Minnesota’s Stay at Home Order and Parenting Time

For many of us right now, life is confusing, scary, and overwhelming as we all learn how to navigate the coronavirus pandemic. We are often facing constant changing policies from the government and public health officials as to what is permitted, and what is best for our society to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Most recently, Minnesota Governor Walz recently issued an Executive Order ordering that people living within Minnesota stay at home from March 27, 2020 at midnight through April 10, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. Governor Walz made exceptions for essential employees and permitted reasons for people to leave their residences and go outside. Some examples of permitted reasons including going to the grocery store; seeking medical care; taking care of family or a friend; and going on a walk outside—provided that people follow guidelines set forth by the Minnesota Department of Health, like social distancing.

As it relates to families and parenting time, Governor Walz carved out an exception that parents are permitted to travel for existing parenting time schedules, or other visitation schedules pertaining to a child in need of protective services (CHIPS) proceeding. Parents may leave their homes for parenting time exchanges during Minnesota’s Stay at Home Order.

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