Governor Tim Walz on Monday took extreme measures in an attempt to keep people from congregating to flatten the curve of the coronavirus outbreak in Minnesota.
While restaurants and bars being temporarily banned from having customers inside, there is a heaping load of other businesses and activities included in the mitigation act.
- Food courts
- Other places offering in-house food
- Brew pubs
- Tasting rooms
- Other places of public accommodating that offer alcohol on-site
- Hookah bars
- Cigar bars
- Vaping lounges offering on-site consumption
- Indoor and outdoor performance venues
- Fitness centers
- Recreation centers
- Indoors sports facilities
- Indoor exercise facilities
- Exercise studios
- Amusement parks
- Bingo halls
- Bowling alleys
- Indoor climbing facilities
- Skating rinks
- Trampoline parks
- Any other similar recreational/entertainment facilities
- Country clubs
- Golf clubs
- Boating or yacht clubs
- Sports or athletic clubs
- Dining clubs
The statewide ban on everything listed above goes into effect at 5 p.m. Tuesday and lasts through 5 p.m. March 27, although the end date could be extended if needed.
The executive action taken by the governor will leave hundreds of thousands of Minnesotans out of work. To make up for lost wages, the governor's order also includes the ability for every affected worker to apply for unemployment insurance immediately.
What it means:
- Immediate financial support for workers affected by business closures.
- Ensures anyone whose health or health of a loved one is affected by the crisis can apply for unemployment insurance.
Steve Grove, commissioner of the Department of Employment and Economic Development., urges every affected worker to go to UIMN.org and apply.
"It is critical that you use our website," Grove added, noting that call center lines need to be reserved for non-English-speaking workers and those without access to the internet.