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Gov. Walz extends Peacetime Emergency through August 12

Gov. Walz extends Peacetime Emergency through August 12

KAAL-TV
Updated: July 13, 2020 02:35 PM
Created: July 13, 2020 02:24 PM

(ABC 6 News) - Gov. Walz announced Monday that he has extended the Peacetime Emergency for an additional 30 days through August 12. 

“COVID-19 continues to present an unprecedented and rapidly evolving challenge to our state,” said Governor Walz in a press release. “The peacetime emergency has provided us tools to save lives and mitigate the devastating impacts of this pandemic. As cases skyrocket in other states, we can’t let our guard down now.”

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The governor's office outlines the following as examples of how the peacetime emergency has allowed Minnesota to effectively and efficiently respond to the COVID-19 pandemic:

  • Coordinated emergency response
    •  During the peacetime emergency, the State EmergencyOperations Center remains fully activated and staffed. 
  • Testing
    • The peacetime emergency allowed the State to broker a breakthrough testing deal with the Mayo Clinic and U of M. 
  • Procurement
    • The peacetime emergency allows Minnesota to work with nontraditional vendors and to execute procurement contracts at exceptional speed, without lengthy bidding processes.
  • Health and human services
    • It allows Minnesota to keep the health and human services systems intact, ensuring access to our most vulnerable populations through the authorities granted by the Governor’s emergency powers.
  • Education
    • The state has given schools the ability to maneuver big changes by providing more funding flexibility and access to technology and maintaining stable childcare for essential workers.
  • Jobs & economic security
    • The state has been able to provide housing support, assistance to small businesses, and worker support.

The Legislature may terminate a peacetime emergency extending beyond 30 days by a majority vote of each house. 


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