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Governor Tim Walz and Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan are committed to protecting the health, safety, and well-being of Minnesotans during the COVID-19 pandemic. They have taken decisive action to curb the spread of COVID-19, support our health care providers and facilities, and mitigate the impact on Minnesota families. Please see the news alerts below to stay up-to-date in this ever-evolving situation.

Governor Walz Signs Two Executive Orders on COVID-19

1/7/2021 11:45:08 AM

[ST. PAUL, MN] – Governor Tim Walz today signed two executive orders that modify existing regulations protecting Minnesotans’ financial security amid COVID-19.

Executive Order 21-02 modifies Executive Order 20-50 to ensure that recent federal COVID-19 relief payments meant to help Minnesotans afford necessities during the pandemic are not intercepted by third parties or immediately garnished for consumer debt. The order also modifies the wage garnishment protections under Executive Order 20-50.

Executive Order 21-03 modifies Executive Order 20-42 to ensure that COVID-19 relief payments are not counted as income for federally funded assistance programs, and that pandemic unemployment benefits paid to high school students do not make families ineligible for certain assistance.

These executive orders have been approved by the Minnesota Executive Council and are effective immediately.

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