There is much confusion about Governor Walz’s executive order encouraging Minnesota residents to stay at home and practice social distancing until March 27.
To clarify some of the issues for the public, the New Ulm Police Department and Brown County Sheriff’s Department have jointly issued the following statement:
All law enforcement agencies within Minnesota are required to enforce the Executive Order and violations are considered a misdemeanor. (The goal of) law enforcement remains the same: to deter crime, attempt to deter motor vehicle crashes, and keep our roadways and public safe. This Executive Order is certainly part of our responsibilities and will be diligently enforced; however, law enforcement will be following the same enforcement procedures as in the past, which requires meeting certain levels of proof to execute action.
To address three of the most common questions that have been presented to law enforcement concerning the Executive Order: