Gov. Walz Orders Emergency 10-Day Closure of Some Businesses

Closures_ordered_Mar_17_to_27.JPGUsing “peacetime emergency” powers, on Monday evening Gov. Walz ordered a 10-day closure of some businesses. These include: bars, restaurant and coffee house seating areas (delivery or drive-thru still available), museums, movie theaters, indoor and outdoor performance venues, amusement parks, indoor gyms, sports facilities, bowling alleys, and boating clubs. The closure order is in effect from 5 PM Tuesday 3/17 through 3/27. The intent is to slow/prevent the spread of Covid-19 / Coronavirus.

The full list of what’s closed is in the image at left (Credit: Tom Hauser of KSTP). Note that grocery stores, convenience stores, and pharmacies will remain open.

Updated 3/17 to note also that Hennepin County library walk-in access is now closed thru 4/6.

Local news sources focused on different portions of the message and impacts and provide some insights.

Bring Me the News mentions what's open.

Star Tribune focused on St. Patrick's Day impacts.

Alpha News picked up on the unemployment impacts and Walz's statement that more or longer closures could be needed.