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List of essential jobs and reasons you can leave your home during Minnesota's stay-at-home order

28% of Minnesota's workforce will be out of work during the 2-week order.

A stay-at-home order will go into effect in Minnesota at 11:59 p.m. Friday and last until 5 p.m., Friday, April 10 as state leaders continue to work with Minnesotans in a race against the rapidly spreading novel coronavirus. 

The pandemic has forced Gov. Tim Walz to put tighter restrictions on the movements of Minnesotans.

Per the executive order, these are the jobs/business types that are considered essential during the two-week shutdown, along with a list of reasons Minnesotans are allowed to leave their homes during the duration of the order. 

Related: Walz announces 'stay at home' order for Minnesota

What are essential jobs, business types?

About 78 percent of the jobs in Minnesota are in critical industries, so only 22 percent of jobs in the state are not defined as critical, which includes the bars and restaurants and places of amusement that have already been closed. 

Those bars, restaurants and places of amusement that have already been hit hard by mandatory closures comprises about a fifth of the 28 percent of Minnesota's workforce that will come to a halt due to the two-week stay-at-home order. 

Anyone with questions about whether their job or business is considered essential should email Here's a full list of essential jobs/business types (and yes, liquor stores can stay open): 

Healthcare and public health – which includes the following workers.

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Law enforcement, public safety, and first responders 

Food and agricultureas listed here.

Energyas listed here.

Water and wastewater – including State Park workers who maintain water infrastructure.

Transportation and logistics – including transit workers, state construction and interstate workers, bike shops and repairs, and car sales required for "essential travel."

Public Works as listed here.

Communications and information technology as listed here.

Other community-based government operations and essential functions – includes election support workers, homeless shelter and prevention staff, and building code workers.

Critical manufacturing as listed here.

Hazardous materials as listed here.

Financial services (banks, credit unions, insurance) as listed here.

Chemical as listed here.

Defense industrial baseas listed here.

Tribal Governments – those determined essential by tribal government.

The Judicial Branch – those deemed necessary by the Chief Justice to continue functioning of Minnesota's court system.

Executive Constitutional Offices – those deemed necessary to continue Minnesota's priority services including executive branch agencies and committees, the Minnesota State College and Universities system, and public retirement systems.

The Legislative Branch – as deemed essential by the presiding officers of each body.

Federal Employees – nothing in the order will prohibit or restrict the operations of the federal government.

National Guard – limited to National Guard members that are on orders, to include state active duty, Title 32, or Title 10 orders and members in an Inactive Duty for Training status.

Faith leaders and workers – officials, workers, and leaders in houses of worship and other places of religious expression or fellowship, wherever their services may be needed, including staff required to broadcast services.

Construction and critical trades – electricians, plumbers, HVAC, custodians, etc.

Child care providers – will continue to be encouraged to remain open.

Hotels, residential facilities and shelters – includes hotel and motel workers and those working at shelters for domestic abuse victims, and facilities for those with disabilities, substance abuse disorders, and intellectual disabilities.

Shelters for displaced individuals – people supporting emergency shelters, drop-in centers and encampments.

Charitable and social services organizations – includes those engaged in hunger relief work, and those that provide food, shelter, prescription delivery, mental health and substance abuse treatments, and other social services, as well as other necessities of life for individuals in need of such services, older adults who live alone, people with disabilities, and those who need assistance as a result of this emergency.

Legal services – including those required to aid critical government services, as well as those required to provide representation critical to the health, safety and liberties of Minnesotans, including end of life planning, immigration, and domestic abuse, and those supporting housing and shelter applications.

Notaries – This category is limited to notaries performing services that cannot be deferred and which cannot be accomplished via remote services

Critical Labor Union Functions – This category includes labor union essential activities, including the administration of health and welfare funds, and monitoring the wellbeing and safety of members providing services in the Critical Sectors.

Laundry services – workers who support laundromats, dry cleaners, industrial laundry services, and laundry service providers for other Critical Sectors.

Animal shelters and veterinarians – veterinarians and workers at animal care facilities or Department of Natural Resources workers who provide food, shelter, veterinary services, and other necessities of life for animals. These facilities will be prohibited from conducting elective procedures however.

Real Estate Transactions – workers who facilitate and finance real estate transactions and real estate services, including appraisers and title services.

Essential Supply Stores – This category is limited to workers at businesses that sell products, tools, materials, or supplies necessary for: (1) the above Critical Sectors to continue their essential operations, (2) for workers to work from home, or (3) for the maintenance of the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of homes or residences.

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Reasons you can leave your home

Relocation to ensure safety: this could be due to a threat of domestic violence, or if essential operations of the home (example: furnace) are not working. 

Health and safety activities: people seeking emergency services, getting medical supplies, going to the pharmacy for medication, going to doctor/dental appointments, veterinary appointments, and donating blood. 

Outdoor activities: walking, hiking, running, biking, driving for pleasure, hunting, or fishing, and may go to available public parks and other public recreation lands, consistent with remaining at least six feet apart from individuals from other households.

Getting necessary supplies: getting food, beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic), groceries, gasoline, supplies needed to work from home, other essential home supplies. Laundromats and dry cleaners can remain open. 

Travel to and from home: this includes people traveling in and out of Minnesota. 

Care for others: leaving your home to take care of a family member, friend, or pet at another household. This includes transporting children on visitation schedules with parents. 

Displacement: homeless people can move between emergency shelters, drop-in centers, and encampments. 

Tribal activities and lands: tribal members within boundaries of their tribal reservation are exempt from the executive order.

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