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The stay-at-home order to help curb the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has been extended to Monday, May 4, as ordered by Gov. Tim Walz.
Executive Order 20-20, issued on March 25 was originally set to expire on April 10. On April 8, Gov. Walz announced Executive Order 20-33, which he says is critical to slowing the spread of the virus, reduce disease cases and deaths, and ease pressure on healthcare facilities and first responders.
Executive 20-20 will be rescinded at 11:59 p.m. tonight. The new order will begin at 11:59 p.m. tonight (April 8) and end at 11:59 p.m. on May 3. All Minnesota residents are ordered to stay at home except to engage in certain activities and critical sector work, including relocation to ensure safety, health and safety activities, outdoor activities, obtaining necessary supplies such as food and personal protective equipment (PPE), essential intrastate and interstate travel, care for other individuals, displacement, voting, funerals, tribal activities, working in essential services such as healthcare and food services, and more. The full, detailed list can be seen in the governor’s press release here.
“I urge all Minnesotans to voluntarily comply with this Executive Order,” said Walz in his official press statement. ” Pursuant to Minnesota Statutes 2019, section 12.45, a worker who willfully violates this Executive Order is guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction must be punished by a fine not to exceed $1,000 or by imprisonment for not more than 90 days.”
For more COVID-19 news and information from the State of Minnesota, visit mn.gov/covid19.