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The latest on what we’re doing to respond to COVID-19

Friday, April 17, 2020

Rep. Poppe

Dear Neighbors,

The Legislature continues to work on a bipartisan basis with Governor Walz and the people of Minnesota to address the economic hardship created by the COVID-19 pandemic. In case you missed it, click here to read my latest column in the Austin Daily Herald about a new law that streamlines workers’ comp benefits for first responders who contract the virus. 

Here is a brief update about major events that happened over the past week. 


House and Senate pass legislation allowing takeout wine and beer

Today, the Minnesota House of Representatives passed legislation to allow takeout sales of beer and wine from bars and restaurants during the COVID-19 pandemic. Bars and restaurants with liquor licenses can sell up to 72 ounces – the equivalent of one six-pack – of beer, cider or hard seltzer and up to 750 milliliters of wine – the equivalent of one bottle – with food orders upon the bill’s enactment. The alcoholic beverages must be sold in their original, unopened containers.


Governor Walz expands outdoor recreation opportunities

Governor Walz today issued Executive Order 20-38, which will allow Minnesotans to continue to enjoy the outdoors close to home while following social distancing guidelines. Beginning this weekend, Minnesotans can engage in a range of activities, including golfing, boating, fishing, hunting, and hiking while maintaining 6-foot social distancing, avoiding crowded areas, and staying close to home.

Under Executive Order 20-38, facilities that may reopen or remain open include:

Bait shops for live bait
Outdoor shooting ranges and game farms
Public and private parks and trails
Golf courses and driving ranges
Boating and off-highway vehicle services, including:

Marina services
Dock installation and other lake services
Boat and off-highway vehicle sales and repair, by appointment only


Campgrounds and dispersed camping, outdoor recreational equipment retail stores, recreational equipment rental, charter boats, launches, and guided fishing remain closed. Minnesotans should continue to take part in outdoor activities close to their primary residence. Staying home helps protect Minnesotans from spreading COVID-19 and limits pressure on rural medical facilities and essential supplies. 


Thirteen-week unemployment insurance extension implemented

We learned this week the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development has fully implemented the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) program, which extends unemployment benefits for eligible applicants for an additional 13 weeks. Click here for more information about this program. 


Contact me

My office will continue to be a resource to find answers to your questions and provide updates about the status of this public health crisis. Please reach out if I can be of assistance and consider sharing this email with your neighbor or relatives. If you know of anyone who would appreciate these updates, please let them know they can subscribe to my email list here 

House staff are tele-commuting in order to comply with public health guidance, so if you call my office at 651-296-4193, please be prepared to leave a voicemail message. You can also send an email to The best place to quickly find accurate and up-to-date information and get help is  

Thank you to everyone for doing your part in fighting the spread of COVID-19. Your sacrifices are helping to keep our health care workers safe and buy time for our hospitals and providers to prepare for the peak of the pandemic here in Minnesota. 



Jeanne Poppe
State Representative

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