Governor Walz Signs Four New Executive Orders

In a March 23 news conference, Governor Tim Walz signed four new Executive Orders to further strengthen Minnesota’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Governor and Lt Governor also announced a revised supplemental budget that allocates an additional $356 million toward the state’s COVID-19 response.

Housing Stability For Minnesota Families

Executive Order 20-14 suspends eviction proceedings during the COVID-19 peacetime emergency to help provide housing stability at a time of financial uncertainty. The order clarifies that tenants should continue to pay rent during the peacetime emergency if they are able, and landlords and financial institutions cannot begin eviction proceedings that would remove tenants from stable housing.

Small Business Emergency Loan Program

Executive Order 20-15 authorizes the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) to establish an emergency loan program for small businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The program will help Minnesota small business owners who need immediate assistance during COVID-19 closures.

Reallocation Of Personal Protective Equipment

To  address shortages of personal protective equipment (PPE), Executive Order 20-16 directs all non-hospital entities to conduct an inventory of their PPE, ventilators, respirators, and anesthesia machines, report results to the state, and either donate the equipment to a local coordinating entity or preserve it. On Saturday, Governor Walz directed the National Guard to transport PPE from storage at Camp Ripley to the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH).

Conservation Of Personal Protective Equipment

To conserve protective equipment, Executive Order 20-17 clarifies that Executive Order 20-09 (ordering all elective surgeries and procedures be postponed) applies to veterinary surgeries and procedures. Surgeries and procedures that prevent loss of life, permanent dysfunction of an organ or extremity, or risk of metastasis or progression of staging for non-COVID-19 patients should not be postponed under this order. Additionally, in the context of veterinary medicine, threats to public health, the owner, or the animal may also be considered.

Executive Orders 20-14, 20-15, and 20-17 are subject to approval by the Executive Council and will have the full force and effect of law upon approval.

Revised Supplemental Budget

The revised budget allocates an additional $356 million to support and protect Minnesotans during the COVID-19 pandemic. It would provide emergency grants to child care centers, support families struggling financially through the Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP), support veterans and their families facing financial burdens, increase funding for food shelves, offer small business loans, and increase resources for Minnesotans struggling with homelessness.

Follow COVID-19 Updates

For the latest information on COVID-19 in Golden Valley and links to federal, state, and local resources, visit the COVID-19 web page on the City website.

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