To continue Minnesota’s success in slowing the spread of COVID-19 across the state, Governor Tim Walz extended the Stay Home Order until May 4, 2020.
The Governor’s order to stay at home is forecasted to significantly slow the spread of COVID-19, pushing out the peak of the disease and allowing the state to continue key preparations for the pandemic. Consistent with the extended Stay at Home Order, Emergency Executive Order 20-33 also extends the closure of bars, restaurants, and other public accommodations through 11:59 p.m. on May 3, 2020 and outlines exemptions to the Stay Home Order, including exempted activities and critical sector workers.
Under the extended order, Minnesotans may leave their residences only to perform the following activities, and while doing so, they should practice social distancing:
o 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.
o Health and safety activities, such as obtaining emergency services or medical supplies.
o Outdoor activities, such as walking, hiking, running, biking, hunting, or fishing.
o Necessary supplies and services, such as getting groceries, gasoline, or carry-out.
o Essential intrastate and interstate travel, such as returning to a home from outside this state.
o Care of others, such as caring for a family member, friend, or pet in another household.
o Displacement, such as moving between emergency shelters if you are without a home.
o Moving or relocation, such as moving to a new home or place of residence.
o Voting, including all local and state elections.
o Funerals, provided that no more than ten attendees are gathered and strict social distancing is enforced.
o Tribal activities and lands, such as activities by members within the boundaries of their tribal reservation.
Executive Order 20-33 also orders that all workers who can work from home must do so. Workers in critical sectors who cannot work from home are permitted to go to work. Guidance related to critical sectors is available at the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) website.