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Coronavirus: Gov. Walz announces outdoor businesses that are allowed to open

Good news for golfers.

Governor Tim Walz has confirmed he's loosening his Stay at Home order to allow more outdoor recreation businesses to open.

Executive Order 20-38 will expand the allowable recreational activities that will allow residents "to continue to enjoy the outdoors close to home while following social distancing guidelines."

The order, which includes allowing golf courses to open, will allow people to engage in outdoor activities and businesses to open provided they can maintain 6-foot social distancing, avoid crowded areas, and "stay close to home."

The order goes into effect at 5 a.m. Saturday.

The facilities that may reopen or stay open include:

  • Bait shops for live bait
  • Outdoor shooting ranges and game farms
  • Public and private parks and trails
  • Golf courses and driving ranges
  • Boating and off-highway vehicle services, including:
    • Marina services
    • Dock installation and other lake services
    • Boat and off-highway vehicle sales and repair, by appointment only

"It’s important for us to stay active and enjoy the outdoors while preventing the spread of COVID-19,” Walz said. 

"This measure will allow Minnesotans to take advantage of more opportunities to get outside, while still doing their part to keep their neighbors healthy."

However, the following will not be allowed to open:

– Campgrounds and dispersed camping.

– Outdoor recreational equipment retail stores.

– Recreational equipment rental.

– Charter boats.

– Launches.

– Guided fishing.

"Minnesotans should continue to take part in outdoor activities close to their primary residence," the Walz statement said. "Staying home helps protect Minnesotans from spreading COVID-19 and limits pressure on rural medical facilities and essential supplies."

These new provisions will go into effect on Saturday, April 18 at 5:00 am, and will have the full force and effect of law upon approval by the Executive Council.

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