UPDATED: 2:30 p.m. March 25, 2020
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz issued a two-week stay-at-home order starting at 11:59 p.m. Friday, March 27, and lasting until Friday, April 10. Residents are asked to limit trips outside their home to essential needs including but not limited to:
- Health and safety activities
- Necessary supplies and services
- Essential and interstate travel
- Care of others
- Relocation to ensure safety
As has been the case for two weeks, even if you do leave your home, it is important to practice social distancing.
Walz also announced that the closure of bars, restaurants, and public accommodations is extended until 5 p.m. May 1 and the statewide distant learning plan is extended until May 4.
According to Walz, it’s too late for Minnesota to flatten the curve. Now, the objective is to move the infection rate out, build out hospital capacity, increase access to ventilators and other equipment, increase testing, address the shortage of personal protective equipment for health care workers, plan how to protect vulnerable populations, and assess new data.
Originally posted at 4 p.m. March 24
In the past three days, Illinois, Michigan, and now Wisconsin have issued statewide shelter-in-place or stay-at-home orders to help curb the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), making 16 states to do so since March 19. Minnesota is likely to be one of the next states to implement the safety precaution. So, what does shelter-in-place mean for Minnesotans and businesses?
What does shelter-in-place mean?
Shelter-in-place is essentially social distancing on steroids. It differs from state to state, so it’s difficult to determine exactly what it will look like if/when Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz makes the order. States who have already enacted the order are asking residents to stay in their home except when leaving to get essential needs (e.g. trips to the pharmacy, grocery store, gas stations, banks).
What does this look like for restaurants?
Minnesota’s restaurants are currently limited to takeout and curbside pickup through March 27, but would a shelter-in-place order close restaurants altogether? It’s difficult to say; however, most states who have enacted the order have allowed restaurants to continue serving takeout.
Will more businesses close?
Yes, businesses that remain open but are not deemed essential will be encouraged to close. However, it does not seem there will be policing of these orders yet.
Can I still go outdoors?
Yes, states that have implemented the order are still allowing residents to go outdoors for exercise, to walk the dog, or to go for a hike (keeping in mind social distancing).