Governor Tim Walz has signed three additional executive orders to protect Minnesotans during the novel coronavirus pandemic. We'll have more details once Walz speaks at 2 p.m., but for now this is a quick summation of what all three orders mean for Minnesotans.
Order 20-10 - Ban on price gouging
The order prohibits companies from price gouging during the peacetime emergency. It's been reported throughout the state that essential products are being sold at excessive prices, which this order prohibits. The order goes into effect at 5 p.m. Saturday.
"Individuals found to be in violation are subject to investigation and enforcement by the Attorney General’s office. This executive order brings Minnesota, which does not have a statute on price gouging, in line with most other states in the United States," the order says.
"We were seeing hand sanitizer average for $60 a bottle, and others were hawking $1 a squirt for hand sanitizer," said Gov. Walz.
If you see an instance of price gouging, report it by calling 651-296-3353 or 800-657-3787, or file a complaint online here.
Order 20-11 - Ability to modify requirements of federal programs
This order gives the Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Human Services the authority to seek federal authority to waive or modify requirements for programs like the Minnesota Family Investment Program, Medical Assistance, and MinnesotaCare.
Order 20-12 - protecting the most vulnerable Minnesotans
This order allows the Department of Human Services to issue waivers or modifications to state requirements to make sure that DHS services continue without delay for Minnesotans during the COVID-19 epidemic. It protects people who are most vulnerable to the novel coronavirus, including older adults, individuals with disabilities, families with children, and individuals with mental illness.