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Update- Governor Issues "Stay at Home" Executive Order

Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Rep. Edelson

Dear Neighbors,

A lot is changing every single day as we navigate how best to protect our state from COVID-19. These changes are not easy on any of us and each decision is being weighed heavily. I want you to first know I am here for you and your families. 

Today Governor Walz issued a “Stay at Home” executive order effective Friday, March 27 at 11:59 p.m. until April 10 at 5:00 p.m.

Minnesotans may leave their homes only to perform any of the following activities, and while doing so, they should practice social distancing:

  • Health and safety activities, such as obtaining emergency services or medical supplies
  • Outdoor activities, such as walking, hiking, running, biking, hunting, or fishing
  • Necessary Supplies and Services, such as getting groceries, gasoline, or carry-out. Delivery of groceries and helping those in need is an essential service
  • Essential and interstate travel, such as returning to a home from outside this state
  • Care of others, such as a PCA caring for a family member or friend who cannot care for themselves in another household
  • Displacement, such as moving between emergency shelters if you are without a home
  • Relocation to ensure safety, such as relocating to a different location if your home has been unsafe due to domestic violence, sanitation, or essential operations reasons
  • Tribal activities and lands, such as activities by members within the boundaries of their tribal reservation
Stay At Home Can/Should Not

Essential workers are exempted from the order based on federal guidance from the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security with some Minnesota-specific additions.

This includes, but is not limited to, jobs in:

  • Healthcare and public health
  • Law enforcement, public safety, and first responders
  • Emergency shelters, congregate living facilities, drop-in centers
  • Child care
  • Banks
  • Pet Stores
  • Food and agriculture
  • News media
  • Energy
  • Water and wastewater
  • Critical manufacturing


Stay at Home List

If you have questions, please feel free to contact me at

Take good care,