This Is The List of Essential Jobs & Reasons You Can Leave Your Home

Governor Walz announced yesterday that there will be a Stay At Home Order in Minnesota beginning, Friday, March 27th at 11:59pm until April 10th.

This means essential workplaces will continue to operate, but there are only certain reasons you should leave the house. Thanks to Bring Me The News, below is a list of places staying open and reasons you can still leave your house.

Essential Businesses:

  • Healthcare and public health
  • Law enforcement, public safety, and first responders 
  • Food and agriculture
  • Energy
  • Water and wastewater
  • Transportation and logistics
  • Public Works
  • Communications and information technology
  • Other community-based government operations and essential functions
  • Critical manufacturing
  • Hazardous materials
  • Financial services (banks, credit unions, insurance)
  • Chemical
  • Defense industrial base
  • Tribal Governments
  • The Judicial Branch
  • Executive Constitutional Offices
  • The Legislative Branch
  • Federal Employees
  • National Guard
  • Faith leaders and workers
  • Construction and critical trades
  • Child care providers
  • Hotels, residential facilities and shelters
  • Shelters for displaced individuals
  • Charitable and social services organizations
  • Legal services
  • Notaries
  • Critical Labor Union Functions
  • Laundry services
  • Animal shelters and veterinarians
  • Real Estate Transactions
  • Essential Supply Stores

Reasons you can leave your home:

  • Relocation to ensure safety: this could be due to a threat of domestic violence, or if essential operations of the home (example: furnace) are not working. 
  • Health and safety activities: people seeking emergency services, getting medical supplies, going to the pharmacy for medication, going to doctor/dental appointments, veterinary appointments, and donating blood. 
  • Outdoor activities: walking, hiking, running, biking, driving for pleasure, hunting, or fishing, and may go to available public parks and other public recreation lands, consistent with remaining at least six feet apart from individuals from other households.
  • Getting necessary supplies: getting food, beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic), groceries, gasoline, supplies needed to work from home, other essential home supplies. Laundromats and dry cleaners can remain open. 
  • Travel to and from home: this includes people traveling in and out of Minnesota. 
  • Care for others: leaving your home to take care of a family member, friend, or pet at another household. This includes transporting children on visitation schedules with parents. 
  • Displacement: homeless people can move between emergency shelters, drop-in centers, and encampments. 
  • Tribal activities and lands: tribal members within boundaries of their tribal reservation are exempt from the executive order.

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