While Gov. Tim Walz's extension of the Stay at Home order was broadly similar to the one we've been under for 2 weeks, there have been some changes to what is considered "critical" work sectors.
Under a series of modifications to the original order revealed on Wednesday, more workers and businesses are now exempt from the order as of Thursday, provided they can adhere to social distancing guidelines.
Gov. Walz said conversations will continue and changes will be made to the order as the shutdown period continues, potentially allowing more businesses to re-open.
Here are a look at the workers/businesses now considered "critical" under the order, some of which have been announced prior to today:
– Workers supporting minimum basic operations in all businesses and other organizations: This could mean maintaining the value of a business' inventory; preserving the condition of a business' facilities; processing payroll; activities required to help other staff work from home; and ensuring security of a business. This, for example could include workers who conduct mowing and maintenance of golf courses during the period they're closed.
– Workers supporting the medical cannabis industry.
– Lawncare and landscaping workers.
– Workers supporting garden centers and nurseries, provided they adhere to guidelines from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture.
– Workers supporting florists for the sale of delivery-only perishable stock.
– Car, motorcycle, ATV and RV sales necessary for the support of critical sectors, provided they're conducted by appointment and provided CDC guidelines including social distancing can be met.
– Workers who clean public transportation, government services, or critical sector vehicles.
– Workers supporting building code enforcement necessary to maintain public health and safety, and for all ongoing construction.
– Workers, including logistical and contract workers, critical to facilitating national, state, and local emergency response operations.
– Workers required to process hunting and fishing licenses, where it's impractical for people to apply online.
– Workers at gun stores (which were allowed to stay open after original order was clarified). Gun ranges and clubs must remain closed.
– Workers at arts and crafts stores, but only for the purpose of distributing materials that can be used to make personal protective equipment (PPE) for pickup or delivery.
– Workers providing care – such as daycare or boarding businesses – to the pets of critical workers, the disabled, or the ill/quarantined.
– Workers supporting pet adoption and fostering, provided paperwork and payment is done online and social distancing is observed during adoption process.