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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

June 10: TURNING THE DIAL

COVID-19 continues to present an unprecedented challenge to our state. When our first cases started to appear in Minnesota, we weren’t ready to fight this virus. We needed time, and we asked Minnesotans to stay home so we could prepare. With the capacity that we built while Minnesotans stayed home, we can chart a new way forward. We can take a measured, Minnesota approach that protects public health and improves economic stability.

That’s why today the Governor is announcing a turning of the dial to open up more of society across the state. Starting Wednesday, June 10, people will be able to head inside to restaurants and bars. Gyms and fitness studios can resume operations. Pools will be open to children across the state. But all of that will require safe social distancing, strict capacity limits, and wearing masks. Under Phase III of the Stay Safe MN plan:

  • Restaurants can begin offering indoor dining while maintaining social distancing, requiring reservations, and seating no more than 50 percent occupancy.
  • Indoor social gatherings can take place with 10 people or less; outdoor social gatherings can take place with 25 people or less.
  • Gyms, personal fitness and yoga studios, and martial arts may open at 25 percent capacity.
  • Indoor entertainment venues, such as theaters and concert halls, can open at 25 percent capacity.
  • Places of worship can increase occupancy rates to 50 percent.
  • Recreational indoor entertainment venues, such as bowling alleys, arcades, and museums may open at 25 percent capacity.
  • Personal services, such as salons, tattoo parlors, and barbershops, may open at 50 percent capacity while requiring reservations.
  • Outdoor entertainment venues, such as sporting events, concerts, and theaters may open at 25 percent capacity.

And we are prepared to dial back if needed. We will continue to follow the guidance of public health experts and make data-driven decisions based on key measures from the Minnesota Department of Health.

May 18: STAY SAFE MN

With the Stay Home Executive Order set to expire on May 18, the Governor will replace it with an order continuing to encourage Minnesotans to stay close to home but allowing for gatherings of friends and family of 10 people or less. The Governor will also open retail stores and other main street businesses if they have a social distancing plan and operate at 50 percent occupancy. Additional guidance, including a template plan and checklist for businesses, is available on DEED’s website at mn.gov/deed/safework.

In conjunction with this announcement, the Governor signed Executive Orders to protect Minnesotans most at risk from the virus and safeguard workers. The first Executive Order strongly encourages Minnesotans at greatest risk of serious illness to continue staying home. The second Executive Order ensures workers can raise concerns regarding the safety of their work environments without fear of discrimination or retaliation. It also protects workers from loss of income if they refuse to work under unsafe or unhealthy conditions.

Following the guidance of public health officials, the Governor today announced a preliminary set of health indicators that could trigger a decision to re-impose restrictions to slow the spread of the virus. These indicators will be refined over time as we learn more about the virus and the course of the pandemic in Minnesota. They include the number of COVID-19 tests that can be conducted as well as the rate of increase in:

  • Number of new COVID-19 cases
  • Percent of COVID-19 tests that are positive
  • Percent of COVID-19 cases for which the source of infection is unknown

Minnesotans are still asked to stay close to home and limit travel to what is essential. In all cases, Minnesotans are asked not to gather in large groups. All gatherings are limited to 10 and social distancing with masks, hand-washing and other safety measures should be followed to protect each other.

April 8: STAY AT HOME ORDER EXTENDED TO MAY 18

Governor Tim Walz today extended the Stay Home Order until Monday, May 18. In an effort to get more Minnesotans back safely to work while the order remains in effect, the Governor announced that retail businesses and other non-critical businesses will resume operations with curbside pick-up.

“From building out critical hospital capacity to launching a landmark testing strategy, Minnesota has made meaningful progress in preparing for the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Governor Walz said. “Minnesotans have made this possible by staying home and holding down the rate of infection. But now is not the time for sudden movements. There’s more work to be done, and we need to keep this virus at a simmer, not a boil. Our action today prioritizes the safety of Minnesotans while taking cautious, strategic steps toward getting people safely back to work.”

Also, as part of his Executive Order today, Governor Walz strongly encouraged all Minnesotans to wear a manufactured or homemade mask any time they are outside their homes and social distancing is difficult.

Starting May 4, retail businesses and other non-critical businesses may begin offering curbside pick-up. This will put up to 30,000 Minnesotans back to work in a safe, coordinated way. Businesses must:

  • Develop and publicly post a plan for how to open safely.
  • Use online payment whenever possible.
  • Employees and customers should wear masks and protective equipment.
  • In curbside pick-up scenarios, social distancing guidelines apply. If possible, customers should not leave their vehicle.
  • In delivery scenarios, items should be deposited outside a customer’s residence.

Minnesotans should also continue to telework whenever possible, wear face masks in public, screen for symptoms and regularly check their temperature, and maintain physical distance from each other.

Updates on the COVID-19 pandemic in Minnesota are available at mn.gov/covid19/.

Frequently asked questions are available here: https://mn.gov/covid19/faq/.

