MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz announced Wednesday evening that he’s extending the peacetime state of emergency for another 30 days, allowing him to continue to make executive orders and close schools and businesses. Still, the state’s stay-at-home order is set expire on Monday, when retail stores and malls will be able to open with restrictions. For the businesses most impacted by the shutdown, such as bars, restaurants, salons and gyms, they’ll have to wait until June 1 to reopen.
Here are the latest updates in the COVID-19 pandemic:
- 12:19 p.m.: Rosedale Center announces it’ll reopen retail stores on May 18, while its bars and restaurants will be closed until June 1.
- 12 p.m.: Mall of America announces it’s reopening retail stores on June 1, although restaurant dining rooms and attractions will remain closed.
- 11:48 a.m.: Planned Parenthood launches at-home STI test kits in the wake of COVID-19.
- 11: 15 a.m.: General Mills says it plans to have office workers telecommute through Labor Day. After that, they’ll return to offices in North America in phases.
- 11 a.m.: In the last 24 hours, Minnesota added another 523 COVID-19 infections to its tally as daily test processing surpassed 6,000 for the first time. Meanwhile, 25 more fatalities were counted, bringing the state’s death toll to 663.
- 10:45 a.m.: Country star George Strait on Thursday announced the postponement of his upcoming show at U.S. Bank Stadium due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
- 10:10 a.m.: Delta Air Lines says it’s retiring its fleet of 777s. In a memo to employees, the company told workers that it expects to operate with a smaller fleet, network and workforce for the next few years.
- 10:10 a.m.: President Donald Trump praises the Wisconsin Supreme Court’s decision to throw out Gov. Tony Ever’s “Safer at Home” order.
- 7:46 a.m.: Business owners in Minnesota are repairing to reopen their stores next week, with changes in place, as the state’s stay-at-home order will expire on Monday.
- 7:34 a.m.: In the last week, another 3 million American workers have filed for jobless benefits, bringing the total layoffs since the start of the outbreak to 36 million.
- 6:01 a.m.: Some Social Security recipients will start getting their COVID-19 stimulus checks today.
- 6 a.m.: A CBS News poll finds that a majority of Americans still prioritize staying at home to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.
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Source: CBS Minnesota