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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

(Last updated: Wednesday, May 20)

Minnesota's Stay at Home Order

Governor Walz allowed Minnesota's Stay at Home to expire on Monday, May 18. As we begin to turn the dial on reopening Minnesota, a new Executive Order will take its place that asks Minnesotans to Stay Safe (#StaySafeMN).

Stay Safe Minnesota

Thanks to the progress we've made with the Stay at Home order, beginning on May 18, Minnesota will move forward in carefully opening up society. With protections in place for those most vulnerable and our work force, we can begin to slowly turn the dials on both the economy and social settings.

Changes to What's Allowed

  • Businesses and retail stores can reopen if they have a plan for keeping employees and customers safe and operate at 50% capacity.
  • People may gather in groups of no more than 10 people outside of their families.
  • Bars and restaurants may reopen for outdoor dining on June 1. Venues are limited to 50 overall guests, and all diners must maintain six feet of social distancing during their visit.
  • Personal services like salons and barbershops may open at 25% capacity on June 1.
  • Campgrounds may open on June 1.

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

Ongoing Restrictions & Guidelines

  • Entertainment venues such as theaters, arcades and bowling alleys will remain closed. 
  • Continue to work from home if you can.
  • Wear masks when shopping.
  • Stay six feet apart.

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

What's Open

Restaurants Offering Delivery & Curbside Pickup
Although Minnesota restaurants are not able to host visitors, many are still operating on a delivery or curbside pickup basis. Check with individual restaurants for ordering information.

Bars & Restaurants
Bars and restaurants may reopen for outdoor dining on June 1. Venues are limited to 50 overall guests, and all diners must maintain six feet of social distancing during their visit.

Retail Businesses Offering Curbside Pickup
Starting on May 18, retail businesses and other non-critical businesses may resume in-store operations at 50% capacity. Check with individual businesses for more information.

Minnesota State Parks & Recreation Areas
Minnesota’s state parks remain open for day use and still require a vehicle permit. With park facilities closed, 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. 

Minnesota Golf Courses
Executive Order 20-38 allows a wide variety of non-contact activities, including golfing as long as you 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.

Minnesota Fishing and Hunting
Executive Order 20-38 allows people to go fishing and hunting. Shooting ranges and game farms are open. Outdoor fishing is allowed as long as participants are social distancing. Members of the same immediate household must stay at least 6 feet away from other households. Fishing contests are still prohibited. Bait and tackle shops may open for live bait and fishing equipment. Normal seasons and regulations apply. Anglers may choose to purchase their license online.

Local Parks & Trails
Executive Order 20-20 allows people to be outdoors, engaging in activities such as walking, running, and fishing and hunting. We encourage outdoor enthusiasts to stay close to home, follow social distancing guidelines (stay at least 6 ft. apart from other visitors), and consider visiting city or county parks. Reach out to your city or county government for more information about visiting local parks.

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 remain open but will not be staffed by travel experts. Custodians will remain on staff and are devoted to keeping the facilities clean and safe for travelers to use. Visitors looking for travel information may 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.

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.

COVID-19 Resources for Residents: