Stay Home Executive Order Extended Through May 4
The governor's Stay Home executive order has been extended through Monday, May 4. This order asks Minnesotans to stay in their homes except for essential needs. Remember to practice physical (social) distancing when you must go out and avoid gathering in large groups, even when outdoors. Visit mn.gov/covid19 to learn more about #StayHomeMN.
Masks Recommended in Public Settings
The CDC now recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (for example, grocery stores and pharmacies) to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others.
The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators. These critical supplies must be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders.
Cloth face coverings can be fashioned from household items or made at home from common material. Find more information and instructions to make homemade cloth face here.
Minnesota Discrimination Helpline
Amid rising reports of discrimination from the Asian American community, Governor Tim Walz and Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan launched this week a Discrimination Helpline to reinforce the state’s efforts to protect the civil rights of Minnesotans during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Minnesota residents who experience or witness bias and discrimination can call the Discrimination Helpline at 1-833-454-0148 or complete and submit this online form. Translation/interpretation services are available. The helpline is staffed Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
If you have been the victim of a crime, including a hate crime, or fear for your safety, call 911 immediately.
Find more information about Minnesota's response to the COVID-19 pandemic here.