Reaction to Gov. Walz lifting 'stay-at-home' order

'We’re moving in the right direction. This is really good news.'

Posted: May 13, 2020 6:15 PM
Updated: May 13, 2020 8:45 PM

KIMT-TV 3 – Reaction is coming in to Governor Tim Walz’ decision to relax coronavirus-related restrictions in Minnesota.

House Minority Leader Kurt Daudt, (R-Crown) issued the following statement:

"Thank you to every Minnesotan who called, emailed, and wrote to Gov. Walz.  The governor is finally listening to the thousands of Minnesotans who have been asking for an end to these forced closures and the devastation they have caused to families and businesses across the state. For some, this announcement comes too late, and their doors will never reopen."

"Many restaurants, salons, and other businesses have been planning for weeks to reopen — if they can do so safely, they should be allowed to do so."

Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka (R-East Gull Lake) says he supports the lifting of the stay-at-home order on May 18:

“We’re moving in the right direction. This is really good news. I’m glad that he listened to us and I feel like we lead the way. Now it’s up to us, you and me, that we practice safe distancing. I have every confidence we’re going to be able to do it. Minnesota is back on track.”

Mary C. Turner, President of the Minnesota Nurses Association, issued this statement:

"With the lapse in the 'Stay at Home' order and the move to a less restrictive 'Stay Safe' order, the Minnesota Nurses Association urges state officials, hospital administrators, and all Minnesotans to protect healthcare workers and each other by increasing our supply of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), dramatically expanding capacity for COVID-19 virus testing, and continuing to social distance. Failure to protect each other will result in a dramatic spike in positive cases, overload hospitals, and cause the very caregivers we need to succumb to the virus themselves."

The Minnesota Nurses Association has reservations with the timing of lifting the state's shelter-in-place orders at a time when hospitals continue to dangerously ration PPE, new supply lines have not appeared in state warehouses, and the Minnesota Department of Health still cannot show that testing has dramatically increased."

Nurses also hope to re-open Minnesota businesses as soon as possible, but, just as many other Minnesotans have expressed, it’s not possible to do so without jeopardizing the safety of healthcare workers and all Minnesotans."

Nurses believe that the decision to turn the dial to re-open Minnesota requires every Minnesotan to turn the dial to find more PPE, more beds, and more tests while protecting healthcare workers and each other."

Here is Minnesota Retailers Association President Bruce Nustad's statement on Governor Walz's May 18 re-opening of retail establishments:

"Retailers across and in each corner of the State welcome Governor Walz’s announcement this evening that customers can return to in-store shopping May 18 under social distancing best practices."

"The safety of customers and workers in stores will be at the forefront of each transaction, and we know when stores re-open on or after May 18 they will be prepared and ready to welcome back customers."

"The Minnesota Retailers Association has been working closely with a retail roundtable workgroup representing retailers, chambers of commerce, associations, local government and other stakeholders alongside DEED leadership over the past weeks. The resulting re-open plan puts safety standards in place while allowing retailers to adopt customized protocols based on store layout, type of business and customer flow. The industry’s re-open plan and best practices are drawn from federal, state and local guidance as well as learnings from retailers that have been operating during the pandemic."

"We are grateful the Governor took this step today as this action is an important step balancing public health and economic health. We look forward to continuing to work with the Governor and his commissioners on the critical next steps for Minnesota’s retailers and consumers"

Charlie Weaver, executive director of the Minnesota Business Partnership, issued the following statement regarding Governor Walz’ announcement:

“The Governor took an important step toward reopening Minnesota tonight. We know this was not an easy decision, but the Governor’s decision to allow the stay-at-home order to expire and his plan to lift further restrictions on June 1 will help protect public health while allowing our state’s economy to begin the road to recovery.”

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison issued the following statement on Governor Tim Walz’s new executive orders:

“As a member of the Executive Council, I support Governor Walz’s new executive orders and will vote to approve them this evening. As Attorney General and Minnesota’s chief legal officer, Governor Walz is continuing to act fully within his legal and constitutional authority in issuing all these orders. My office is ready to and will defend any and all of them, as well as the Governor’s power to issue them."

“I appreciate the care and sensitivity that the Governor is bringing to gradually turning the dial on reopening Minnesota. He’s not just carelessly flipping a switch: he’s intentionally relying on epidemiology, testing, and the science of human behavior in a way that will make life easier while also protecting life. I’m especially glad to see the protections for workers and vulnerable people. I strongly support those measures. He’s also relying on Minnesotans’ strength and trust to continue to be safe and look out for one another, while also extending the peacetime emergency to be ready to act if need be."

