On Wednesday, March 25, 2020 Minnesota Governor Tim Walz issued an executive order that asks Minnesotans to stay home except for essential needs and services starting at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, March 27 until at least April 10, 2020. as COVID-19. The order also recommends more stringent social distancing plans for people at greatest risk of COVID-19 complications — mostly people who are elderly or have underlying health conditions.
People who work in “critical sectors” (called “Essential Businesses” in other state shelter-in-place orders) are exempt from the order. “Critical sectors” includes health care, law enforcement, public safety, emergency responders, emergency shelters, child care, food and agriculture, news media, energy, water and wastewater, information technology (IT), some times of legal services, and critical manufacturing.
Minnesotans may leave their residences only to perform any of the following activities:
- Attending doctor’s appointments
- Obtaining prescriptions and medications
- Exercise, with social distancing
- Obtaining groceries and other essential/necessary supplies
- Essential and interstate travel
- Care of others, such as immediate family and pets, again limited to attending doctor’s appointments, necessary groceries and other supplies, and similar items above
- Relocation to ensure safety; and
- Engagement in a Critical Sector business.
Virtus Law, PLLC continues to monitor developments in this (and other COVID-19 areas) and will continue to post relevant updates to this website.