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St. Paul Bridge Fund – direct assistance for rent or mortgage payments for families, grants for immediate business expenses for small businesses. Applications for both programs will be open online starting April 8th, 2020.

Donate Good Stuff – How you can help.

MN State Fairgrounds open to traffic. Click here for updates. Planning and preparations continue for the 2020 Minnesota State Fair. Other events at fairgrounds currently cancelled.

Support Domestic Violence shelters and organizations. Find lists and links here.

View a list of restaurants to support courtesy of the Midway Chamber of Commerce

List of restaurants doing take-out and delivery, courtesy of District 10 Community Council

Meal delivery – Here’s a list of the non profits and businesses making home meal deliveries.

St. Paul School District meals for students

• Grief in these trying times. Read this blog by Inspired Journey’s Angela Woosley that offers tips on how to grieve while under quarantine.

• Safe Grocery shopping. Consider these tips on how to safely bring groceries, takeout and other items into your home and how to sanitize them based on research on how long COVID-19 lives on various surfaces.

FEMA rumor control page

Autism Support Guide to managing coronavirus. Get tips on managing self quarantine and social distancing.

Springboard for the Art’s Personal Emergency Relief Fund. The Relief Fund helps artists in Minnesota recover from personal emergencies by helping pay an unanticipated, emergency expense. Artists can request up to $500 to compensate for canceled work that was scheduled and lost due to COVID-19.

SCHOOLING KIDS?

Junior Achievement’s free online programsParents will find a variety of free financial literacy, work and career readiness, and entrepreneurship resources that children can do on their own, with a parent or other caring adult. K-12 educators can also access new and existing JA programs through the national JA USA Learning Management System. Junior Achievement’s experiential programs teach students in grades K-12 how to manage money, prepare for a successful career, think innovatively, and start businesses that create jobs. Programs are age-appropriate, hands-on, and engaging.

OFFICIAL ACTIONS

Actions by Governor Walz and Lt. Governor Flanagan

April 8: STAY AT HOME ORDER EXTENDED TO MAY 4

To continue Minnesota’s success in slowing the spread of COVID-19 across the state, Governor Tim Walz today extended the Stay Home Order until May 4.

“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. Updated federal guidance and our own public health experts are showing that if we keep staying home, we will save lives – which is why I made the data-driven decision to extend the Stay Home Order until May 4.”

The Governor’s order to stay home is forecasted to significantly slow the spread of COVID-19, pushing out the peak of the disease and allowing the state to continue key preparations for the pandemic. These preparations include building new hospital capacity and buying ventilators and masks, planning for how to protect those most at risk, expanding testing, and freeing up time for health care giants like the Mayo Clinic to develop critical treatments for the virus. The Stay Home Order is now extended to 11:59 pm on May 3, 2020.

“As a mom and a daughter, I know how challenging this is for Minnesota families – but it is working,” said Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan. “These decisions are guided by the best-available data, and we are constantly responding to new information and challenges. Staying home is the best strategy we have, and it is saving lives, especially of our most vulnerable.”

Consistent with the extended Stay Home Order, Executive Order 20-33 also extends the closure of bars, restaurants, and other public accommodations through 11:59 pm on May 3, 2020 and outlines exemptions to the Stay Home Order, including exempted activities and critical sector workers.

“We’re facing an historic public health crisis, and Minnesotans are rising to the challenge,” Minnesota Department of Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm said. “The social distancing and community mitigation efforts Governor Walz implemented have secured us much-needed time to prepare more fully for the predicted peak in cases, and today’s announcement gives us a better chance to save even more lives. We are thankful for the tremendous effort and sacrifices Minnesotans are making.”

