Gov. Tim Walz has ordered Minnesotans to stay at home for two weeks to slow the spread of the coronavirus and prevent it from overwhelming the health care system. The “stay at home” order begins at midnight Friday. He says the restrictions are critical to buy time and will save lives. People will still be allowed to go out to shop for essential needs, including food and liquor, see their doctors and buy gas. But the governor extended his order closing bars and restaurants to May 1. Takeout and delivery is still allowed.

Schools will launch distance learning Monday. Walz authorized Education Commissioner Mary Cathryn Ricker to implement a plan for distance learning for five weeks from March 30 until May 4. The state Education Department will be canceling the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments, or MCAs, for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.

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