Governor Walz expands outdoor recreation opportunities |

Governor Walz expands outdoor recreation opportunities

Governor Walz expands outdoor recreation opportunities Governor Walz expands outdoor recreation opportunities |  Photo: WDIO File

Updated: April 17, 2020 03:24 PM

ST. PAUL, MN – Governor Tim Walz announced Friday that he is expanding outdoor recreation opportunities for Minnesotans during the COVID-19 epidemic. The order will allow Minnesotans to take part in golfing, boating, fishing, hunting and hiking while following social distancing guidelines. 

“It’s important for us to stay active and enjoy the outdoors while preventing the spread of COVID-19,” Governor Walz said in a release. “This measure will allow Minnesotans to take advantage of more opportunities to get outside, while still doing their part to keep their neighbors healthy.”

Executive Order 20-38 opens a range of activities, however residents should continue to practice safety guidelines include maintaining 6-foot social distancing, avoiding crowded areas, and stay close to home.
Under Executive Order 20-38, facilities that may reopen or remain 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 

The order does not include campgrounds and dispersed camping, outdoor recreational equipment retail stores, recreational equipment rental, charter boats, launches, and guided fishing trips.
Gov. Walz says Minnesotans should continue to take part in outdoor activities close to their primary residence. Staying home helps protect other communities from a spread of  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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