Gov. Walz has signed a “Stay at Home” order effective this Friday, March 27 until Friday, April 10. For two weeks, Minnesotans are asked to stay home except for essential travel such as health and safety activities and getting necessary supplies like food or gas. A goal of this order is to buy as much time possible to increase capacity within our health care system, especially the number of ICU beds and ventilators. The Governor also extended the period in which bars, restaurants and gathering places will be closed until May 1, and schools will implement distance learning until May 4.
The Minnesota House and Senate are scheduled to meet at the State Capitol tomorrow to pass bipartisan COVID-19 response legislation. We have been working from home to reach agreement on provisions that cover a variety of essential needs. We will vote quickly on the House floor while adhering to the Minnesota Department of Health social distancing recommendations. The Minnesota House is scheduled to begin at noon, and the Minnesota Senate at 2pm. Members of the public can watch the House floor session on the House website, YouTube, and on TPT Minnesota. Video from all floor sessions is archived here.
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