Walz asks Minnesotans to ‘shelter at home’ for 2 weeks
Governor Tim Walz has announced additional restrictions in response to the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Minnesota.
Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Minnesota have already impacted people across demographics from 6 months to 94 years old.
”It’s too late to flatten the curve,” Walz said in a statewide address on Wednesday, stressing that the state’s objective is to buy time to avoid overloading Minnesota hospitals.
In response, the Governor is asking for Minnesota residents to ‘shelter at home’ for the next two weeks, including:
- Limit movement outside the home beyond essential needs
- Continue with closure of bars and restaurants
- Authorization of distance learning in schools until May 4th
- Get outside, but practice social distancing
Grocery stores, gas stations, and hospitals will remain open during this time.
Employees of ‘essential’ industries are asked to continue to report to work as usual.
During the next two weeks, Walz said, structures such as hotels and sports arenas across the state will be turned into hospitals to increase ICU (Intensive Care Unit) capacity.