ST. PAUL – State Rep. Bud Nornes, R-Fergus Falls, issued the following statement Thursday after Gov. Tim Walz indicated his stay-at-home order for Minnesota will be extended to May 18, while allowing more retail businesses to open with restrictions.
“It is good some businesses can see the added benefit of curbside service but it’s not the kind of relief from the governor’s restrictions people are desperate for,” Nornes said. “People need to earn a living but we have seen growing numbers of businesses shutting down because of being forced to close their doors. They have developed plans to open their doors while also keeping their customers safe, but are still unable to do so. It is hard to imagine how much more financial hardship will be suffered during at least two more weeks of restrictions. The governor and his administration should work with any industry that remains closed and offer a clear timeline when they can expect a decision. That, at the very least, would help their planning.”