Many of us look forward to the summer season and lake activities, whether for recreational or economic importance. With the COVID-19 situation, our office has received numerous questions about the current “stay-at-home” order. The health and safety of all lake users and lake service providers is a priority and we will continue to communicate with the State and Governor’s Office in regards to safe social distancing guidelines and clarifications. Check with the State for current status of activities.
- Executive Order 20-20. On March 25, 2020, a Stay at Home order was issued to limit Minnesotans’ movements outside of their homes beyond essential needs. The order is effective at 11:59pm on Friday, March 27 and ends at 5:00pm on Friday, April 10. View the Order for more details HERE.
- Executive Order 20-33. On April 8, 2020 Governor Walz extended the Stay at Home order until May 4, 2020. View the Order for more details HERE. Governor Walz also provided updated Critical Sector Descriptions HERE.
- Executive Order 20-35. On April 13, 2020, the peacetime emergency was extended through May 13, 2020. View the Order for more details HERE. Further clarifications to the Critical Sector Descriptions were provided to include marinas, dock installers, and boat delivery. See the Critical Sector Descriptions for more details about the type of allowances HERE.
- Executive Order 20-38. On April 17, 2020, allowable outdoor recreation was expanded to include activities such as boating, fishing hunting, hiking, and golf using social distancing guidelines. Facilities that may open or remain open include: bait shops for live bait, outdoor shooting ranges, parks and trails, golf courses and driving ranges, boating and off highway vehicles services including marina services, dock installation and other lake services, boat and off highway vehicle sales and repair by appointment only. View the Order for more details HERE and the updated Critical Sector Descriptions HERE.
- Executive Order 20-48. On April 30, 2020, the Stay At Home Order was extended through May 17, 2020. View the Order HERE.
Information & Resources
The following information will be helpful in practicing social distancing measures and other safety precautions as the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve.
Social Distancing While Boating
The following are some minimum actions you should take while boating to meet social distancing guidelines.
- Stay home if you are sick or exhibiting symptoms consistent with COVID-19 (including fever, cough, or difficulty breathing). Follow self-quarantine guidelines and time frames.
- Be prepared and limit interactions with other people while boating as much as possible.
- Maintain at least 6 feet of distance between individuals outside the household.
- Use a lake closest to home and go right from your house to your boat and back to avoid any unnecessary contact with others.
- Boat only with members of your household.
- Practice social distancing guidelines at launches and public spaces.
- Wash hands or use a recommended hand sanitizer any time you come into contact with shared surfaces.
- Don’t tether watercraft or raft up; keep recreational boats apart as much as possible to avoid mass gatherings.
- Do not beach your watercraft or walk on to dry land unless necessary to avoid groups of more than 10.
- Leave no trace principles, pack-in and pack-out to keep outdoor spaces safe and healthy. Do not leave potentially contaminated items laying around.
See more safety practices from the MN DNR HERE.
With the expanded allowable activities announced on April 17th, many Minnesotans are excited to spend time outdoors. Review the MN DNR’s outdoor recreation guidelines to keep you and your family safe HERE.
Businesses & Employers
Outdoor recreation facilities can ensure they are doing everything possible to keep visitors and employees safe by reviewing and implementing recommended measures described in the following guides: