Frequently asked questions about the Stay At Home order

Source: State of Minnesota, #StayHomeMN


What is a stay at

home order?

A stay at home order directs Minnesotans to limit movements outside of their homes beyond essential needs. By limiting social interactions, we decrease the chance of transmission of COVID-19 and help our health care sector prepare for increased demands.

Why is this stay at home order necessary?

The COVID-19 pandemic presents an unprecedented danger to Minnesota. If Minnesota takes no action to combat the spread or fails to prepare our health care system, current modeling indicates that more than 70,000 of our loved ones, friends, and neighbors in Minnesota could die.

When is it okay for me to leave my home?

Minnesotans may leave their homes to pick up essential items such as groceries or food, prescriptions, and gas, to relocate for safety reasons, or go to work if their job is deemed essential in a sector. If you leave your home, practice social distancing measures and keep six feet between you and those around you. Everyone is encouraged to stay active outside during this time, provided they practice safe social distancing.

Permissible activities during the stay at home order include:

• Health and safety activities, such as obtaining emergency services or medical supplies

• Outdoor activities, such as walking pets, 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 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 or homeless 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 & Lands, such as activities by members within the boundaries of their tribal reservations

I feel unsafe in my home, can I leave?

If you feel unsafe in your home, you should leave. If you are in an emergency, call 911.

How often should I

purchase food and


Individuals and families should use their best judgement and purchase only what they need. Grocery stores and food supply chains are sufficiently stocked with enough food and essential items for all Minnesotans.

What stores will

remain open?

The executive order directs Minnesotans to stay home and only leave to care for essential needs. The executive order includes exemptions for workers who work at stores providing groceries and other essential supplies, so we expect many of those stores to remain open.

I’m out of state,

can I return?

Yes, individuals may travel to return to their home or residence.

What if I need to get tested for coronavirus or to go to the doctor?

You may leave your home to receive health care, including COVID-19 testing, emergency dental care and other kinds of necessary medical visits. We recommend people call ahead to their health care provider or doctor before seeking medical treatment.

What workers are exempt from the order?

Workers who provide critical services are exempt. Exemptions are based on federal guidance from the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security with some Minnesota-specific additions. This includes, but is not limited to jobs in:

Healthcare and public health. Law enforcement, public safety, and first responders. Child care. Emergency shelters. Homeless shelters. Food and agriculture. News media. Energy. Water and wastewater. Critical manufacturing.

How will this order

be enforced?

All Minnesotans are urged to voluntarily comply with this Executive Order. The state is working with local law enforcement to support the order.

When will the stay at home order be lifted?

The executive order is effective from March 27 at 11:59 p.m. to April 10 at 5 p.m.


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