ST. PAUL — House Minority Leader Kurt Daudt, R-Crown, issued the following statement regarding today's announcement that the stay at home order has been extended to May 18, while allowing more retail businesses to open with restrictions:
"Main Street businesses have been forced for weeks to remain closed while big box stores have been able to keep their doors open—I know Minnesota retailers have been planning and are ready to safely serve customers in a curbside setting, but if their large competitors can be open to customer traffic, our smaller retailers should be extended the same opportunity and trust by the governor.
"For thousands of other businesses, being closed until May 18 could be a devastating setback that they may not recover from. I hope the governor will move as quickly, and with as much advance notice as possible to help other businesses reopen their doors. Every day that goes by risks the permanent closure of businesses that are staples in our communities. The governor and his administration should work with any industry that remains closed and offer a clear timeline when they can expect a decision."