(St. Paul MN-) Governor Tim Walz has signed an executive order directing Minnesotans to stay at home and limit movements outside their home beyond essential needs. The order goes into effect just before midnight Friday night and goes to 5 p.m. Friday April 10th. Walz believes this increased mitigation effort will slow the increase of the number of Covid 19 cases in the state, and gives the medical community more time to prepare and create intensive care facilities.
Minnesotans may leave their residences only to perform the following activities, practicing social distancing while doing so...
-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 and interstate travel, such as returning home from outside the 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 your home has been unsafe due to domestic violence, sanitation or essential operations reason
-Tribal activities and lands, such as activities by members within the boundaries of their tribal reservation.
Workers who work in critical sectors during this time are exempt from the stay at home order, including...
-Healthcare and public health
-Law enforcement, public safety and first responders
-Emergency Shelters, congregate living facilities, drop-in centers
-Food and agriculture
-Water and Wastewater
Governor Walz Wednesday also extended the closure of bars, restaurants and other public accomodations until May 1st at 5 p.m. He also authorized the commissioner of education to implement a distance learning period for Minnesota's students beginning Monday and running through May 4th.
The order did not list how the order will be enforced, or penalties for violations.