Gov. Tim Walz issued Executive Order 20-20 directing Minnesotans to stay at their homes and limit activities outside their homes to essential needs. The directive is effective from March 27, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. to April 10, 2020, at 5 p.m.
The Order, which incorporates the U.S. Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency’s Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce, exempts from the directive those who perform work that “can be done only at [places] outside of their home[s]” in the following Critical Sectors:
a. Healthcare and public health;
b. Law enforcement, public safety, and first responders;
c. Food and agriculture;
e. Water and wastewater;
f. Transportation and logistics;
g. Public Works;
h. Communications and information technology;
i. Other community-based government operations and essential functions;
j. Critical manufacturing;
k. Hazardous materials;
l. Financial services;
n. Defense industrial base;
o. Tribal Governments;
p. The Judicial Branch;
q. The Executive Branch;
r. Executive Constitutional Offices;
s. The Legislative Branch;
t. Federal Employees;
u. National Guard;
v. Faith leaders and workers;
x. Construction and critical trades;
y. Child care providers;
z. Hotels, residential facilities and shelters;
aa. Shelters for displaced individuals;
bb. Charitable and social services organizations;
cc. Legal services;
ee. Critical Labor Union Functions;
ff. Laundry services;
gg. Animal shelters and veterinarians;
hh. Real Estate Transactions; and
ii. Essential Supply Stores.
More guidance on Critical Sector work is expected. Governor Walz previously mandated the closure of businesses in the recreation sector, such as dine-in restaurants, fitness centers, and salons, in Executive Order 20-04 and Executive Order 20-08. The closure of such businesses is extended to May 1, 2020, at 5 p.m.
Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers issued a Safer at Home Order yesterday. Iowa, North Dakota, and South Dakota have not yet issued stay-at-home orders.
For legal advice specific to the operation of your Minnesota business, please contact us at Dunlap & Seeger, P.A.