Stay-At- Home FAQs

Minnesota's Stay-At-Home Order

Updated April 9, 2020 (for additional updates, please follow the City of Minnestrita on Facebook.)

Governor Walz extended the Stay Home Order until May 4 in order to continue Minnesota’s success in slowing the spread of COVID-19 across the state. 

The Governor’s order to stay home is forecast 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.

Minnesotans may leave their residences only to perform any of the following activities, and while doing so, they should practice social distancing: 

  • Relocation to ensure safety, such as relocating to a different location if your home is unsafe due to domestic violence, sanitation, or reasons related to essential operations.
  • Health and safety activities, such as obtaining emergency services or medical supplies.
  • Outdoor activities, such as walking, hiking, running, biking, hunting, or fishing.
  • Necessary supplies and services, such as getting groceries, gasoline, or carry-out.
  • Essential intrastate and interstate travel, such as returning to a 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 shelters if you are without a home.
  • Moving or relocation, such as moving to a new home or place of residence.
  • Voting, including all local and state elections.
  • Funerals, providing that no more than ten attendees are gathered and strict social distancing is enforced.
  • Tribal activities and lands, such as activities by members within the boundaries of their tribal reservation.

Frequently Asked Questions: 

What does this stay-at-home order mean?

On March 25, 2020, Governor Walz issued a Stay-At-Home Executive Order that takes effect Friday, March 27 at 11:59 p.m. through Friday, April 10 at 5 p.m.

During this time: 

  1. Stay home unless you need to get groceries, medicine, gas, supplies or go to an essential job.  
  2. Do not gather with others. This means no dinner parties, no meeting up with friends, and no visitors.
  3. It’s OK to go outside for walks if you are not in a group. You still need to maintain physical distancing.
  4. If you are an older adult or someone with a serious chronic medical condition, you are especially vulnerable and must stay home.

Is this order mandatory?
Yes, this order is mandatory. For the safety of all Minnesotans, we need everyone’s cooperation to stay home and help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Are grocery stores open?
Yes, grocery stores and other essential services will remain open, including but not limited to:

  • Pharmacies
  • Gas stations
  • Convenience stores
  • Liquor stores 
  • Banks/financial institution
  • Post office/mail will continue to be delivered
  • Home maintenance/hardware stores
  • Take-out and delivery restaurants; please patronize our businesses during this very difficult time

What will be closed? 
Dine-in restaurants and bars will remain closed until May 1. This also includes fitness clubs/gyms and hair and nail salons. 

Can we visit family and friends?
At this time, the Governor has ordered that we do  not visit friends and family in-person. However, this excludes caring for a family member, friend, or pet from a different household or transporting them from one place to another. Simply put- if at all possible physically distance yourself from everyone except your immediate family or those you must care for. 

Is City Hall closed? 
All City facilities will be closed to the public until further notice.  During this time, many of the services you normally did in-person can be done online.

What City services are still open? 
All essential services including Police, Fire, Financial, Water and Sewer will continue to operate without interruption, but staffing may be limited. City employees who are able to work remotely will continue to be available by phone and email during our facility closures.   

Will there be regular City Council and Commission meetings? 
Yes, at this time, the meetings will be conducted via tele-communications until further notice. All of the City Councilmembers will join via phone. The meetings will also be recorded and available in the meeting archive on the City website. We will provide more information for other future meetings as they get closer. 

How do I contact someone at the City of Minnetrista 
The following phone numbers should be used for calling specific departments. If you have an emergency, call 9-1-1. 

City Hall: 952-446-1660
Public Works: 952-446-1131

Can I still go to the park?
Getting outside is good for the soul and sanity and Governor Waltz's order encourages individuals to be active outside and in nature, the City parks are CLOSED. We continue to encourage residents to get outside and be active, but in an effort to keep our community healthy, the parks will remain closed until further notice so public parks, trails and dog parks remain open, but we ask that you continue to practice physical distancing.  

How can I stay informed about City actions?
We will continue to update our website as additional information becomes available along with keeping you informed via our Facebook page (City of Minnetrista.)