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.
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 (tables of up to 10 guests), 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 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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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