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Coronavirus: What are the rules for resorts, campgrounds in Minnesota?

The Walz Administration has provided guidance on the state's resorts, RV, and camping facilities.

Those planning summer trips to Minnesota's lakeside resorts, campgrounds and RV parks should prepare for some changes during the COVID-19 crisis.

Explore Minnesota, in its weekly newsletter, revealed it has received some guidance from the Walz Administration for overnight stays in Minnesota this summer.

It comes amid some confusion among resorts in northern Minnesota, which were not clear on the rules for whether they were allowed to open or not. 

Here's the guidance from the Walz Administration.

Resorts

Hotel portions of resorts and rented cabins can open as planned and take guests. What's more, guests don't have to be a critical or essential worker to stay.

However, communal activities such as pools, restaurants and sports cannot be open for use. The only areas allowed to open – provided there is social distancing and enhanced cleaning protocols – are retail food stores, laundry facilities, fish cleaning stations, and docks.

Furthermore, the state is still discouraging people from unnecessary travel and remaining close to their homes given the potential impact an outbreak of COVID-19 could have on rural health systems.

It's already been announced that golf courses are allowed to open, provided there is a contactless process for getting onto the course and social distancing guidelines are followed.

"Resorts do not have to open if they are not comfortable doing so," the state adds.

RV Resorts

Those who use RV campsites as their primary residences, or are seasonal renters who maintain personal property at their site, can continue to use them.

The sites can also provide short-term or temporary spots for those needing shelter for work or because of required social distancing.

But sites that are reserved for "purely recreational and short term purposes are not allowed," and communal amenities are mostly banned except for bathrooms/shower buildings, food stores, laundry facilities, fish cleaning stations and docks, provided there is social distancing and enhanced sanitation measures in place.

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Private and public campgrounds

All private and public campgrounds are closed to recreational camping.

The closures do not apply to those who use the campsite as their primary residence, or seasonal renters who maintain personal property at the site.

Campsites can also be used by those requiring shelter for work or for required social distancing.

Again, communal areas cannot open except for bathrooms/showers, food stores, laundry facilities, fish cleaning stations, and docks provided social distancing and enhanced cleaning protocols are followed.

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