Governor Walz extended the state’s stay-at-home order Thursday until May 18th allowing some more retail businesses to open up with curbside pickup. Some are accusing Walz of moving the goalposts after originally saying the shutdown were necessary to not overwhelm the health care system. The Governor is saying that Minnesota hospitals are ready for the surge. He’s saying that’s an unfair claim.
“They’re not ready to open. People aren’t ready to go back,” said Walz. “If you look at polling, over 70 percent of people feel they don’t want the state to open back up. So I don’t think it’s fair to say the goalposts have been moved. The results we’ve created the most extensive testing in the nation, one of the flattest curves in the nation and one of the highest percentages of businesses open in the state.”
Walz says the new order allows 82 percent of Minnesota businesses to open.