Minnesota Ordered To Shelter In Place For Two Weeks

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz has ordered all Minnesotans to shelter in place for at least the next two weeks, starting this Friday March 27th.

 

What does that mean for Minnesotans?

While the order is to remain in effect for at least two weeks, Tim Walz stated that the length of the shelter in place order may be extended beyond the two weeks. The order is expected to slow the spread of COVID-19 the novel coronavirus and allow the state to continue to prepare for the pandemic that is expected to infect up to 2 million Minnesotans even with these measures the Governor said Wednesday.

 

Minnesotans may leave their homes for these necessities:

  • Health and safety activities
  • Outdoor activities
  • Necessary supplies and services
  • Essential and interstate travel
  • Care of others
  • Displacement
  • Relocation to ensure safety

 

What will still be open?

  • Hospitals
  • Clinics
  • State legislature
  • Food (Grocery stores, delivery, take out, etc.)
  • Pharmacies
  • Food shelves
  • Convenience stores
  • Liquor stores
  • Child care facilities
  • News organizations
  • Gas stations
  • Funeral homes
  • Banks
  • Hardware stores
  • Postal offices

 

What will be closed?

  • Dine-in restaurants
  • Bars and nightclubs
  • Entertainment venues
  • Gyms and fitness studios
  • Zoos
  • Museums
  • Arcades
  • Playgrounds
  • Bowling alleys
  • Movie theaters
  • Concert halls
  • Country clubs
  • Salons and barber shops
  • Tattoo parlors
  • *Note - this is not a complete list

 

Walz also said the closure of the schools and the use of distance learning will be used through May 4th.

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