The afternoon of March 25, 2020, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz announced Executive Order 20-20, directing Minnesotans to stay at home. According to the order, “Beginning on Friday, March 27, 2020 at 11:59 pm through Friday, April 10, 2020 at 5:00 pm, all persons currently living within the State of Minnesota are ordered to stay at home or in their place of residence except to engage in the Activities and Critical Sector work set forth” later in the order.

The 21-page order includes the CISA Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce, as well as a lengthy list of exemptions to the order. Further information, and a link to apply for a special exemption, can be found on the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) website:

In addition to the above order, Governor Walz also issued Executive Order 20-18, extending the existing closure of “bars, restaurants and other places of accommodation” until May 1, and Executive Order 20-19 directing schools to use distance learning through May 4.

March 25, 2020