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Homeland Security and Emergency Management

A Division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety

State Emergency Operations Center

Minnesota COVID-19 Data and Statistics

Learn more about Gov. Tim Walz’s Stay at Home executive order

Stay at Home March 27 - April 10Gov. Tim Walz’s Stay at Home executive order directs Minnesotans to limit movement to slow the spread of COVID-19. 

Click here to see the Governor’s presentation announcing the Stay at Home order. The presentation includes modeling released March 25 by the Minnesota Department of Health and University of Minnesota.

Frequently Asked Questions about the Stay Home Order

Will we need documentation or a letter to be outside of our homes?

You are not required to carry any paperwork when you are traveling to and from your place of employment, or anywhere else. All Minnesotans are urged to voluntarily comply with this Executive Order.

When is it OK for me to leave my home?

Minnesotans may leave their homes to pick up essential items such as groceries or food, prescriptions, and gas, to relocate for safety reasons, or go to work if their job is deemed essential in a sector. If you leave your home, practice social distancing measures and keep six feet between you and those around you. Everyone is encouraged to stay active outside during this time, provided they practice safe social distancing.

Permissible activities during the stay at home order include:

  • Health and safety activities, such as obtaining emergency services or medical supplies
  • Outdoor activities, such as walking pets, hiking, running, biking, hunting, or fishing
  • Necessary Supplies and Services, such as getting groceries, gasoline, or carry-out
  • Essential and interstate travel, such as returning to home from outside this state
  • Care of others, such as caring for a family member, friend, or pet in another household
  • Displacement, such as moving between emergency or homeless shelters if you are without a home
  • Relocation to ensure safety, such as relocating to a different location if your home has been unsafe due to domestic violence, sanitation, or essential operations reasons
  • Tribal Activities & Lands, such as activities by members within the boundaries of their tribal reservations

Have questions about the Stay at Home order? See these FAQs on the Governor’s website.

DPS Provides Guidance to Local Law Enforcement Related to Gov. Walz’s Stay at Home Order

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) has sent a letter to local law enforcement agencies regarding the enforcement of Gov. Tim Walz’s executive order directing Minnesotans to stay home to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Among DPS’ recommendations is that law enforcement agencies attempt to educate instead of taking an enforcement approach. See the letter for all of DPS’ recommendations. For more information about the Stay at Home order, see these FAQs on the Governor’s website.

The CDC has information about COVID-19 for law enforcement here and guidance for EMS workers and other first responders here.

In the News

Veterans Financial Assistance
Gov. Tim Walz issued an executive order making grants available to Minnesota veterans affected by COVID-19. Applications for grants of $1,000 and special needs grants up to $3,000 can be submitted to the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs (MDVA). Details on the program can be found on the MDVA website. 

Fact of the Day

Discrimination Hotline Activated
A new hotline is available to take calls from Minnesotans about discrimination and harassment. The hotline was established after an increase in reports received during the COVID-19 response, especially against Americans of Asian descent. If you'd like to report a case of discrimination, call 1-833-454-0148. 

Taking Action: Five Ways You Can Help

  1. Individuals who have small quantities of new, unopened and unused personal protective equipment (PPE) to donate to COVID-19 response efforts should contact their county or tribal emergency manager. Examples of recommended PPE items are gowns, masks, respirators, face shields and gloves. Find your local emergency manager using this interactive map. (Please note: Emergency managers cannot accept opened or used PPE.)
  2. Other than PPE items, donations of supplies and goods are discouraged. Cash donations to the non-profit of your choice IS THE BEST donation.
  3. Individuals who would like to volunteer should contact an organization registered with the Minnesota Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (MnVOAD).
  4. Many blood drives have been canceled, impacting the supply. Blood donation centers have the highest standards of safety and infection control. To find where you can donate blood, visit the Minnesota Red Cross.
  5. Businesses who would like to offer resources, supplies or personnel to COVID-19 response efforts should complete this distribution form or email Submissions will be reviewed by personnel in the State Emergency Operations Center. Businesses will be contacted if there is a need for the identified resources.  

Alternative Facemask Guidance Materials 


#StayHomeMN Resources

View the lists below for details about what the Stay at Home Order means for you and your family.

#StayHomeMN Frequently Asked Questions

COVID-19 Hotlines

Business, school and child care questions

SEOC Hotline
800-657-3504 (toll-free)
Or your preferred relay service

Health questions

Go to the MDH website first for information.

MDH Hotline:
800-657-3903 (toll-free)
Or your preferred relay service

Stay at Home Executive Order Violations

Hotline: 651-793-3746 (Or your preferred relay service)
Email: ​

COVID-19 Situation Reports

Situation reports provide important details when the SEOC is activated, including up-to-date information on a developing disaster or emergency, as well as state agency assistance action steps. They can be found on the Situation Reports webpage as soon as SEOC staff begin to populate those documents.

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