Minnesota’s stay-at-home order has been extended until May 4.
The order initially was set to expire on April 10 but, citing modeling that shows COVID-19 cases could max out beds in the coming weeks, Gov. Walz extended the order with hopes to slow the coronavirus’ spread and flatten the curve in cases.
His latest order expands the list of businesses deemed “essential” by the state. Walz said he’ll work with state leaders to “develop short-term plans to help more businesses reopen.”
Businesses can qualify for exemptions if they can operate while still abiding by social distancing protocols, he said.
The governor’s latest executive order expands the list of essential businesses based on updated guidance from the federal government. Now, lawncare and landscapers are permitted to continue working, along with garden centers and nurseries, so long as they follow the state’s social distancing guidelines.