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"Stay Home" Executive Order

Friday, March 27, 2020

Rep. Christensen

Dear Neighbors, 

Yesterday, my colleagues and I in the Minnesota Legislature passed our latest package of legislation to address the COVID-19 pandemic. Our new investments and polices would:

  • Create a Minnesota COVID-19 Emergency Fund to keep our state operating
  • Help businesses across the state secure emergency loans
  • Award grants to licensed family and center-based child care providers who care for the children of health care and other emergency workers
  • Ensure continued funding for food systems
  • Provide needed help to local governments, tribal governments, and nonprofit partners 
  • Protect people experiencing homelessness from exposure to the coronavirus and to mitigate additional spread of the disease.

These continue to be challenging times for Minnesota as we respond to COVID-19, but the legislation we passed yesterday is another step in providing the resources our community and state need to weather this storm. As we provide the necessary resources to our public health professionals and respective state agencies, we need to also make sure that the physical and financial health of Minnesotans is addressed as we all work together to do our part to ensure our state stays strong during and after this pandemic


“Stay at Home”

This evening, the “Stay at Home” Executive Order begins, and it is scheduled to last until Friday, April 10. For many, these next two weeks will be difficult, but I want to emphasize that precious time will be bought by slowing the spread of COVID-19 and allowing our health care professionals the ability to prepare for and treat Minnesotans with the virus. 

Stay At Home Can/Should Not

I highly recommend watching Governor Walz’s address, where he outlined the science behind the “Stay at Home” order, and showed how devastating the alternative could be if Minnesota does nothing. You can watch that address here


Stay Connected

As always, feel free to contact me with any questions or comments you have! You can reach me at or (651) 296-4244. It’s an honor to represent our community at the Capitol!



Representative Shelly Christensen

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