Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

Man fishing on a dock in Superior National Forest

Dock fishing in Superior National Forest / Alyssa Hei

(Last Updated: Wednesday, Aug. 26)

Face Masks

The science is increasingly clear that wearing masks significantly cuts the risk of spreading COVID-19 from one person to another. Wearing a mask is a simple and effective step we can take to slow the spread of the virus. Effective July 25, all residents and non-residents must wear a face mask indoors (unless they are completely alone). See the Minnesota Department of Health website for face covering specifics and exemptions.

Stay Safe Minnesota

With protections in place for those most vulnerable and our work force, we are moving forward to carefully open up society following the multi-phase Stay Safe Minnesota Plan. We are currently in Phase III of the Stay Safe Plan, as detailed below. 

    Vali Hi Drive-in Movie Theater

    Pack up the car with your favorite snacks and head to a drive-in movie theater / Paul Vincent

    What's Allowed

    Indoor & Outdoor Dining

    Restaurants and bars are now able to open for both indoor and outdoor service at up to 50% capacity (not to exceed 250 total guests). Reservations are required for indoor seating, but not to dine outside. This has led to a new-found popularity for old-school drive-in restaurants, and for some Minnesota restaurants to expand their outdoor dining areas. 

    Shopping

    Shopping and retail stores can now open at 50% capacity, allowing you to once again browse in-person. Many continue to offer curbside pickup for those who prefer to keep their distance. Minnesota's most popular retail and entertainment destination, Mall of America, is open for in-person shopping and dining with significant safety enhancements

    Attractions & Entertainment

    Indoor entertainment venues may now open at 25% capacity. This includes seated venues such as theaters and concert halls, as well as recreational venues like bowling alleys, arcades and museums. Outdoor entertainment venues may also open at 25%, including sporting events, concerts and drive-in movie theaters

    Camping & Resorts

    Campgrounds across the state are reopening in a phased approach, from Minnesota State Parks to private campgrounds. For those seeking a truly socially distanced night under the stars, plan a weekend at one of the most remote backpacking campsites in Minnesota. Seeking something a little less outdoorsy? Extensive cleaning and social distancing protocols make a classic summer resort getaway possible. 

    More of What's Allowed

    • Indoor social gatherings with up to 10 people; outdoor social gatherings with up to 25 people.
    • Personal services such as salons, tattoo parlors and barbershops may increase occupancy rates to 50%, with appointments required.
    • Places of worship may increase occupancy rates to 50%.
    • Gyms, personal fitness and yoga studios, and martial arts centers may open at 25% capacity.

    Get more information about the phases of Minnesota's Stay Safe plan.

    Healthy Ways to Get Outside

    Family hiking at Savanna Portage State Park

    Taking in the sights at Savanna Portage State Park / McGregor Chamber of Commerce

    Minnesota State Parks

    Minnesota's incredible state parks and recreation areas are open for day use and overnight camping, however, many park facilities remain closed or unattended. Visitors are encouraged to purchase daily and annual passes online before leaving home, or purchase permits through self-pay and information kiosks located at each facility.

    Take a Bike Ride

    Toss a leg over the saddle and explore one of the bike trails near home. Minnesota has more than 4,000 miles of paved bike trails across the state, so no matter where you live there's sure to be a safe place to ride nearby. 

    Go for a Hike

    With a wide variety of trail types across the state, hiking at Minnesota's 75 state parks and recreation areas is a great way to experience the state’s diverse landscapes and get in a socially distanced workout. Lace up your hiking boots and go chasing waterfalls, take a forest bath or experience Minnesota’s incredible native tallgrass prairies.

    Minnesota Golf Courses

    With courses once again open across Minnesota, golfing is a great way to get in some steps and enjoy the warm weather. Golfers that have been itching to get out may want to enjoy one of Minnesota’s golf trails. Golfers must maintain proper social distancing, avoid crowded areas and stay close to home. With clubhouses closed, golfers are encouraged to pay green fees online or over the phone.

    Go Fishing & Hunting

    Outdoor fishing is allowed as long as participants are social distancing, and shooting ranges and game farms are open. Fishing contests are still prohibited. Bait and tackle shops may open for live bait and fishing equipment. Normal fishing regulations and seasons still apply. 

    Cruise a Scenic Byway

    For a safe taste of adventure, hop in your car and hit the open road on one of Minnesota’s 22 scenic byways. These winding roads bring you through lake country, waterfalls, bluffs, prairies and city parks, so there’s a route for every traveler.

    Restrictions & Closures

    Store owner with medical mask and closed sign

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    Events & Business Disruption

    To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, many upcoming events have been cancelled or postponed and business operations altered. For up-to-date information please check with individual events and businesses.

    Minnesota Welcome Centers

    Minnesota’s welcome centers across the state are open and staffed by travel experts daily from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Custodians are keeping the facilities clean and safe for travelers to use. Visitors looking for travel information may also contact our travel experts at [email protected] or 1-888-VISITMN (1-888-847-4866). Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency, orders may be delayed.

    General Restrictions & Guidelines

    • Continue to work from home if you can.
    • Minnesotans must wear a mask indoors (unless they are completely alone).
    • Always stay six feet away from others.
    • Public gatherings of all types may not exceed 250 people in a single self-contained space.

    For more about Minnesota's ongoing response to this crisis, see Governor Walz' COVID-19 Response & Preparation page.

    Airplane MSP Airport Minneapolis skyline

    Delta airplane on tarmak at MSP Airport / Emmanuel Canaan

    Travel Confidently with MSP International Airport

    The Travel Confidently program is a set of safety measures MSP International Airport has instituted in partnership with its airlines, concessionaires, federal agencies and others, to give travelers a safer experience on their journeys. If passing through MSP on a trip, passengers are strongly urged to familiarize themselves with and follow the program guidelines to keep themselves and others healthy and safe. Some of these measures include: 

    • Face coverings required throughout the terminal
    • Keep a safe, 6-foot distance from your fellow travelers when possible
    • Wash your hands often and utilize the hand sanitizer stations found throughout the airport

    Travel Guidelines from the Experts

    With the situation rapidly evolving, we encourage travelers to and within the state of Minnesota to seek expert guidance and take routine precautions as outlined by the CDC and Minnesota Department of Health in order to make fact-based travel decisions.

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