Stay Home Order Extended Until May 18

To continue preparations for a peak of COVID-19 cases in Minnesota, on April 30 Governor Tim Walz signed Executive Order 20-48 extending the Stay Home Order until  May 18. The new order will allow some retailers to reopen Monday, May 4 with curbside pickup or delivery for customers.

Businesses that reopen with curbside pickup/delivery must develop and post a plan for how to do so, use online payment in every possible scenario, encourage employees and customers to wear masks and protective equipment, and follow social distancing guidelines.

The new executive order strongly encourages all Minnesotans to wear manufactured or homemade cloth face coverings at all times when they leave their homes and travel to any public setting where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (eg, grocery and other stores), and to follow face covering guidelines issued by Minnesota Department of Health and the Center for Disease Prevention and Control.

Executive Order 20-48 also extends the closure of bars, restaurants, and other public accommodations through 11:59 pm on May 18, 2020 and outlines exemptions to the Stay Home Order, including exempted activities and critical sector workers.

Exempted Activities

Minnesotans may leave their residences only to perform the following activities (and while doing so practice social distancing):

  • 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 to a home from outside this state
  • care of others, such as for a family member, friend, or pet in another household
  • displacement, such as moving between emergency shelters if you are without a home
  • relocation to ensure safety, such as moving to a different location if your home has been unsafe due to domestic violence, sanitation, or essential operations reasons
  • moving or relocation, such as moving to a new home or place of residence
  • voting, including all local and state elections
  • weddings and funerals, provided that no more than 10 attendees are gathered and strict social distancing is enforced
  • tribal activities and lands, such as activities by members within the boundaries of their tribal reservation

Critical Sector Workers

Executive Order 20-48 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 http://mn.gov/deed/critical/.

The Governor’s Executive Orders will have the full force and effect of law upon approval by the Executive Council.

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