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Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz announced that Stay-At-Home restrictions that were previously issued to stem the tide of the novel coronavirus will be relaxed starting Monday, May 18.
Per an executive order issued by Walz on May 13, the new “Stay Safe” strategy will see a number of non-essential customer-facing businesses be able to open their doors, though in order to do so, they need to implement their own safety plans to keep employees and customers healthy via social distancing and disinfection measures. Any workers who are able to work from home are encouraged to continue doing so. Restaurants, bars, and salons will still be closed for the time being, with closures extended to May 31. The order mentioned that a phased plan has been ordered to achieve the safe and limited re-opening of restaurants, bars and salons starting June 1.
The issue also strongly encouraged Minnesotans to continue wearing personal protection equipment (PPE) whenever going out to public places where social distancing may be difficult, such as grocery stores. People who are at higher risk to contract COVID-19, such as the elderly and immunocompromised, are still encouraged to stay home whenever possible.
Public events will still be placed on hold, and social gatherings that utilize proper social distancing must not exceed ten people. State parks, trails, forests, public water accesses, and other outdoor recreational activities and facilities will remain open. Any willful violations of Executive Order 20-56 will result in a fine not to exceed $1,000 or imprisonment for no more than 90 days.
You can read Minnesota Executive Order 20-56 here for more details.