Minnesota Governor Tim Walz has issued a statewide ‘Stay At Home’ Order for the state of Minnesota, in response to the continued COVID-19 pandemic that has stretched the state, country and nation.

As of Wednesday afternoon, the Minnesota Department of Health has had 287 positive cases of COVID-19, among more than 11,000 tests completed across the state, both in the Minnesota Department of Health’s Public Health Lab and at external laboratories.

The ‘Stay At Home’ order goes into effect on March 27 at 11:59 p.m., and is in effect until April 10, according to Walz. He is asking residents of Minnesota to “limit movement beyond essential travel.”

In addition to the executive order today, Walz has ordered all bars and restaurants to remain closed until May 1 at 5 p.m. Originally, Walz’s order closing bars and restaurants was set to be lifted on Friday.

Walz also has directed the Minnesota Education Commissioner to continue distance learning from March 30 until May 4, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.