State orders adult day centers to close as part of 'stay at home' order

The Minnesota Department of Human Services notified adult day centers Sunday that they have to immediately close and stop providing services as part of Gov. Tim Walz's 'stay at home' order.

"We understand this is a significant step, impacting many seniors and vulnerable people across Minnesota, as well as your businesses and employees. You provide valuable and needed services, but the challenges of the COVID-19 virus require far-reaching steps to protect our communities," the letters sent by DHS said in part.

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Walz signed Emergency Executive Order 20-20 Wednesday, ordering all non-essential personnel to stay home beginning this past Friday at 11:59 p.m. The order runs through April 10.

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According to the letter sent by DHS, adult day services are community-based services delivered in a facility and aren't considered part of the "critical sector," meaning workers have to comply with Walz's order.

DHS also said licensed providers of adult day services operating in Minneapolis also are to remain closed under the city's Emergency Regulation No. 2020-3.