Information about the Coronavirus in Minnesota
In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, I want to ensure you have access to the best available information for yourself and your loved ones as the situation progresses.
As of May 18th, Governor Walz’s Stay Safe MN executive order is in effect. The Stay Safe order replaces the Governor’s Stay at Home order. It is still very important to be cautious about spreading the virus by doing things like wearing cloth masks, staying six feet away from others, and handwashing frequently, but gatherings of up to 10 people are now allowed. Higher-risk Minnesotans like anyone over 65 and people with underlying health conditions should still stay home whenever possible. Anyone who is able to work remotely still should. As before, you are allowed to go to grocery stores, medical appointments, and exercise outside while maintaining social distance. Additionally, under the Stay Safe order, customer-facing businesses like retail stores are allowed to reopen with certain restrictions. For details and resources on reopening, see our Small Business page.
Based on Minnesota’s COVID-19 data and guidance from public health experts, the Governor can dial back the order at any time to help slow the spread. Frequently asked questions and more information can be found here.
To address the economic impacts of coronavirus, the House and Senate voted to pass the H.R. 748, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which is the largest stimulus package in history. While the bill provides vital financial aid to working-class families, small businesses, and healthcare professionals – with provisions such as direct cash assistance to Americans, expanded unemployment benefits and timeline, direct money to small businesses who maintain payroll, and $100 billion in assistance to hospitals – there is still much work that needs to be done. I am fighting for more solutions that meet the scale of this crisis. Americans need universal, monthly cash assistance and universal healthcare coverage for coronavirus testing and treatment. They need direct relief from student debt, mortgages, and rent payments. We must ensure that there is an ample financial safety net for all people, regardless of employment or immigration status, criminal history, religion, or identity.
Our team stands ready to help however we can. If you have an issue with a government agency, federal or otherwise, please reach out to MN05.Info@mail.house.gov and it will be routed to the appropriate staffer.