During his Wednesday, May 13, public address, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz announced that the state will start reopening this Monday.
"Starting May 18, non-critical businesses, like retail stores and main street businesses, can reopen if they have a safety plan," said the Governor's Office in a release. "We will be able to gather with friends and family in groups of 10 or less with social distancing."
This order will replace the governor's Stay Home Order with a"stay closer to home" order so retail businesses can be open; however, restrictions on bars, restaurants, movie theaters, hair salons, etc. have been left in place for now.
Walz was specific to say that this new order doesn't mean residents can go back to how it was before the pandemic.
"We are not flipping a switch and all going back to normal at once. We are slowly moving a dial."
You are still asked to continue wearing a mask in public, stay home if you are sick, wash your hands, and get tested if you are not feeling well.