City Officials have received numerous questions about the Governor’s Stay at Home Executive Order (20-20) and specifically how it will affect local businesses. We feel it’s important to clear up misconceptions about this new change.
Starting at midnight tonight, and through April 10, all business other the those listed on the attached MN Critical Businesses List, are disallowed from conducting business in person, from selling curbside (pickup and take-out products), and from directly delivering products to residence doorsteps. If an industry has an * in the critical industry column, work in that industry may still qualify for Critical Worker exemption based on the text in the CISA Guidance or the Governor’s Executive Order 20-20 (links provided below). Please review those resources for more information.
Businesses that are allowed to continue operation are restaurants and bars that serve food (curbside and take-out only), health service providers, liquor stores, and financial institutions including insurance & investments. Please review the attached MN Critical Business List to determine whether your business classification is deemed “critical” and if it is not, then you may not remain open. If your business is not defined as “critical”, you and your employees are not allowed to go to and from your business during this time.
We recognize this will create significant hardship for businesses not deemed “critical”. Although our City did not create the Executive Order, we do need to ensure businesses are following it. If you feel your business should be classified as critical, and is not currently classified as such, you will need to contact the Governor’s Office to apply for an exemption to continue operation.
Again, this temporary business shut down is effective through April 10. The City will communicate promptly with our community should we be advised of the timeline changing.
Please follow our Governor’s Executive Order regarding business shut downs to do your part in slowing the spread of the COVID-19 virus during this pandemic. We would also like to encourage our residents to continue supporting those businesses remaining open. If you have any questions, please feel free to email or call myself, the City Administrator or our City Planners.
Tom Nikunen, City Administrator
City of Jordan
MnDEED Guidance on Exemptions: https://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/covid/business-exemptions/
MN Executive Order 20-20: https://mn.gov/governor/assets/3a.%20EO%2020-20%20FINAL%20SIGNED%20Filed_tcm1055-425020.pdf
MnDEED NAICS Critical List: https://mn.gov/deed/assets/naics-critical-list_tcm1045-424829.pdf