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Gov. Walz hints that Minnesota's stay-at-home order could extend through end of April

The current order expires April 10 at 5 p.m.

There is a week remaining on Minnesota's stay-at-home order, but all signs point to Gov. Tim Walz extending the order, possibly until the end of April. 

"We're using the federal standards but trying to adapt," Gov. Walz said Friday. "We're trying to figure out what's the best science, what's the best health advice to keep people safe, but what is the most sustainable? This is going to get really hard. 

"There's certainly a probability that we will at least go to the CDC standards and the president's place where they went until the end of April."

President Trump, earlier this week, extended the federal social distancing standards to run through April 30. The White House's social distancing guidance encourages Americans to avoid groups of more than 10 people and advises older people, who are more vulnerable to serious symptoms from COVID-19, to stay home. 

"We're trying to look, be thoughtful with the data, and modify a way," Gov. Walz added, saying "a lot of this depends on how well Minnesotans adhere to it without us telling them to so that they're not jeopardizing the gains that we're making."

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Approximately 28 percent of Minnesota's workforce is affected by the mandatory closures of restaurants, bars, places of amusement and other non-essential businesses that are barred from opening their places of business during the stay-at-home order. 

Walz also said that he's worried by the fact that Iowa, South Dakota and North Dakota have yet to enact a stay-at-home order, but suggested that "it's only a matter of time that they will issue those." 

The current stay-at-home order lifts at 5 p.m. next Friday, April 10. 

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