Rochester, MN (KROC AM News) - It’s here. Minnesota’s “Stay At Home” order took effect at midnight Friday as another way to deal with the coronavirus crisis.

The order was issued by Gov. Walz Wednesday and will be in effect through 5:00 PM April 10.

According to the order:
Minnesotans may leave their residences only to perform any of the following activities, and while doing so, they should practice social distancing:
Health and safety activities, such as obtaining emergency services or medical supplies
Outdoor activities, such as walking, hiking, running, biking, hunting, or fishing
Necessary Supplies and Services, such as getting groceries, gasoline, or carry-out
Essential and interstate travel, such as returning to a home from outside this state
Care of others, such as caring for a family member, friend, or pet in another household
Displacement, such as moving between emergency shelters if you are without a home
Relocation to ensure safety, such as relocating to a different location if your home has been unsafe due to domestic violence, sanitation, or essential operations reasons
Tribal activities and lands, such as activities by members within the boundaries of their tribal reservation

Many businesses will be permitted to remain open during the order.

Workers who work in critical sectors during this time are exempt from the stay at home order. This includes, but is not limited to, jobs in:

Healthcare and public health;
Law enforcement, public safety, and first responders;
Emergency shelters, congregate living facilities, drop-in centers;
Child care;
Food and agriculture;
News media;
Energy;
Water and wastewater; and
Critical manufacturing.

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