Olmsted County statement on Governor Walz's Executive Order for all Minnesotans to stay at home through April 10
3/26/2020 Policy, Analysis, and Communications

Stay Home MN
Olmsted County will comply with Governor Walz’s Executive Order directing all Minnesotans to stay at home to help contain the spread of COVID-19 from Friday, March 27, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. to Friday, April 10, 2020. This means that Olmsted County residents, and all Minnesotans, should only leave home when absolutely necessary for essential needs and to maintain essential services. This new order follows similar actions from our neighboring state of Wisconsin.

“As the novel coronavirus continues to spread in our community and statewide, it is critical that all residents follow the stay at home direction of Governor Walz and our public health leaders. We urge all residents to take this seriously and comply with the state’s stay at home restrictions,” said Olmsted County Board of Commissioners Chair Matt Flynn. “Evidence shows that limiting interpersonal interactions and staying home slows the spread of the virus to better protect us all – particularly the most vulnerable members of our community.”

“We know a stay at home order will be challenging for all of us. However, we also know it’s critical to minimize the number of people who get seriously ill at the same time, which can put too much of a burden on our healthcare system,” noted Olmsted County Director of Public Health Graham Briggs. 

The Governor also extended his previous Executive Order limiting restaurants, bars, and public accommodations to May 1, 2020 at 5 p.m. and has asked the Minnesota Department of Education to implement its distance learning plan for K-12 schools until May 4, 2020.

As a result of the state’s new stay at home restrictions, Olmsted County is making a few additional modifications concerning its facilities and services. Most changes to public-facing services will be extended until May 4. Olmsted County will be suspending marriage license applications starting at 5 p.m. on Friday, March 27, 2020 until May 4. The Recycling Center Plus will be closed to the public beginning at 4:30 p.m. on March 27 through April 10. Self-haulers are asked to check our website for options during this closure.

A full listing of Olmsted County’s facility and service closures is available on our website. Olmsted County has aligned its closures with other counties within the state and other Executive Orders pertaining to the closure of schools and public accommodations. 

Olmsted County will continue to share further information with the public on this topic as it becomes available. For additional information on COVID-19, please visit:

As a reminder – PLEASE DO NOT call 911 unless you have an emergency. 911 is currently being overwhelmed with calls about the Governor’s new order. Direction on the Governor’s new Stay Home MN order can be found at https://mn.gov/stayhomemn

If community members believe they have a need for county services to help meet their basic needs during this time, please contact the COVID-19 Essential Services Resources & Referral Line at 507-328-6150 or email COVIDEssentialServices@co.olmsted.mn.us.