I want to start by thanking our community for the sacrifices that have been made during these trying times. There’s still a lot we don’t know, but what we can be sure of is that our efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 in Minnesota are working. We’re staying home, and because of that we’re giving our health care professionals the time to prepare for when the peak of this virus hits our state, but more time is needed. In a tough but necessary decision, yesterday Governor Walz extended the “Stay at Home” order until May 4.
The new extension is much longer than the original two-week order, but it’s in line with the recommendations of public health officials, and is similar to actions we’ve seen around the world. For a quick recap of the order, I want to remind everyone that you’re still able to leave your homes for essential needs, and you can and should get some fresh air and exercise with a walk around your neighborhood. It’s encouraged that you follow Minnesota Department of Health guidelines and maintain a distance of six feet from others when leaving your home.
For any questions you might have about the “Stay at Home” order, you can find a list of FAQs here, including when you can and should leave your home, and what services remain open. You can also find a compilation of Minnesota’s COVID-19 data and resources here.