice and implement further social distancing measures until May 4, as opposed to the former end date of April 10. Executive Order 20-33 also extends the closure of bars, restaurants, and other public accommodations to this date.
As Minnesota’s total laboratory-confirmed COVID cases has risen to 1,154 and total number of fatalities to 39 individuals, further social distancing will be required to postpone the severity of the impact of COVID-19 until the necessary resources and infrastructure to handle the surge are in place.
Minnesota has done well at social distancing and as bought some much needed time before we see the peak of cases here. By extending the stay-at-home order, we will buy ourselves additional time to prepare by manufacturing and purchasing resources such as ventilators (which increase the likelihood of survival of a patient in need by 10 times), building hospital infrastructure, and organizing hospitals for the pandemic’s peak. Should Minnesota continue this social distancing, it is estimated the peak would be pushed out to July.
The administration is working diligently to evaluate the best ways to protect our citizens while helping small businesses that can open safely get back to business – without furthering the spread of this virus. Governor Walz said he is encouraging small businesses to work with his agencies to set up safety protocols so the state can make better determinations as to which businesses could open earlier and still operate in a safe way to mitigate the spread of the virus. However, at this time, many small businesses are still being asked to adhere to executive order 20-33 and remain closed until May 4. The governor is in communication with his agencies regarding which businesses will be allowed to re-open and operate safely to mitigate the spread of the virus.
Minnesotans are permitted to leave their homes under the following circumstances, while still maintaining social distancing protocol (i.e. remaining six feet apart):
- Relocation to ensure safety, such as relocating to a different location if your home is unsafe due to domestic violence, sanitation, or reasons related to essential operations.
- Health and safety activities, such as obtaining emergency services or medical supplies.
- Outdoor activities, such as walking, hiking, running, biking, hunting, or fishing.
- Necessary supplies and services, such as getting groceries, gasoline, or carry-out.
- Essential intrastate and interstate travel, such as returning to a 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 shelters if you are without a home.
- Moving or relocation, such as moving to a new home or place of residence.
- Voting, including all local and state elections.
- Funerals, provided that no more than ten attendees are gathered, and strict social distancing is enforced.
- Tribal activities and lands, such as activities by members within the boundaries of their tribal reservation.
For more information regarding the extension of the stay-at-home order, please visit Governor’s frequently updated website.