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Gov. Tim Walz issues stay-at-home order


Gov. Tim Walz issues stay-at-home order


Minnesota is asking its residents to stay indoors.


Gov. Tim Walz on Wednesday issued an executive order directing Minnesotans - all 5.6 million of them - to stay in their houses as much as possible in the coming weeks as the state makes efforts to curb the spread of coronavirus.


“We’re going to limit movements outside the home except for essential needs,” Walz said in an address to the people of Minnesota on live video Wednesday afternoon.


Residents may leave their homes to perform health and safety and outdoor activities, necessary supplies and services, essential and interstate travel, care of others, displacement and relocation to ensure safety.


The order becomes effective 11:59 p.m. Friday to April 10.


Shortly after the address School Superintendent John Engelking informed parents that Distance Learning will be in place and that school tentatively may resume on May 5.


“This is by all means not an exhaustive list,” Walz said, adding that the goal is to reduce 80 percent of social interaction to “bend that curve.”


The governor’s previous order to close bars, restaurants and other venues has been extended until 5 p.m. on May


“Nineteen states, along with many cities, counties, and tribes, have now implemented stay-at-home orders that cover more than half of the nation’s population,” Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison said in a statement on Wednesday afternoon. “This is a clear sign that Governor Walz’s order is a reasonable and necessary exercise of state power in an emergency and consistent with Minnesota’s and every state’s authority and obligation to protect lives and public safety.”


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