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Minnesota governor: asks residents to stay home for 2 weeks, restaurant/bar, school closures to continue to May

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UPDATE -- Minnesota Governor Tim Walz has issued an executive order directing Minnesotans to stay at home for 2 weeks.

Walz made the announcement during at 2 p.m. Wednesday during a conference call with reporters, saying the order will go into effect Friday, March 27 at 11:59 p.m.

He said it means the closure of bars and restaurants will continue to 5 p.m. May 1.

Schools in Minnesota will continue to be closed and offer distance learning until May 4.

Minnesotans may leave their residences only to perform any of the following activities, and while doing so, they should practice social distancing:

· Health and safety activities, such as obtaining emergency services or medical supplies

· Outdoor activities, such as walking, hiking, running, biking, hunting, or fishing

· Necessary Supplies and Services, such as getting groceries, gasoline, or carry-out

· Essential and interstate travel, such as returning to a home from outside this state

· Care of others, such as caring for a family member, friend, or pet in another household

· Displacement, such as moving between emergency shelters if you are without a home

· Relocation to ensure safety, such as relocating to a different location if your home has been unsafe due to domestic violence, sanitation, or essential operations reasons

· Tribal activities and lands, such as activities by members within the boundaries of their tribal reservation

Workers who work in critical sectors during this time are exempt from the stay at home order. These exemptions are based on federal guidance from the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security with some Minnesota-specific additions. This includes, but is not limited to, jobs in:

-Healthcare and public health;
-Law enforcement, public safety, and first responders;
-Emergency shelters, congregate living facilities, drop-in centers;
-Child care;
-Food and agriculture;
-News media;
-Energy;
-Water and wastewater; and
-Critical manufacturing.

Walz says his order will slow down infection, and keep hospital beds and personal protective gear available for health care workers.

He also asked for patience from Minnesota residents.

"I know how painful this is," Walz said.

KBJR 6/CBS 3 is waiting on more information on exactly what this order will entail.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.


ST. PAUL, MN -- Minnesota Governor Tim Walz has issued an executive order directing Minnesotans to stay at home for 2 weeks.

Walz made the announcement during at 2 p.m. Wednesday during a conference call with reporters.

KBJR 6 is waiting on more information on exactly what this order will entail.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

Briggs LeSavage

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