Walz signs 4 executive orders to reduce restrictions and create flexibility amid pandemic

Gov. Tim Walz on Friday signed four more executive orders to provide additional flexibility and ease some more restrictions amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Executive Order 20-42 allows Minnesotans to obtain and maintain access to essential services regardless of whether they receive COVID-19 assistance, waiving some state laws that would make residents ineligible for certain human services programs because they're receiving assistance.

Executive Order 20-43 allows shareholders for Minnesota companies more flexibility related to virtual or telephone annual meetings to help avoid gatherings during the pandemic.

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Executive Order 20-44 provides some relief from some regulations for motor carriers and drivers operating in Minnesota to support the food supply chains, extending the provisions from Executive Order 20-24.

Executive Order 20-45 gives temporary relief to farmers by exempting motor carriers and drivers operating in the state from certain weight-related regulations.

Orders 20-44 and 20-45 are effective immediately, while 20-42 and 20-43 will be effective when approved by the Minnesota Executive Council.