Governor Tim Walz is rejecting a call by Senate Republican Majority Leader Paul Gazelka to take down a hotline that allows people to report violations of the governor’s stay-at-home order. Walz says, “We’re not gonna take down a telephone number that allows people just to try and keep their neighbors safe.” He says it’s an educational function, if people see someone who isn’t informed about the stay-at-home order. “We simply want people to be able to call and let folks know, and it’s for their own good,” Walz adds.
But Gazelka says the hotline is “not necessary and it’s not how Minnesotans want to treat each other. We can all show a bit of kindness to our neighbors as we manage our times and needs differently in the stay at home efforts.”