ST. PAUL – State Rep. Paul Anderson, R-Starbuck, issued the following statement regarding Gov. Tim Walz's announcement lifting the state's Stay at Home order effective Monday, and laying out plans to allow the re-opening of bars, restaurants, churches, and other businesses in the coming weeks.
“I appreciate the steps the governor has announced in re-opening our state and people who vocalized their opinions deserve credit for influencing this progress,” Anderson said. “On the other hand, there are some glaring holes in the governor's decisions, especially in regard to churches and bars and restaurants that are not allowed to get back to business on Monday. The governor said his commissioners will be working on plans to allow these businesses to more fully open on June 1, but this is something they should have been doing this all along to make for a more efficient transition. Now these businesses are going to miss at least two big weekends, including Memorial Day, and that’s revenue they desperately need.
“So, yes, it is good more businesses are opening May 18, but it seems like better preparation could have improved the process by allowing more operations to safely re-open their doors sooner.”