Skip to main content

Walz: Decision on 'Stay at Home' extension expected midweek

The governor is considering tweaks to the order.
Screen Shot 2020-04-06 at 2.57.16 PM

Gov. Tim Walz says he's expecting to make a decision on whether to extend Minnesota's "Stay at Home" order by midweek.

Minnesota's current Stay at Home order expires this Friday, but the governor has indicated that he is considering extending it potentially to the end of April, given that the number of COVID-19 cases in Minnesota continues to rise.

He will base his decision on modeling of Minnesota's efforts to reduce the spread of the coronavirus, as well as conversations with large and small businesses and labor unions in the state.

There have been calls for Walz to allow, for example, golf courses to operate during the state's community mitigation and social distancing efforts, with Minnesota Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka among those calling for businesses involving outdoor activities be allowed to resume.

"I know the unknowns in this make it so frustrating to endure," Walz said. "We have been deliberate in our thinking, we have been thinking about ways to look at it and tweak it."

"We're assessing sector by sector, line by line as we look at the extension to the Stay at Home order. We're in agreement with the need to get people working as fast as we can, but the virus dictates this and we need to be creative about it."

He added: "We don't want to set up false hope this is going to be over quicker, but at the same time we don't want to do it too far out. We have to strike a proper balance and have data and facts support us."

Walz says that based on the data he's seeing, Minnesotans have been good at social distancing compared to surrounding states in most areas, but one areas it has not been good at is "in recreation areas."

Sign up for our BREAKING NEWS newsletters

It comes after concerns raised in recent weeks about crowding at parks in Minneapolis, for example, while Edina recently had to issue a ban on group activities after multiple reports of team sports being played despite recommendations against large gatherings.

The calls to let at least some sectors of business resume comes as Minnesota is preparing itself to take a financial hit to its tax revenues given so much of the state's commerce is being impacted by the shutdown.

While Minnesota has money in reserve thanks to years of saving, Minnesota Management and Budget (MMB) Commissioner Myron Frans said last week that the state could possibly run a budget deficit despite having projected a $1.5 billion prior to the COVID-19 crisis.

Gov. Walz admitted that the state would have to balance its budget given the impending lack of revenues.

"We want to get back to business as soon as possible, and I want to be clear if i thought it was healthy and I didn't think this would spread, I would open tomorrow."

Next Up

Screen Shot 2022-05-11 at 7.04.37 PM

LIVE UPDATES: Dangerous storms move through Twin Cities

We'll have live updates as the storms move through the metro.


Tornado watch issued in Twin Cities, southern Minnesota

The watch will remain in place until midnight.

Wild fox.

Wild fox in Minnesota tests positive for highly contagious avian flu

This is the first confirmed case of highly pathogenic avian influenza in a wild mammal in the state, the Department of Natural Resources said.

New COVID-19 testing site in Midway neighborhood.

New COVID-19 testing site in St. Paul; 3 others to close as cases rise

Testing sites in Stillwater, Hutchinson, and St. Paul are closing as part of moves to adjust testing resources.

Screen Shot 2022-05-11 at 4.47.49 PM

St. Joseph man dies in motorcycle crash

The 27-year-old motorcyclist struck a curb, causing him to lose control before he crashed.


Downtown bike day—city biking at its best!

Move Minneapolis and ABC Ramps Mobility invite you to come along for the ride at Target Plaza on June 1, 2022

Anthony Skelley

Charges: South St. Paul teen killed during apparent marijuana sale

The individual accused of killing Skelley is a 17-year-old from St. Paul.

Anthony Edwards

Anthony Edwards among NBA stars in Adam Sandler's Netflix film, 'Hustle'

The Timberwolves point guard stars alongside other NBA players LeBron James, Trae Young, Juancho Hernangomez and more.

police lights

Armed man found barricaded inside Brooklyn Park home, negotiators on scene

An active police presence remains in the area as negotiators speak with the suspect.

Anthony Skelley

17-year-old South St. Paul homicide victim is identified

The medical examiner determined that Skelley died of multiple gunshot wounds.

tornado, severe weather

Tornado watch issued in Minnesota, South Dakota, Iowa, Nebraska

Severe storms are expected to push into southwest Minnesota this afternoon.

Screen Shot 2021-05-27 at 9.08.37 AM

Korean chicken chain Bonchon's 6th MN location set to open

The South Korean-based franchise has steadily increased its presence across the country.


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.

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.

Screen Shot 2020-04-05 at 7.09.12 PM

Reports: Walz set to extend 'Stay at Home' order to May 4

The ongoing closure of dine-in service at bars and restaurant will also continue.

Tim Walz modeling

Here's why Minnesota extended the Stay at Home order

The Minnesota model is estimating at least 6,000 deaths over a 12-month period.

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.

coronavirus, covid-19

Stay-at-home order: List of essential jobs, reasons to leave your home

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

Governor Tim Walz

Walz to modify stay-at-home order, unveil new model data Wednesday

The governor provided a glimpse of what's to come during his Tuesday media briefing.