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Stay-at-home concerns with self-employers

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DULUTH, MN-- Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz signed an executive order Wednesday asking Minnesota residents to stay home for two weeks starting Friday, March 27th at 11:59 pm.

This executive order is in hopes of lessening the spread of COVID-19 in the state.

During the two week period residents are able to do essential things like go to the doctor, buy groceries, get gas and enjoy the outdoors, but anything beyond that you are asked to say home.

For many, this order also includes going into work.

The order states that only those who work in essential sectors are exempt from the stay at home orders. These essential workers include includes health care workers, law enforcement, child care, grocery store employees, and much more.

This order also extends the current closure of bars, restaurants, and other public accommodations until May 1st at 5 pm. This is an almost one-month extension of the original re-open date of March 27th.

Natasha Freitag who is a stylist in Hermantown says those who are self-employed are feeling scared of the unknowns that the next month will bring.

"When you are self-employed all you have is yourself but you still have the bills of a bigger business" Freitag, said.

Gov. Walz also announced today that schools will continue with distant learning until May 4th.

Natalie Grant

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