Governor Walz announced an extension to the stay-at-home order last week, which will now last until May 3. In addition to the extension, modifications and clarifications were added to the list of sectors that are considered critical (and unable to offer work-from-home flexibility to employees) and are therefore exempt from the stay-at-home. Clarifications were made to several sectors to address ambiguity on what businesses and workers are and are not exempt. For instance, lawn care workers, workers who install and update water-related equipment such as docks and boat lifts, and several types of animal-care workers are considered exempt whereas daycare providers, tobacco shop employees, and residential house cleaning services are not. Other modifications were also made to the following sectors:
- Health care and Public Health
- Food and Agriculture
- Transportation and Logistics
- Commercial Facilities/Essential Supply Stores
- Laundry and Hygiene Products and Services
- Animal Care and Veterinarians
- Construction and Critical Trades
The full list of industries, sectors, and workers that are exempt from the stay-at-home order can be found here.
Although Minnesotans are being asked to continue remaining in their homes and many businesses to cease operations, efforts are underway to reopen businesses while adhering to DEED-approved protocols that ensure safety amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. DEED is currently gathering information on how businesses can maintain appropriate social distancing measures when returning to work and welcomes input to help inform decisions.