"Stay at Home" becomes "Stay Safe" on May 18
Beginning May 18, non-critical businesses, like retail stores and main street businesses, can reopen if they have a social distancing plan and operate at 50 percent capacity. Additionally, the Walz-Flanagan Administration is assembling guidance on how to safely reopen bars, restaurants, barbershops, and salons beginning June 1. Watch for more updates from the Minnesota Department of Employment & Economic Development about what this means for business.
Also, starting May 18, Minnesotans are welcome to gather with friends and family in groups of 10 or less with safe social distancing practices in place.
Minnesotans may leave their residences to perform any of the following activities, and while doing so, they should practice social distancing:
- Relocation to ensure safety, such as relocating to a different location if your home is unsafe due to domestic violence, sanitation, or reasons related to essential operations.
- Health and safety activities, such as obtaining emergency services or medical supplies.
- Outdoor activities, such as walking, hiking, running, biking, hunting, or fishing.
- Necessary supplies and services, such as getting groceries, gasoline, or carry-out.
- Essential intrastate and interstate travel, such as returning to a 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 shelters if you are without a home.
- Moving or relocation, such as moving to a new home or place of residence.
- Voting, including all local and state elections.
- Funerals, providing that no more than ten attendees are gathered and strict social distancing is enforced.
- Tribal activities and lands, such as activities by members within the boundaries of their tribal reservation.
Minnesota Governor Tim Walz has announced Stay Safe MN. Beginning Monday, May 18, retail stores and main street businesses are permitted to reopen if they have a social distancing plan and operate at 50% capacity. In addition, Minnesotans may gather with friends and family in groups of 10 or less with safe social distancing practices in place (staying 6 feet apart and wearing a mask).
Is it OK to Leave Home?
During the Stay Safe Order, Minnesotans may leave their homes. Those who leave home are encouraged to wear a mask and practice social distancing measures, including staying 6 feet from those around you.
Individuals at heightened risk of serious COVID-19 infections are strongly urged to stay home except for necessary activities and work. People most at risk include those who are:
- 65 years and older
- Living in a nursing home or a long-term care facility, as defined by the Commissioner of Health
- Any age with underlying medical conditions, particularly if not well controlled
Why is the Order Necessary?
The COVID-19 pandemic presents an unprecedented danger to Minnesotans. The Stay Safe Order is a slow turn on the dial to introduce more interaction between people over time. It is a cautious step forward, as we all continue to do our part to slow the spread of the virus and continue to protect and support those most at risk and workers, who are on the frontlines of this pandemic.
For more information about the State of Minnesota's response to COVID-19, as well as the Stay Safe Order, visit mn.gov/covid19.
As COVID-19 progresses across the country and in Minnesota, the City of Savage has been working closely with with state and county officials, as well as public safety officials in neighboring cities and schools, to monitor the rapidly changing situation. The City places a high value on providing quality service to the public, but as the pandemic continues we have decided to make operational changes.
We are planning - The City's Continuity of Operations Plan is in effect, and staff are committed to maintain all essential services during the COVID-19 pandemic.
We are cleaning - High-touch areas in all City facilities are being disinfected on a daily basis.
We are implementing Minnesota Department of Health recommendations as outlined by the CDC - The City is following mitigation guidelines including encouraging social distancing measures with staff and the public, and canceling large group events, activities and programs.
Strictly abide by the stay-at-home order which has been extended until May 18. The stay-at-home order directs Minnesotans to limit movements outside of their homes beyond essential needs. Limiting social interactions decreases the chance of transmission of COVID-19 and helps the health care sector prepare for increased demands.
Follow the CDC’s health recommendations. Following these guidelines and adhering to the stay-at-home order will help achieve our ultimate goal – slowing the spread of the coronavirus.
Minimize trips to the store. Make a list before you leave to make sure you get everything you need the first time. Leave the family home – send just one person to reduce exposure and public crowding. Please don’t hoard – there is no disruption in the supply chain. Buy just enough for your family for a week or two.
Stay active - as long as physical distance is maintained (stay at least 6 feet away from others). Activity is good for the mind, body, and soul. So take walks or ride bikes. Please stay off the playground equipment, and don't congregate in parks or engage in activity that involves shared sports equipment.
Please remember to be a good neighbor. If you have elderly or high-risk neighbors, check on their safety. Share groceries and supplies, if there is a need
We're all in this together - We appreciate your understanding and your help to slow the spread of COVID-19.
We recommend visiting the following resources for the most up-to-date information regarding the COVID-19 virus:
- Centers for Disease Control
- Minnesota Department of Health
- MDH Hotline numbers:
- School and child care questions: 651-297-1304 (7 a.m. - 7 p.m.)
- Health questions: 1-800-657-3903 (7 a.m. - 7 p.m.)
- Housing questions - single family residences: 651-296-8215
- Housing questions - multi-family residences 651-297-4455
Please visit the following resources for information from our community partners: