Governor Tim Walz issued an executive order Wednesday asking Minnesotans to stay in their homes unless absolutely necessary. It goes into effect at 11:59 p.m. tomorrow. As a result, more Minnesotan’s will have to work from home or be laid off for the next couple of weeks. DEED Commissioner Steve Grove:

“We believe that about 78-percent of the jobs in Minnesota are in critical industries defined by the executive order. It’s just 22-percent jobs in the state that are not. And that includes bars and restaurants and places of public amusement that have already been closed.”

Bars and restaurants will continue to be closed through at least May 1st, but they can still deliver food and provide curbside takeout. Schools will stay closed until May 4th, with distant learning plans picking up soon.

Since the coronavirus outbreak, nearly 165-thousand Minnesotans have applied for unemployment benefits.