ST. PAUL – State Rep. Chris Swedzinski, R-Ghent, 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.
“Minnesotans were hoping for real relief from the governor’s stay-at-home orders but that, sadly, is not the case,” Swedzinski said. “This is a missed opportunity to unite Minnesotans by taking real steps toward safely re-opening our state. We have the information, preparation and planning to both keep people healthy and help workers get back on the job. Instead, there is concern this extension will only cause more damage to families and businesses in our state. More curbside service might be helpful to some, but it is nowhere near leveling the playing field for our small businesses that have been forced to close their doors while the big retailers have been able to remain operational and can welcome foot traffic. I hope the governor will move as quickly as possible to help other businesses reopen their doors.”