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Update: Governor Issues "Stay at Home" Executive Order

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Rep. Xiong


Dear Neighbors,

Today, Governor Walz asked Minnesotans to “buckle it up for a few more weeks” via issuing an executive order that directs us to stay at home and limit movements outside of our homes beyond essential needs. This order takes effect at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, March 27 and ends at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 10.

Minnesotans may leave their residences 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
    • Essential and interstate travel, such as returning to a home from outside this state
    • Care of others, such as caring for a family member, friend, or pet 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


Workers who work in critical sectors during this time are exempt from the stay at home order. These exemptions are 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
  • Food and agriculture
  • News media
  • Energy
  • Water and wastewater
  • Critical manufacturing


The Governor is working hard to protect Minnesotans by buying us precious time to slow the spread of COVID-19.  




Please contact me any time if you have questions, concerns, or input. I value your feedback. My phone number is 651-296-4201 and you can always email me at

Thank you Eastsiders, for the honor of representing you at the state legislature.


Jay Xiong

State Representative

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