WATCH: Gov. Walz issues stay at home order for 2 weeks

Updated: March 25, 2020 05:19 PM
Created: March 25, 2020 11:47 AM

(ABC 6 News) - During an address Wednesday afternoon, Gov. Walz is increasing standards on social and physical distancing for all of Minnesota. 

In Executive Order 20-20, Gov. Walz is asking Minnesotan's to limit the movement outside the home for essential needs for two weeks, to begin Friday night (March 27) at 11:59 p.m. through Friday, April 10.

Minnesotans are able to leave their homes during those two weeks for health and safety activities, outdoor activities, gathering necessary supplies, essential travel, the care of others and relocation purposes.

Essential workers are exempt from the stay at home order. Those jobs include: 

  • 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

Click here for a link with more details on the essential critical infrastructure workforce that is exempt from this order.

The order is expected to slow the spread of COVID-19 and allow the state to continue to prepare for the pandemic. 

Walz also said the closure of schools and the use of distance learning will be used through May 4.

Bars and restaurants are also expected to remain closed through May 1.

For more details, visit


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