Starting June 1, bars and restaurants will be able to serve customers outdoors if they adhere to certain restrictions. The state will also allow hair salons, barbershops and tattoo parlors to reopen.
The state’s continuity of operations plan calls for the governor and lieutenant governor to stay away from each other as a means of preventing both from becoming sick with COVID-19 at the same time.
Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm also said the supply chain continues to be a problem when it comes to COVID-19 testing, especially when it comes to collecting samples.
“It doesn’t mean you don’t step out of your house,” the governor said of the executive order. “This does not mean that you can’t do some of the things that keep life functioning on. But it does mean that we’re getting more restrictive.”
The longer schools and businesses stay shut, the more uncertain the future is for many providers.
The latest executive order came just a few hours after the Minnesota Legislature outlined how they would mostly vacate the capitol after getting a few critical things done to respond to COVID-19.
The closure is meant to give districts time to figure out what instruction will look like for the rest of the school year.
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