Reports: Gov. Tim Walz expected to extend, but loosen Stay at Home order

The extended order will expire on May 18.
Author:
Publish date:

Minnesota's Stay at Home order is expected to remain in place for a further two weeks, with Gov. Tim Walz set announce its extension – with changes – until May 18.

The current order is due to come to an end on Monday, but will be extended as there aren't yet signs that Minnesota's COVID-19 deaths and hospitalizations are slowing.

After a dip in deaths and ICU cases in recent days, Thursday saw a further 24 deaths confirmed in Minnesota – the second highest single-day total yet – as well as jumps in the number of hospitalized (201 to 235) and critical patients (119 to 130).

As well as the Stay at Home order, the ban on dine-in service at bars and restaurants, as well as entertainment and public accommodation venues, is also being extended.

But there are reports that Gov. Walz will make some additional changes that will allow more businesses to reopen.

Per Blois Olson, the political analyst for WCCO-AM, these will include allowing more small retailers to operate curbside pick-up and delivery services.

Currently, the majority of retailers have been required to close unless they sell essential goods including groceries, alcohol, or building materials.

But during the course of the existing Stay at Home order, Gov. Walz has already loosened restrictions to allow for golf courses, marinas, garden centers, and non-customer-facing commercial and industrial businesses to reopen.

Sign up for our BREAKING NEWS newsletters

One other thing to look out for is whether there will be any lifting of restrictions on elective medical procedures, which have been curtailed since mid-March as the state ramped up its capacity to handle COVID-19 cases.

Minnesota now has significant capacity of ICU beds and ventilators, though some of its personal protective supplies, notably gowns, require replenishing.

Screen Shot 2020-04-30 at 12.19.36 PM

Next Up

Screen Shot 2020-12-02 at 9.55.05 PM

Small plane lands on northbound I-35W in Twin Cities

A large police presence is at the scene.

Plainview

Judge orders Minnesota gym that defied shutdown to close

Attorney General Keith Ellison sued the gym after it remained open.

montana cutbank

Charges: Man shot victim 'without provocation' using sawed-off shotgun

The incident happened on Nov. 24 in Ten Lake Township, located in Beltrami County.

Governor Tim Walz

Watch live: Walz, first responders address Minnesotans

Some departments have been forced to shift staffing or suspend service due to COVID-19.

covid-19, coronavirus

CDC says COVID-19 quarantine period can be cut to 10 or 7 days

You can come out of a 7-day quarantine following exposure provided you've had a negative test.

maple grove fire

1 person found dead inside Maple Grove business that burned down

A person had been unaccounted following the fire that destroyed Hanson Implement and Storage Tuesday night.

One-dollar bill, cash, money

Appeals court rules MN high school students can get unemployment benefits

They've been denied the benefits, and some were even asked to pay them back.

covid-19, coronavirus

Dec. 2 COVID-19 update: 77 more deaths in Minnesota

The death toll is closing in on 3,700 in Minnesota.

City Pages

Fan creates City Pages archive, Star Tribune tells him to remove it

After word spread that the defunct newspaper's website would go down, a fan created his own copy. Then he got a cease and desist letter.

Adam Thielen

Vikings activate Adam Thielen off COVID-19/reserve list

The star receiver missed last week's victory over Carolina.

Screen Shot 2020-12-02 at 10.27.14 AM

Naked man shot by St. Paul cop is charged for sexual assault of ex-girlfriend

The 31-year-old suspect remains at Regions Hospital after being shot.

Related

Governor Tim Walz

Gov. Tim Walz extends Stay at Home order till May 18, with changes

The governor confirmed the order's extension during his Thursday press conference.

Screen Shot 2020-04-29 at 1.04.04 PM

Gov. Tim Walz to make Stay at Home announcement Thursday

The governor is expected to extend the order, but allow more businesses to re-open.

Governor Tim Walz

Gov. Walz set to make Stay at Home announcement on Wednesday

The governor has to decide whether the Stay at Home order will be extended, possibly through the end of May.

Gov. Time Walz

Gov. Walz to let Stay at Home expire, extends peacetime emergency

The peacetime emergency is being extended to June 12.

Tim Walz modeling

Watch live: Gov. Walz updates Minnesota's Stay at Home order

The governor is expected to extend the order but provide modifications.

coronavirus, covid-19

Reports: Walz to let Stay at Home order expire, keep restaurant ban

The governor says Minnesota is still facing the worst of the virus.

Screen Shot 2020-04-17 at 2.58.26 PM

Watch live: Gov. Tim Walz gives Stay at Home update

The governor is addressing Minnesota on Wednesday evening.

Governor Tim Walz

Coronavirus: Gov. Walz to provide update in Thursday press conference

He is expected to announce an extended, but loosened Stay at Home order.