SAINT PAUL, MN— Governor Walz announced the extension of the peace time emergency, that allows the Governor to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic quickly and effectively, until June 12. Additionally, the Governor announced the Stay at Home order, set to expire on May 18, will be replaced with a Stay Safe Minnesota executive order encouraging Minnesotans to stay close to home and limiting social gatherings to no more than ten people. The order also allows retails stores and main street businesses to reopen with a social distancing plan in place. Restaurants and bars will remain closed.
“Sacrifices have been made by communities across the state during the COVID-19 pandemic. Staying at home has cost us a lot, but it has bought our public health care network invaluable time in building out its ability to prepare,” said Senate DFL Leader Susan Kent. “Governor Walz continues to take thoughtful steps to safely reopen the economy. He is making meaningful decisions that put health first and are backed up by science. I’m grateful for his continued leadership during this time and that he is consulting health care experts and reviewing real-time data to provide guidance to businesses so they can safely reopen, and workers can go back to work.”