MN stay-at-home order expires May 17

May 14, 2020 Important announcement: Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz announced Wednesday that he will let Minnesota’s stay-at-home order expire at the end of the day on Sunday, May 17 and loosen some restrictions under a new phase he’s calling “Stay Safe MN.” He is, however, extending his declaration of peacetime emergency for another 30 days. His new executive order strongly encourages face masks, prohibits gatherings of more than 10 people, allows drive-in gatherings, and indicates that all workers who can work from home must do so. Bishop Ough is still asking all congregations to suspend in-person worship and other gatherings through at least May 30 and to continue to focus on online worship while developing a detailed and phased plan for how you might safely bring people together—initially no more than 10, and outdoors if possible—when it becomes an option. Conference leaders will meet Monday with Governor Walz’s staff and other judicatory leaders to start to develop a phased approach to re-opening churches in a safe and smart manner. We look forward to sharing it later on.