Participating companies were asked to develop a state model plan available at mn.gov/deed. The plan would not need to be filed, but could be requested if there was a complaint. Walz compared the order to rotating up on a dial, rather than flipping a switch.
“We are in this order of stay at home until May 4,” said Walz. “But we have to get used to understanding that this is a process of rotating the dial, and that the dial will move back and forth. We don’t think there is a time or number that means anything can open. We think it doesn’t make sense. ”
As illustrated, the order begins with the reopening of the state economy with smaller and highly predictable parameters, primarily manufacturing-type businesses in which workers can be stationed at safe distances from each other, workers surfaces can be cleaned, employee health can be monitored and employees can be sent home when sick.
The gradual reopening of the economy under this approach would then progress to include cooperating retail establishments that develop plans to serve customers with curbside safety measures. He would then continue to reopen companies capable of establishing social distancing plans in small distribution. Finally, the state would approve mitigation plans for activities in large, less predictable environments such as shopping malls.
A separate sundial created by health officials to return to social gatherings in the state depicts a spectrum of gradually increasing group leisure activities, from the youngest to the oldest. As illustrated, this would first allow a return to small family gatherings, followed by the return with security plans for places of worship, followed by far by the resumption of activities at sports sites, concerts and larger places and less predictable like the State of Minnesota Fair.
“I even wish I could imagine when we will be back in a crowded stadium,” said Walz. “But it is at the end of the end of our path. … It hurts, it hurts, it hurts, “he said after being asked about the fall meeting. “But the State Fair falls to the right of the clock. It’s a pretty difficult elevator. “
The two are dials, Walz hastened to add, that health officials would need some leeway to turn in the opposite direction, if the coronavirus started to get worse. As proof of the need to go back, the state commissioner for labor and security gave the example of the recent epidemics in food factories.
“What we have learned in this sector is that we were not good, and we had to remember this so that we could keep them open, but balance that with the safety of workers,” said the Commissioner of the Ministry of Labor. and Industry, Nancy Leppink.
“What we have learned is that they cannot function at the capacity for which they functioned. They have to slow down their queues, sequence their shifts, stagger their lunch beaks and do employee health checks. They must stop creating an incentive for people to come to work when they are sick. ”
News of the day of loosening economic restrictions was by no means proof that Minnesota has had the worst coronavirus. A further 70 cases were reported in Nobles County on Thursday, which houses the JBS pig factory in Worthington.
It was also a day when deaths across the state reached another one-day high. With 21 new deaths, the day saw 10 more deaths from COVID-19 in Hennepin County, three in Ramsey and Winona counties, two in Washington County and one in Fillmore, Clay and Olmsted counties.
After days of decline, Minnesota hit its highest one-day test total on Thursday with 2,204 tests. New confirmed cases also peaked overnight at 221, bringing the number of confirmed positive cases to 2,942. The state estimates the number of positive cases to be a significant undercoverage.
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