Continuing Restrictive Pause Ordered by the Governor in the COVID Fight
Department Judge Advocate
“Alarming levels of community spread” has compelled Governor Walz to continue the pause with some changes. On December 16, 2020, the governor signed Executive Order 20-103 which imposed the following:
- In door social gatherings are strongly discouraged, but there are lots of exemptions.
- critical businesses remain open.
- places of accommodation remain open.
- educational and care services for children remain open.
- care of others is permitted.
- sobriety and mental health groups are permitted.
- Judicial Branch is open with the limitations set by the Chief Justice.
- drive in gatherings are permitted.
- funerals, weddings, religious gatherings are allowed within specific limitations
1. Indoor social gatherings are limited to 10 people not involving more than two households
and six feet of separation is maintained. Outdoor social gatherings of no more than 15
people from not more than three households are permitted as long as six feet of separation is maintained.
- Unnecessary travel is strongly discouraged. Please be aware that the CDC has recommended no travel during the holidays.
- 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. At risk persons include those who are
- 65 years and older.
- living in a nursing home or a long-term care facility
- any age with an underlying medical condition particularly if not well controlled including
- People with chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma.
- 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).
- People with severe obesity (body mass index (BMI)of 40 or higher).
- People with diabetes.
- People with chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis.
vii. People with liver disease.
- All posts with bar and/or restaurant operations need to be aware that such operations offering indoor seating must change. All restaurants, food courts, cafes, bars, taverns, breweries, brewer taprooms, tasting rooms, clubhouses, dining clubs offering indoor sit-down food or beverage service must stop. These establishments are encouraged to offer food and beverages using delivery services, window service, walk up service, drive through service or drive-up service. All such establishments must follow the guidelines stated at the Stay Safe Minnesota website. https://staysafe.mn.gov 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 January 10, 2021. 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.