Governor Walz today extended the Stay Home Order until May 18 in order to continue Minnesota’s success in slowing the spread of COVID-19 across the state.
“What we are doing is working, Minnesota,” said Governor Walz. “We are taking this seriously, and we are staying home. While Minnesota is showing lower rates of infections than our peers across the country, now is not the time to let up or allow that trajectory to change.”
Original Stay-at-home Order
Governor Walz issued Executive Order 20-20 asking Minnesotans to stay at home whenever possible starting Friday, March 27 at 11:59 p.m., and continuing for two weeks until Friday, April 10. This executive order is intended to help minimize the spread of COVID-19 and ensure that our health care facilities have the capacity to handle all patients who need treatment, whether for COVID-19 or any other matter requiring hospitalization.
You can still go to the grocery store, medical appointments and the pharmacy, to get take-out, to walk your dog, ride your bike, be in nature, or pick up essentials for your family and friends. You should not go to work unless you provide an essential service, socialize in groups, or visit your loved ones in hospitals or nursing homes under most circumstances.
Essential services include health care and public health, pharmacies, law enforcement, public safety, first responders, childcare, homeless shelters, food and agriculture, news media, energy, water and wastewater, and critical manufacturing. This list includes most, but not every, essential service. If you have questions about essential services, or if your job is included in the definition of essential services, please contact CriticalSectors@state.mn.us. Resources outlining what essential services are and which activities are acceptable can be found at the end of this update as well.
BMNA BOARD ACTIONS
We want to stress that we are at a point where every Minnesotan has a very important role to play in limiting the spread of the COVID outbreak in our communities: stay at home, cover your cough, and practice good hand hygiene. You can find extensive information about COVID-19 on the Minnesota Department of Health website.
The BMNA has taken the following actions in light of the Governor's executive order -
1. The April Board meeting will be scheduled for April 15th and be conducted via an online forum. The reschedule is to honor Passover.
2. The annual Festival of Garage Sales scheduled for the first weekend of May is postponed. A new date has not been identified.
3. The Garden Tour scheduled for this summer is cancelled.
Also, several Bryn Mawr businesses continue to be open during this shutdown. This includes the Market, Cuppa Java, Bryn Mawr Pizza, La Mesa among others.
We encourage you to follow the guidelines during this crisis and remember and support your neighbors and local businesses.
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