LEGISLATIVE UPDATE FROM REPRESENTATIVE DEB KIEL

STAY AT HOME EXTENDED, RETAIL OPEN WITH RESTRICTIONS
Yesterday, the governor announced an extension of the Stay at Home order until May 18, along with a modification to the policy on retail stores. Beginning May 4, retail and other non-critical businesses may begin offering curbside pick-up. According to the governor, this will allow up to 30,000 more Minnesotans back to work.

This is a step in the right direction, however, I would urge the governor to continue working with other industries and businesses that remain unable to open their doors to get them safely operating as soon as they can. Our communities rely on small businesses that face major problems from being forced to close, and I hope those businesses will have a path forward soon.

I would also urge the governor to make sure the guidelines are consistent for everyone. There is a huge disparity in the guidelines for big box stores and small retail stores. Our local retailers can operate in the same manner as large chains while keeping their employees and customers safe. Minnesotans know what is expected of them as they venture out to different areas of our communities. We all want to make good decisions to keep our loved ones and friends safe, and consistent guidelines are key to making that happen.

GUIDANCE ON ELECTIVE PROCEDURES
I’ve spoken extensively with local healthcare providers about the problems caused by the moratorium on nonessential medical procedures and surgeries. Our hospitals and providers are facing major problems because of the moratorium.

Thankfully, the governor has announced that he will be modifying the executive order on elective procedures in the coming days. From yesterday, April 30, to noon on Saturday, May 2, the Minnesota Department of Health will be collecting feedback and input online. You can view their draft guidance and complete a public comment survey here.

PLEASE CONTACT ME
It’s an honor and privilege to work for you at the Capitol. Don’t hesitate to contact my office at any time this session to share your thoughts, concerns or ideas. I am here to serve you!

Deb Kiel