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

 June 2: Governor Walz signed Executive Order 20-70 authorizing use of Trunk Highway right-of-ways for outdoor dining during COVID-19

 May 29: Governor Walz signed Executive Order 20-66 providing emergency relief from regulations to motor carriers and drivers

 May 27: Governor Walz signed Executive Order 20-63, which outlines the second phase of Stay Safe MN

May 23: Governor Walz signed Executive Order 20-62 to allow worship, weddings, and funerals to proceed as safely as possible

May 21: Governor Walz signed Executive Order 20-61 extending the relief from regulations for motor carriers and drivers operating in Minnesota declared in Executive Order 20-45

May 21: Governor Walz signed Executive Order 20-60 extending relief from regulations for motor carriers and drivers outlined in Executive Order 20-24

May 15: Governor Walz signed Executive Order 20-59 extending the relief from regulations for motor carriers and drivers operating in Minnesota declared in Executive Order 20-37

May 15: Governor Walz signed Executive Order 20-58 authorizing the Public Utilities Commission to hold remote meetings as necessary to protect health and safety

May 14: Governor Walz signed Executive Order 20-57 authorizing and directing the Commissioner of Education to allow for a safe and effective summer learning environment for Minnesota’s students

 May 13: Governor Walz signed Executive Order 20-56 safely reopening Minnesota’s economy and ensuring safe non-work activities during the COVID-19 peacetime emergency

May 13: Governor Walz signed Executive Order 20-55 protecting the rights and health of at-risk populations during the COVID-19 peacetime emergency

May 13: Governor Walz signed Executive Order 20-54 protecting workers from unsafe working conditions and retaliation during the COVID-19 peacetime emergency

May 13: Governor Walz signed Executive Order 20-53 extending the COVID-19 peacetime emergency declared in Executive Order 20-01

May 11: Governor Walz signed Executive Order 20-52 authorizing students in critical sectors to return to safe higher education institutions for completion of a postsecondary credential

May 5: Governor Walz signed Executive Order 20-51 requiring facilities to prioritize surgeries and procedures and provide safe environment during COVID-19 Peacetime Emergency

May 4: Governor Walz signed Executive Order 20-50 ensuring the protection of emergency government support and consumers’ financial security from consumer garnishment actions during the COVID-19 peacetime emergency

May 1: Governor Walz signed Executive Order 20-49, permitting food trucks to operate at up to six highway rest stops in Minnesota

April 30: Governor Walz signed Executive Order 20-48 extending and modifying the Stay at Home Order, continuing temporary closure of bars, restaurants, and other places of public accommodation, and allowing additional workers in certain non-critical sectors to return to safe work places

April 30: Governor Walz signed Executive Order 20-47 clarifying applicant of Executive Order 20-33 to homeless encampments

April 25: Governor Walz signed Executive Order 20-46 authorizing out-of-state healthcare professionals to render aid in Minnesota during the COVID-19 peacetime emergency

April 24: Governor Walz signed Executive Order 20-45 providing for emergency relief from regulations to motor carriers and drivers operating in Minnesota

April 24: Governor Walz signed Executive Order 20-44 providing for emergency relief from regulations to motor carriers and drivers operating in Minnesota

April 24: Governor Walz signed Executive Order 20-43 allowing shareholders flexibility to hold remote meetings and avoid gatherings during the COVID-19 peacetime emergency

April 24: Governor Walz signed Executive Order 20-42 ensuring that emergency economic relief does not prevent eligibility for essential human services programs during the COVID-19 peacetime emergency

April 23: Governor Walz signed Executive Order 20-41 authorizing and directing the Commissioner of Education to extend the distance learning period and continue to provide a safe learning environment for Minnesota’s students

April 23: Governor Walz signed Executive Order 20-40 allowing workers in certain non-critical sectors to return to safe workplaces

April 22: Governor Walz signed Executive Order 20-39 providing administrative flexibility to the Department of Human Rights

April 17: Governor Walz signed Executive Order 20-38 allowing for safe outdoor recreation

April 16: Governor Walz signed Executive Order 20-37 extending the relief from regulations for motor carriers and drivers operating in Minnesota declared in Executive Order 20-06

April 15: Governor Walz signed Executive Order 20-36 directing salary reductions for certain officials

April 13: Governor Walz signed Executive Order 20-35 extending the COVID-19 Peacetime Emergency declared in Executive Order 20-01
April 10: Governor Walz signed Executive Order 20-34 protecting Minnesota’s first responders by directing the Commissioner of Health to share information with the Department of Public Safety, 911 dispatchers, and first responders

April 8: Governor Walz signed Executive Order 20-33 Extending Stay at Home Order and Temporary Closure of Bars, Restaurants, and Other Places of Public Accommodation

April 8: Governor Walz signed Executive Order 20-32 Ensuring that Healthcare Providers Can Respond Quickly and Safely During the COVID-19 Peacetime Emergency

April 8: Governor Walz signed Executive Order 20-31 Providing for Relief from Regulations to Certain Motor Carriers and Drivers Operating in Minnesota

April 7 Governor Walz signed Executive Order 20-30 Providing National Guard Assistance for Spring Flood Response and Protection

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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