ST. PAUL, Minn. (KTTC) -- Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz signed an executive order on Monday extending the state's COVID-19 peacetime emergency.
Walz initially declared a peacetime emergency in response to the pandemic in March of 2020. Monday's order from the governor extends the peacetime emergency through April 14.
The governor said the peacetime emergency enables the state to have more flexibility to respond to the pandemic, including distributing vaccines efficiently.
“We are closer than ever to ending this pandemic and returning to our daily lives – and we must keep up the momentum,” Walz said in a news release. “The peacetime emergency enables us to safeguard the progress we’ve made, protect Minnesotans’ health and well-being, and efficiently deliver the vaccine.”