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Posted on: May 8, 2020

Stay at Home Information for Cities

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On April 30, 2020, Gov. Walz issued Emergency Executive Order 20-48 extending the Stay-at-Home Order until Monday, May 18, 2020. The order also extends the closure of bars, restaurants, and other places of public accommodation until May 18. In addition, it allows retail businesses and other non-critical businesses to open and begin offering delivery and curbside pickup starting May 4.

Gov. Walz had issued the first Stay-at-Home Order on March 25, along with two other emergency executive orders announcing additional restrictions in response to COVID-19. On April 8, he extended the Stay-at-Home Order to May 4 with Executive Order 20-33.

Get answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) regarding the Stay-at-Home Executive Order:

Q1. The governor’s Executive Order 20-20 refers to “critical sectors.” Which city employees are included?

Q2. What about employees who are needed to support the work of “critical sector” employees?  Are they included too?

Q3. Do employees need some kind of ID to continue the work? Do we need to provide them a letter? If so, can LMC provide a template?

Q4. Does our city hall have to close? What about other facilities?

Q5. What if we don’t have the right technology to allow telework?  Can we just shut down city operations?

Q6. How do we get city supplies if everything is closed?

Q7. What if our “critical sector” employees refuse to come to work out of fear of contracting COVID-19?

Q8. Do police personnel have to enforce this Order? (Updated Apr 2, 2020)

Q9. Cities get to determine “minimum personnel necessary to maintain government operations.” Can that just be done by staff delegated to act on behalf of the city or does it need formal action by the city council?

Q10. Is it up to each city to determine what are city-related “critical sectors”?

Q11. Are there penalties associated with violating the order?

Q12. Do our playgrounds have to be closed? (Updated Apr 8, 2020)

Q13. Can the city library remain open? Can the library provide drive up service? (Updated Apr 24, 2020)

Q14. Businesses in my city are seeking clarification on eligibility for critical sector worker exemptions. What information is available to help them? (Updated Apr 8, 2020)

Q15. Under Executive Order 20-33, are non-critical businesses allowed to have employees report to work now for basic operations? (Added Apr 8, 2020)

Q16. Minnesota fishing opener is just a few weeks away. Can businesses and residents be preparing for this? (Added Apr 17, 2020)

Q17. Can golf courses be open for use? (Added Apr 17, 2020)

Q18. Can we open our city campground? (Added Apr 17, 2020)

Q1. The governor’s Executive Order 20-20 refers to “critical sectors.” Which city employees are included?

A1. All political subdivisions of the state will determine the minimum personnel necessary to maintain governmental operations.  The order specifically includes employees in the following areas as critical sector employees, as well as others:

  • Healthcare and public health
  • Law Enforcement, public safety, and first responders
  • Animal Control
  • Energy
  • Water and wastewater
  • Transportation and logistics
  • Public works
  • Elections
  • Community-based government operations and essential functions
  • Tribal governments
  • Education
  • Notaries
  • Essential supply stores
  • Personnel in emergency management, law enforcement, fire, ambulance service, including front line and management
  • Employees needed to maintain gas/electric/water/sewer utility operations
  • Workers who support the operation of critical sector workers

Specific guidance regarding the definition of these and other categories can be found through the Department of Employment and Economic Development.  In addition more information can be found in these FAQs on the U.S. Census website.

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