MN Gov. Walz Declares Peacetime Emergency

Updated: March 13, 2020 03:25 PM
Created: March 13, 2020 12:23 PM

(ABC 6 News) - Governor Tim Walz today issued Executive Order 20-01 declaring a peacetime emergency in Minnesota and unveiled legislative proposals to prepare for the COVID-19 pandemic.

These actions came in conjunction with the Minnesota Department of Health announcing new community mitigation strategies to limit the spread of the virus.


Minnesota Department of Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm today issued a number of community mitigation strategies, which Governor Walz advises and urges Minnesotans to follow, including:

  • Cancel or postpone large events in excess of 250 people gathered together;
  • Ensure space for social distancing of six feet per person at smaller events and gatherings (less than 250 people); and
  • Limit gatherings with participants at high risk for severe disease to less than 10 people.

Further details on MDH’s recommended community mitigation strategies can be found here.

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