An effort has been started to try and convince small businesses across Minnesota to open-up in defiance of Governor Tim Walz’s executive order. Darius Teichroew of Maple Grove is a spokesman for the Facebook Group Reopen Minnesota Coalition. He says they want business owners to open starting next week:

“We’ve basically got a two-phased plan where we re-open more of the rural Minnesota businesses next Wednesday and then following that on Friday the 18th more of the metro area businesses open up.”

The group has a link on its Facebook page where business owners can sign-up to open early.   Teichroew says so far they have about 80 businesses signed-up, with the goal of getting to over 200. He says they won’t publicly name those businesses until the night before they open next week. Governor Walz is expected to announce this week whether or not he’ll extend the order that has shut down places like bars, restaurants, and gyms.