ST. PAUL (LEARFIELD) — The Minnesota Senate is considering a proposal on how to handle the COVID-19 crisis.

Sen. Andrew Mathews (R-Milaca) is pushing for businesses to reopen and says his plan could accomplish that in a safe manner.

The plan calls for a state agency to be in charge of reviewing individual business plans for reopening.

Gov. Tim Walz has issued a stay at home order for Minnesotans through May 4. The order allows for essential businesses to remain open, however, many are closed as a result of the order.

Matthews’ plan would focus on strategies for social distancing and workplace hygiene.