MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Twenty-three people have been charged with violating Minnesota’s stay-at-home order aimed at preventing the spread of the coronavirus.
In many cases, law enforcement officers added the misdemeanor charge as a secondary offense to another crime.
Violating an emergency order is punishable by up to 90 days in jail and a maximum fine of $1,000.
Gov. Tim Walz began issuing executive orders relating to COVID-19 in mid-March, including one which told Minnesotans to stay home except to buy food and other limited reasons.
Among those charged is a Chaska man who allegedly arrived at a Roseville hotel to meet a prostitute he met online.