Under the extended order, Minnesotans may leave their residences only to perform the following activities, and while doing so, they should practice social distancing:

    • Relocation to ensure safety, such as relocating to a different location if your home is unsafe due to domestic violence, sanitation, or reasons related to essential operations.
    • Health and safety activities, such as obtaining emergency services or medical supplies.
    • Outdoor activities, such as walking, hiking, running, biking, hunting, or fishing.
    • Necessary supplies and services, such as getting groceries, gasoline, or carry-out.
    • Essential intrastate and interstate travel, such as returning to a home from outside this state.
    • Care of others, such as caring for a family member, friend, or pet in another household.
    • Displacement, such as moving between emergency shelters if you are without a home.
    • Moving or relocation, such as moving to a new home or place of residence.
    • Voting, including all local and state elections.
    • Funerals, provided that no more than ten attendees are gathered and strict social distancing is enforced.
    • Tribal activities and lands, such as activities by members within the boundaries of their tribal reservation.

Executive Order 20-33 also orders that all workers who can work from home must do so. Workers in critical sectors who cannot work from home are permitted to go to work. Guidance related to critical sectors is available at http://mn.gov/deed/critical/.

March 25: STAY AT HOME ORDER:

Stay At Home Executive Order directing Minnesotans to limit movements outside of their homes beyond essential needs from Friday, March 27 at 11:59pm to Friday, April 10 at 5:00pm. By limiting social interactions, we decrease the transmission of COVID-19 and help ensure our health care sector can prepare for increased demands.

“We must take bold action to save the lives of Minnesotans,” said Governor Walz.“Having served as a Command Sergeant Major in the Army National Guard, I know the importance of having a plan. While the virus will still be here when this order ends, this action will slow the spread of COVID-19 and give Minnesota time to ready for battle.”

Modeling released today by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and University of Minnesota predicts that more than 70,000 Minnesotans could die from COVID-19 if we take no action. The Governor’s two-week order to stay home is forecasted to significantly slow the spread of COVID-19 and allow the state time to better prepare for the pandemic. These preparations include building hospital capacity, increasing access to life-saving equipment like ventilators, increasing testing, planning for how to care for vulnerable populations, and assessing public health data to determine which community mitigation strategies are most effective.

“We will work with our world-renowned health care sector, cutting-edge manufacturers, innovative business community, and strong-spirited Minnesotans across the state to tackle this virus head on,” Governor Walz continued. “These are trying times. But we are Minnesotans. We see challenges—and we tackle them. No matter how daunting the challenge; no matter how dark the times; Minnesota has always risen up—by coming together. If we unite as One Minnesota, we will save lives.”

Additional Executive Orders
The Governor also announced executive orders extending the closure of bars, restaurants, and other public accommodations until May 1, 2020 at 5:00pm and authorizing the Commissioner of Education to implement a Distance Learning Period for Minnesota’s students beginning on March 30 through May 4, 2020.

April 6: Governor Walz signed Executive Order 20-29 Amending Executive Order 20-05 to expedite state unemployment insurance benefits during the COVID-19 peacetime emergency.

April 6: Governor Walz signed Executive Order 20-28 allowing out-of-state mental health providers to render telehealth aid and permitting certain licensing boards to provide license and registration relief during the COVID-19 peacetime emergency.

April 3: Governor Walz signed Executive Order 20-27 providing for emergency relief from regulations to motor carriers and drivers operating in Minnesota.

March 31: Governor Walz signed Executive Order 20-26 ensuring continuing operations of the Medical Cannabis Program during the COVID-19 peacetime emergency.

March 31: Governor Walz signed Executive Order 20-25 authorizing peace officers, firefighters, and security-related licensing boards to modify requirements during the COVID-19 peacetime emergency.

March 27: Governor Walz signed Executive Order 20-24 providing emergency relief from regulations to motor carriers and drivers operating in Minnesota.

March 27: Governor Walz signed Executive Order 20-23  authorizing Minnesota health-related licensing boards to modify requirements during the COVID-19 peacetime Emergency.

March 27: Governor Walz signed Executive Order 20-22 allowing the State Auditor to work with local governments to adjust reporting deadlines for various financial reports.

