Greetings Members, Sponsors, Employees, Friends and Customers.  Governor Waltz permitted Minnesota's Stay at Home Order to expire yesterday, May 18th, as anticipated and has replaced it with an order entitled "Stay Safe MN."  That order allows for social gatherings of less than 10 people and the reopening of stores, malls and other non-essential small businesses if those businesses can follow social distancing guidelines.  (For the full Stay Safe MN Executive Order, go here. For an FAQ on Stay Safe MN, go here.)  Gov. Walz said he expects to have a similar set of guidelines in place for bars, restaurants, salons and barbershops to allow those businesses to reopen June 1st. That plan is scheduled to be presented to the public tomorrow, May 20th.

As many of our operators know, food trucks have been deemed to be "essential services" throughout the pandemic, and, as noted in the last update, the Governor directly addressed a need which can be met by food trucks by specifically permitting food trucks to operate at up to six highway rest stops in Minnesota.

The month of May is when the Minnesota food truck season really gets underway with the first festivals and events occurring.  Even though the pandemic is requiring group gatherings- including food truck festivals- to be canceled, the Association believes that the current environment provides some unique opportunities for our industry.  Some members are working with the big box stores, and some with hospitals and other front line service environments.  A little resourcefulness can go a long way.

More updates to follow soon after the Governor's announcement tomorrow.

John Levy
President, MFTA

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