Governor Walz has signed several executive orders to better position the state of Minnesota to deal with the COVID-19 epidemic. We believe some of these executive orders are of critical interest to the disability community. The state legislature is also working to maintain supports and services for people with disabilities.
Stay At Home Order
With Emergency Executive Order 20-20 (PDF), Governor Walz has issued a Stay at Home order, effective March 27, directing Minnesotans to limit movements outside of their homes beyond essential needs. By limiting social interactions, we decrease the chance of transmission of COVID-19 and help our health care sector prepare for increased demands.
Waivers Under Peacetime Emergency Authority
Under the Governor’s Emergency Executive Order 20-12 (PDF), the Minnesota Department of Human Services has temporary authority to waive or modify requirements so that the agency and its partners can continue to provide essential programs and services to Minnesotans safely and without undue delay during the COVID-19 pandemic.
A list of all waivers and modifications currently in effect is website. It will be updated as necessary. As conditions continue to evolve, we encourage you to monitor the DHS website and sign up for email notifications.
Operational instructions for counties, tribes, managed care organizations and providers related to these changes will be communicated separately to people affected by specific temporary changes.
Other Relevant Executive Orders
- Securing Federal Authority to Continue Human Services Programs During the COVID-19 Peacetime Emergency (PDF)
- Directing Delay of Inpatient and Outpatient Elective Surgery and Procedural Cases during COVID-19 Peacetime Emergency (PDF)
- Suspending Evictions and Writs of Recovery During the COVID-19 Peacetime Emergency (PDF)
View a complete list of Governor Walz’s executive orders.
Extending Expiration Date for Disability Parking Certificates and Permits
Recently, the Minnesota Legislature passed a bill related to the COVID-19 response (Ch. 71-HF4531, Art. 2, Sec. 15, Subd. 4).
One provision of the bill extends the expiration date for disability parking certificates and permits for 60 days past the end of the peacetime public health emergency period that the Governor has declared. This means that if your disability parking certificate or license plate expire during the peacetime public health emergency, you have 60 days AFTER the emergency ends to renew them.
UPDATE: As of May 13, 2020 the current peacetime emergency order has been extended by Governor Walz until June 12, 2020. If your disability parking placard has expired during this peacetime emergency, which began on March 13, 2020, it will remain valid until 60 days after the peacetime emergency has ended. Please feel free to call or email our offices if you have any further questions
There will be no fee or surcharge imposed for this extension.
Attention: Minnesotans who need to renew their disability parking certificates should not visit their doctor during the peacetime public health emergency, unless otherwise directed.
For more information on this provision, contact us.