March 27: Governor Walz signed Executive Order 20-21 amending Executive Order 20-07 to allow constitutional officers to implement leave for both classified and unclassified employees and to reassign and redeploy staff as needed.

March 25: Governor Walz signed Executive Order 20-20 directing Minnesotans to stay at home.

March 25: Governor Walz signed Executive Order 20-19 authorizing and directing the Commissioner of Education to implement a distance learning period and continue to provide a safe learning environment for Minnesota’s students.

March 25: Governor Walz signed Executive Order 20-18 continuing the closure of bars, restaurants, and other places of public accommodation.

March 23: Governor Walz signed Executive Order 20-17 clarifying application of Executive Order 20-09 to veterinary surgeries and procedures

March 23: Governor Walz signed Executive Order 20-16 directing non-hospital entities to inventory and preserve vital medical equipment during the COVID-19 peacetime emergency

March 23: Governor Walz signed Executive Order 20-15 providing immediate relief to small businesses during the COVID-19 peacetime emergency

March 23: Governor Walz signed Executive Order 20-14 suspending evictions and writs of recovery during the COVID-19 peacetime emergency

March 21: Governor Walz signed Executive Order 20-13 authorizing National Guard assistance to COVID-19 Response, beginning with transportation and logistics in stockpiling personal protective equipment for health care workers.

March 20: Governor Walz signed Executive Order 20-12 preserving access to human services programs.

March 20: Governor Walz signed Executive Order 20-11 securing Federal authority to continue human services programs. 

March 20: Governor Walz signed Executive Order 20-10 combatting price gouging.

March 19: Governor Walz signed Executive Order 20-09 to delay elective surgeries and procedures in order to conserve health care resources and reduce contact between patients and providers.

March 18: Governor Walz took action to support businesses affected by COVID-19 by announcing a 30-day Sales and Use Tax grace period for businesses identified in Executive Order 20-04.

March 18: Governor Walz signed Executive Order 20-08 clarifying the types of businesses and places of public accommodation subject to closure per Executive Order 20-04. The executive order clarifies that the closure order applies to salons, barbershops, and other similar establishments.

March 17: Governor Walz signed Executive Order 20-07 providing paid leave for state employees who are not able to work for reasons related to COVID-19 and suspended the waiting period for insurance coverage for new employees.

March 17: Governor Walz signed Executive Order 20-06 to exempt vehicles and drivers providing direct assistance for emergency relief efforts in response to COVID-19 from certain regulations including provisions on weight and hours of service.

March 17: Governor Walz signed Ch. 70 S.F. 4334 into law, allocating $200 million toward an emergency and long-term grant program to respond to the needs of health care and long-term care facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

March 16: Governor Walz signed Executive Order 20-05 to strengthen Minnesota’s Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund and ensure that workers who are not able to work as a result of COVID-19 have benefits available. Specifically, this Executive Order waives the employer surcharge and allows the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development to pay unemployment benefits immediately, providing fast relief to employees who need it.

March 16: Governor Walz signed Executive Order 20-04 to order the temporary closure of Minnesota restaurants and bars to dine-in customers. He also ordered the temporary closure of other places of public accommodation and amusement, including theaters, museums, fitness centers, and community clubs.

March 16: Governor Walz signed Executive Order 20-03 to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Minnesota’s Veterans Homes. This executive order allows Veterans Homes to protect residents and staff by temporarily restricting visitors, reducing the risk of COVID-19 spread among residents.

March 15: Governor Walz signed Executive Order 20-02 authorizing the temporary closure of Minnesota K-12 public schools to students in order for school administrators and teachers to make long-term plans for the continuity of education and essential services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

March 13: Governor Walz signed Executive Order 20-01 declaring a peacetime emergency in Minnesota and unveiled legislative proposals to prepare for the COVID-19 pandemic.

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