Adjutant's Updates

Emergency Executive Oder 20-99 Summary

Highly Restrictive Pause Ordered by the Governor in the COVID Fight

By: Greg Colby
Department Judge Advocate

Due to large increases in the number of COVID 19 cases and COVID caused hospitalizations, Governor Walz has issued new emergency executive orders that are more restrictive.  On November 18, 2020, the governor signed Executive Order 20-99 which imposed the following:

1. Social gatherings are prohibited, but there are lots of exemptions.

    1. a. critical businesses remain open.
    1. b. places of accommodation remain open.
    1. c. educational and care services for children remain open.
    1. d. care of others is permitted.
    1. e. sobriety and mental health groups are permitted.
    1. f. Judicial Branch is open with the limitations set by the Chief Justice.
    1. g. drive in gatherings are permitted.
    1. h. funerals, weddings, religious gatherings are allowed within specific limitations

2. Unnecessary travel is strongly discouraged. Please be aware that the CDC has recommended no
travel over the Thanksgiving holiday.

3. Continue to work from home whenever possible. Any worker who can work from home must do

4. At risk persons are strongly urged to stay home. This was originally ordered in Emergency Executive Order 20-55 and is not changed by the new emergency order.

a. At risk persons include those who are 65 years and older
b. living in a nursing home or a long-term care facility
c. any age with an underlying medical condition particularly if not well controlled including people with chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma
d. People who have serious heart conditions

iii. People who are immunocompromised (caused by cancer treatment, smoking, bone marrow or organ transplantation, immune deficiencies, poorly controlled HIV or AIDS, or prolonged use of corticosteroids and other immune weakening medications).

      1. a. People with severe obesity (body mass index (BMI)of 40 or higher)
      1. b. People with diabetes
      1. c. People with chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis
      1. d. People with liver disease

5.  All posts with bar and/or restaurant operations need to be aware that such operations offering  indoor seating must change. The governor has ordered all restaurants, food courts, cafes, bars, taverns, breweries, brewer taprooms, tasting rooms, clubhouses, dining clubs offering food or beverages be closed.  These establishments are encouraged to offer food and beverages using delivery services, window services, walk up service, drive through service or drive up service. All such establishments must follow the guidelines stated at the Stay Safe Minnesota website.   All post restaurants, bars and taverns are advised to review the guidance provided at the Alcohol and Gambling Enforcement website.

These restrictions are in place until December 18, 2020.  The order does include penalties both criminal and civil.  If there are questions about this, contact your county or city attorney.  It could be a very tough winter.  But our grandparents got through the Great Depression and helped win World War II.  We are veterans of Korea, Vietnam, the Cold War and an ongoing war on terror.  We will prevail.