“I know this moment has been difficult economically and socially for so many of us. While these measures will ease some of those difficulties, our responsibilities as a people for our own health and the health of everyone else are far from over. I join the Governor in strongly reiterating that if you can work from home, you must work from home — with emphasis on ‘must.’ More broadly, it is the moral duty of all of us as Minnesotans and human beings to continue to practice social distancing, to wear masks in public to ensure the safety of all workers and vulnerable Minnesotans, and to follow all the provisions of the order to keep ourselves and each other safe. That shouldn’t be hard, because Minnesotans naturally care for each other. Now more than ever, we’ll get through this together.”

The Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce put the following post on its Facebook page:

"The Rochester Area Chamber is pleased that Governor Walz has heard and responded to small business' request for fairness and equity as he moves the dial allowing them to reopen sooner rather than later. We strongly encourage small businesses to have a preparedness plan and do everything to ensure the safety and health of their employees and customers as we chart our path forward."

Minnesota Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 90017

Reported Deaths: 2017
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Hennepin25857922
Ramsey10492318
Dakota7125125
Anoka5753132
Stearns377023
Washington357355
Scott242633
Olmsted228727
Nobles193116
Blue Earth15986
Wright15337
St. Louis135234
Carver13517
Rice13018
Mower12864
Clay126140
Sherburne109314
Kandiyohi9312
Winona85018
Lyon6464
Waseca5328
Steele5212
Freeborn5163
Benton5113
Watonwan5054
Nicollet49916
Todd4792
McLeod4462
Chisago4441
Le Sueur4444
Crow Wing43318
Otter Tail3924
Beltrami3764
Goodhue3309
Martin3199
Pine2810
Itasca27713
Polk2734
Isanti2580
Douglas2491
Becker2442
Carlton2391
Cottonwood2190
Pipestone2129
Unassigned20952
Morrison2031
Dodge1990
Chippewa1921
Sibley1793
Meeker1772
Wabasha1740
Brown1732
Yellow Medicine1582
Murray1542
Rock1520
Mille Lacs1453
Redwood1400
Jackson1331
Faribault1320
Renville1286
Cass1253
Roseau1160
Swift1141
Pennington1121
Houston1100
Fillmore1080
Kanabec1058
Koochiching1053
Lincoln1020
Stevens931
Pope880
Hubbard820
Aitkin711
Big Stone680
Wadena650
Grant584
Wilkin553
Lake530
Norman510
Marshall491
Lac qui Parle460
Mahnomen451
Red Lake390
Traverse300
Clearwater260
Lake of the Woods201
Kittson120
Cook60

Iowa Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 80106

Reported Deaths: 1256
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Polk15318256
Johnson499527
Woodbury498961
Black Hawk434986
Linn3783106
Story328617
Dubuque279840
Scott279727
Dallas269038
Pottawattamie200037
Buena Vista194712
Marshall176134
Sioux13503
Wapello126757
Webster119314
Clinton107018
Muscatine106452
Plymouth105220
Crawford10014
Cerro Gordo99621
Warren9286
Jasper76632
Des Moines7417
Marion7154
Tama69031
Carroll6345
Henry6074
Lee5967
Wright5621
Dickinson4856
Boone4677
Bremer4627
Washington43111
Louisa42515
Mahaska34019
Franklin33617
Delaware3353
Hamilton3143
Jackson3003
Floyd2983
Winneshiek2985
Clay2923
Benton2861
Hardin2761
Winnebago27111
Butler2592
Clarke2553
Emmet25210
Poweshiek2498
Lyon2483
Allamakee2455
Jones2443
Buchanan2421
Shelby2421
Clayton2323
Guthrie2235
Cedar2211
Chickasaw2210
Kossuth2190
Sac2140
Grundy2052
Madison2052
Cherokee1942
Fayette1911
Iowa1851
Mitchell1830
Howard1825
Harrison1782
Humboldt1733
Hancock1722
Calhoun1702
Mills1681
Palo Alto1600
Pocahontas1522
Monroe14810
Lucas1426
Page1420
Monona1381
Jefferson1341
Cass1332
Osceola1260
Appanoose1233
Taylor1231
Union1223
Davis1144
Van Buren1101
Worth1020
Ida970
Keokuk911
Fremont870
Greene870
Montgomery865
Wayne822
Adair661
Audubon641
Decatur590
Ringgold412
Adams280
Unassigned160
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