08 April 2020 – Stay Home Order (lockdown) extended to 4 May

Type of Intervention: Executive Order, Regulation, Specific Action
Sectors Involved: Health, Local Government
Level of Jurisdiction: MN
Lead People/Agency: Governor Tim Walz, law enforcement

Overview: To continue Minnesota’s success in slowing the spread of COVID-19 across the state, Governor Tim Walz today extended the Stay Home Order until May 4. The Governor’s order to stay home is forecasted to significantly slow the spread of COVID-19, pushing out the peak of the disease and allowing the state to continue key preparations for the pandemic. These preparations include building new hospital capacity and buying ventilators and masks, planning for how to protect those most at risk, expanding testing, and freeing up time for health care giants like the Mayo Clinic to develop critical treatments for the virus. The Stay Home Order is now extended to 11:59 pm on May 3, 2020.
Full details here: https://mn.gov/governor/covid-19/news/?id=1055-427372

Type of Justification: Scientific Evidence (e.g. academic paper, report), Perception of an increased threat
Source of Evidence or Justification: State: Minnesota Department of Health
Evidence/Justification: Minnesota Department of Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm said. “The social distancing and community mitigation efforts Governor Walz implemented have secured us much-needed time to prepare more fully for the predicted peak in cases, and today’s announcement gives us a better chance to save even more lives.