COVID-19 Resources



COVID-19 resources for Minnesota legal professionals

This page is updated as needed to reflect new information, orders, and advisories. If you see a professional resource related to the COVID-19 pandemic that you think we ought to post, let us know by sending the link to COVIDinfo@mnbars.org

Please note: Recent (fall/winter 2020) updates are underlined for easier visibility.

Last updated: 11/24/2020  9:32 a.m.

 


 

Official public health information

  • Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) COVID-19 homepage.
  • Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) COVID-19 homepage
  • Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (University of Minnesota) COVID-19 homepage

Coronavirus-related tracker pages


 Minnesota courts


Minnesota governor’s office and state agencies

  • Spring/summer 2020 executive orders from Gov. Tim Walz.
    • Executive Order 20-20 Directing Minnesotans to Stay at Home (3/25) (PDF).
    • Excerpt: The language regarding “essential” legal services in EO 20-20. 
    • Clarifications regarding critical personnel/activities exemptions from EO 20-20 are being posted at this MN Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) page
    • Executive Order 20-33: Extending stay at home order and temporary closure of bars, restaurants, and other places of public accommodation (4/9) (PDF).  
    • Excerpt: The modified language regarding "essential" legal services in EO 20-33.
    • EO 20-38: Allowing for safe outdoor recreation (4/17). (PDF)

    • EO 20-56: Safely Reopening Minnesota’s Economy and Ensuring Safe Non-Work Activities during the COVID-19 Peacetime Emergency (5/14). (PDF)

  • Fall/winter 2020 executive orders from Gov. Tim Walz
    • Executive Order 20-96 Restricting Social Gatherings, Celebrations, and the Hours and Operations of Bars, Restaurants, and Venues to Prevent Further Spread of COVID-19 (11/10/2020). (PDF)
    • Executive Order 20-97 Extending the COVID-19 Peacetime Emergency Declared in Executive Order 20-01 (11/12/2020). (PDF
    • Executive Order 20-98 Rescinding Emergency Executive Order 20-22 (11/12/2020). (PDF)
    • Executive Order 20-99 Implementing a Four Week Dial Back on Certain Activities to Slow the Spread of COVID-19 (11/18/2020). (PDF)


 

U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota

U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Minnesota

  • The U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Minnesota has created a COVID-19 page summarizing its operations and procedures during the pandemic, covering subjects that run from access to the clerk’s office, courthouse entrance protocols, hearings & trials, procedural changes being applied during the pandemic, mortgage forbearance under the CARES Act, and more.


United States Court of Appeals for the 8th District

  • 8th Circuit Court of Appeals homepage (includes coronavirus-related alerts & announcements).


 

Coronavirus & the law

Small business assistance


 

Coping & wellness resources

  • Minnesota Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers (LCL) homepage (includes information on virtual LCL support group meetings for those who usually attend them in-person).
  • Minnesota LCL has updated its roster of scheduled weekly online support group meetings (8/3/2020).

  • Minnesota LCL resource listing on COVID-19 and Wellbeing (PDF).
  • Minnesota LCL has posted a listing of Minnesota-based online recreational resources, from virtual tours of state parks and museums to home-gardening resource sites. (4/7)
  • ABA Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs (CoLAP) COVID-19 Mental Health Resources
  • The MSBA's SOLACE program exists to help members who are experiencing hardship or illness. Learn more about giving, and getting, help through SOLACE. 
  • During this time of social distancing, self-quarantine, and adjusting to our new normal, the MSBA Council encourages members to make time to pause, reflect, refocus, and recalibrate (PDF). 
  • Working at home with a spouse or partner? Find a ‘do not bother me’ spot, expert says. USA Today
  • The Mindfulness in Law Society is (quoting the website) “the education and support hub for mindfulness in the legal profession, bringing together lawyers, law students, faculty, judges, and other legal professionals across the nation, and supporting their interests in mindful lawyering, yoga, and other contemplative practices.”

  • The wellness site 10 Percent Happier is offering this free Coronavirus Sanity Guide.



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