Small business owners across the state are appealing to state leaders to let them safely re-open amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Ray Harrington owns restaurants and a theater in St. Cloud and says…

“We set out on this journey together over a month ago to flatten the curve, we’ve accomplished that and I think it’s time to move on.”

Governor Walz currently has an executive order in place requiring most Minnesotans to stay at home through May 18th. Harrington says it’s likely small businesses can do a better job of enacting safety measures than the big box retail stores, which have been open.

Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka agrees with many small business owners that it’s time to start safely reopening businesses, but he also realizes communities have different needs during COVID-19:

“If you go up to Hallock, MN they’re saying open up everything, we need to get going, but you talk to somebody in say Woodbury, it’s like, what are you doing, don’t go too fast and we’re trying to find that balance about what we’re doing and how we’re doing it.”