ST. PAUL — State Representative Jeff Backer, R-Browns Valley, issued the following statement regarding Gov. Walz's announcement lifting the state's Stay at Home order effective Monday, and laying out plans to allow the reopening of restaurants, churches, and other businesses in the coming weeks.
"Yesterday’s announcement is welcome news for thousands of businesses and employees across our state that will be able to return to work on Monday. It’s been frustrating to see local residents, understandably, cross the border into South Dakota and patronize businesses that have been allowed to stay open while Minnesota businesses have been forced closed. Despite this step in the right direction, I am disappointed that restaurants, salons, and other businesses in the hospitality industry will remain closed. Ultimately, Governor Walz needs to trust Minnesotans and allow all businesses to reopen at 100% capacity or adopt a regional approach that will let communities in rural Minnesota get-back-to work.”