Executive Emergency Order 20-99’s impact on public schools
Governor Tim Walz today issued Emergency Executive Order 20-99 — which implements a four-week dial back on “certain activities to slow the spread of COVID-19.”
Highlights related to the Governor’s Emergency Executive Order 20-99 include:

  • Prohibited social gatherings do not include educational (public schools) and care services for children and youth, educational support services for distance and hybrid learners, and other educational services.

  • The limits on gatherings in the Executive Order do not apply to legislative and other governmental meetings. Remote meetings are strongly encouraged whenever possible as permitted by state and local authority.

  • Organized youth sports must stop all in-person activities — including practices, group workouts, games and tournaments. Sports activities with this definition include all sports offered by schools (public and private), the MSHSL, or similar organizations, as well as dance, cheerleading and other sports traditionally offered by supplemental associations or organizations.

  • Physical education instruction that meets the academic requirements as part of the school day is permitted.

  • Licensed child care providers may continue to operate and serve families.

  • The following places of public accommodation are closed to the members of the public. Members of the public means people who are not workers affiliated with the place of public accommodation: Public pools, gymnasiums, fitness centers, recreation centers, indoor sports facilities, trampoline parks, indoor and outdoor exercise facilities, martial arts facilities, and dance and exercise studios.

  • Executive Order 20-99 is scheduled to go into effect on Saturday, November 21, 2020. The Executive Order is in effect for the next four weeks.
Access Governor Walz’s Emergency Executive Order 20-99 for more details. Visit the MSBA website for future updates.
Kirk Schneidawind
MSBA Executive Director