Preparing for stay at home order in Minnesota

Updated: March 27, 2020 06:52 PM

Ed Barbo rang up a spring jacket at his men's clothing store in downtown Duluth on Friday afternoon. It was likely one of his final transactions for awhile.


That's because the stay at home order in Minnesota says non-essential businesses must close at 11:59pm on Friday March 27th, until Friday, April 10th. Ed Barbo's Columbia falls in that category.

"There hasn't been much business in our type of thing," he shared. "The grocery stores, those places have been busy."

He said they've been busy getting the alterations out the door, and some fittings for weddings. 

But other businesses will remain open, like grocery stores, pharmacies, and hardware stores. You can still get gasoline. 

At Super One in the Plaza Shopping Center, Tom and Pam Carroll said they are hopeful this order means life can get back to normal. "Let's beat this. Let's get this done sooner rather than later. We all have things we'd rather do," Tom told us.

They plan on picking up groceries for Pam's mother this weekend, because she's 87-years old. "We don't want her going out," Pam said.

That's something else you can do. You can help your loved ones and neighbors with essential items. You can also get take-out from restaurants, walk your dog, and go to the doctor.

Duluth Police Chief Mike Tusken said they encourage people to get outside and get some fresh air. "We just ask you to continue to do social distancing. The governor said this is about education more than enforcement, and that's the approach we are going to take. If we come upon a large party, ultimately, this will be a good opportunity to educate."

They will NOT be doing ID checks.

As for Barbo, he puts it into perspective. "We have to do it. We just hope that things get better all over the country, for everybody's sake. There's a lot more important things than selling a suit. We gotta live, you know."

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