Governor Walz Extends Peacetime Emergency for Another 30 Days
JT Thaden | Sep 11, 2020 AT 4:13 pm
ST. PAUL (KNSI) - Governor Tim Walz Friday extended the COVID-19 peacetime emergency for another 30 days.
The governor says the extension is necessary to protect Minnesotans from evictions, allow the state to buy personal protective equipment and medical supplies, and enforce the mask mandate. There is also $50 million in federal COVID-19 funding at stake, which will keep flowing as long as there is a peacetime emergency in place.
In a statement, Governor Walz says his top priority remains the health and safety of Minnesotans. “The COVID-19 pandemic is not over, and the next stages of this virus continue to threaten our state. Today we extend our peacetime emergency, giving Minnesota the tools to quickly respond to this rapidly-evolving virus as we approach the fall and winter.”
Executive Order 20-89 has been approved by the Executive Council, made up of Governor Walz, Lt. Governor Flanagan, Attorney General Ellison, Secretary of State Simon, and State Auditor Blaha.