Many Minnesotans have been practicing social distancing for weeks since the coronavirus grew into a global pandemic that has changed our lives, at least for now.
Humans are social. Most of us enjoy being with others. It’s not easy being unable to get together with friends and family, hang out at restaurants and bars, and travel. But keeping distance from large groups is a small sacrifice everyone can make to keep the number of cases of coronavirus down.
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The experienced Edina real estate and business attorneys at Morris Law Group are still here to help you with your legal needs, ranging from contracts to dispute resolution and matters of litigation. Give our law firm a call at 952.832.2000 or fill out our contact form here to set up a free consultation.
Coronavirus and Minnesota Courts
Minnesota officials have moved to reduce nonessential public visits to court facilities during the pandemic. That order is likely to increase as many cities and states go into official lockdown status to avoid spreading the disease.
Chief Justice Lorie S. Gildea has established the following temporary procedures for district court case processing. The situation is changing rapidly, so visit http://www.mncourts.gov for updates if you have a court hearing scheduled, or speak to your attorney.
- All court facilities shall remain open. Service windows at court facilities will also remain open, and courts will continue to accept filings in all case types. The Judicial Branch discourages the public from making any non-essential visits to court facilities.
- All jury trials currently underway should continue until the trial is complete, regardless of case type.
- For case types designated as High Priority in the Limited Court Service Case Priorities List, all court proceedings should continue as normal. Courts will schedule new jury trials as needed in those case types. Wherever possible, courts should explore the use of ITV/remote technology to conduct these hearings. The order also eases restrictions on the use of these technologies currently in Court Rules.
- For case types designated Medium Priority in the Limited Court Service Case Priorities List, all court proceedings (except jury trials currently underway, or cases where a speedy trial has been demanded) will be suspended for 14 days. No new jury trials in these case types should be scheduled for the next 30 days.
COVID-19 Health Update: What You Can Do
The United States has more than 10,400 confirmed cases of coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That number will keep climbing, especially if people do not practice social distancing.
Anyone with COVID-19 or who has come into contact with someone who has it, is recommended to stay at home and away from others for 14 days and until all symptoms — fever, cough and shortness of breath — are gone.
The CDC recommends washing your hands for 20 seconds with warm water and soap. Hand sanitizers should be used when washing isn’t available. The virus spreads from contact with a person who has the disease. It can be transferred through sneezes or coughing.
At this time, it is best to avoid close contact with others. That means no hand shaking or hugging with people. It is important to not touch your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
It is also important to make sure you are taking care of yourself even if you have no symptoms of coronavirus. Doing so will help keep you calm your immune system up. Eat well, exercise and sleep eight hours per night. Keeping a routine will help your physical and mental health.
If you are experiencing anxiety, depression or any other mental health symptoms, see a therapist. If you can’t leave the house, or wish not to, this is a good opportunity to try video chats with healthcare professionals.
Stay safe. And reach out if you are worried about a legal matter, coronavirus fears aside. We are here over the phone and online to help. Your first consultation is free.
About Morris Law Group
Integrity and trust is the foundation of our practice. Our passion for client success is matched only by our experience, our reputation for excellence, and our deep understanding of each and every client’s individual needs.
At Morris Law Group, we don’t just counsel our clients. We invest in them. We’ve been serving the Edina and Twin Cities communities since 2002. Our attorneys provide personalized legal services to clients seeking help in real estate, business development, commercial litigation, and other matters.
Our experienced Edina attorneys – Founder Richard L. Morris, Lillian Ballard, and Nicholas Henry – believe that relationships matter, whether a client is trying to navigate a purchase agreement, get a business off the ground, or dissolve a partnership. Our lawyers appear regularly in state and federal court, in administrative hearings, and in various alternative dispute resolution forums, including mediation and arbitration.
Morris Law Group is the best Minnesota law firm for all of your real estate and business legal needs. We advocate for our clients with professionalism, empathy, and with a results-driven approach.