Governor Walz extended Minnesota’s peacetime emergency in Minnesota for 30 days. A peacetime emergency allows Minnesota to continue many of the public health and economic relief measures it has implemented to help Minnesotans weather the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Minnesota’s actions have saved lives, but the threat of COVID-19 remains,” said Governor Walz. “The next stages of this pandemic are going to challenge us – an extension of Minnesota’s peacetime emergency will allow us to protect Minnesotans’ health and wellbeing and continue to respond effectively to this rapidly-evolving situation.”

Minnesota’s peacetime emergency has allowed Minnesota to take strong steps to combat COVID-19, including:

  • Enhanced protections for veterans in our veterans homes
  • Activation of the National Guard to assist in relief efforts
  • Measures to preserve personal protective equipment
  • Efforts to provide economic relief and stability to those impacted by the pandemic
  • Regulatory changes allowing our state agencies and licensing boards to ensure fast relief to Minnesotans
  • And an order directing Minnesotans to stay at home to slow the spread of the virus