Some small Minnesota businesses ready to reopen despite Gov. Walz's order

Jay Kolls
Updated: May 12, 2020 10:30 PM
Created: May 12, 2020 08:41 PM

5 EYEWITNESS NEWS has heard from several businesses that they intend to reopen, even if Gov. Tim Walz extends his stay-at-home order beyond May 18.

One of those businesses is Crossfit Calypso, in Farmington, and co-owner Tim Struck, who told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS he wants to put his employees to work and give consumers the freedom to choose if they want to go to the business which use social distancing rules.

"I plan to reopen May 18, regardless of the decision Gov. Walz makes on the extension," said Struck. "I think people have the right to go back to work and people can choose whether they want to use my business, or any other business right now."

Struck said he is not seeking new members for his fitness center but will reopen for all of his existing club members and he will have safe conditions for everyone.

"This is about taking care of my current members who've stayed with us these past couple months," said Struck. "I will have no more than four people training in a 16-hundred square foot area, equipment will be sanitized and temperatures will be taken at the door."

The Governor's Office told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS enforcement of the stay-at-home order is handled by local law enforcement agencies and we reached out to Farmington Police for comment but have not yet heard back.

Gov. Walz is likely to make an announcement on whether he will extend the stay-at-home order sometime Wednesday.

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