Many Minnesotans have been seeking clarity on the status of Minnesota’s numerous resorts, asking the Walz administration to allow them to reopen. Clarification came from the administration this week, stating that resorts were never actually closed under the Executive Order, despite some misinformation that has been circulating.
According to the guidance from the administration, the hotel portions of resorts (including rented cabins) can open and accept guests, and guests do not have to be members of a critical sector to stay at a resort. Communal resources offered at resorts, however, cannot be open for use except for retail food stores, laundry facilities, and fish cleaning stations and docks. Resorts do not have to open if they are not comfortable doing so. Maintenance workers and cleaning staff can begin working now to prepare for the start of Minnesota’s resort season, though the health and safety of employees and guests should remain a priority throughout the season.
Individuals who rely on RV resort campsites or private and public campgrounds as a primary residence and those who are seasonal renters and maintain personal property at their site can continue to utilize the RV resort. Other campsites can be used on a short-term or temporary basis by people who require necessary shelter for the purposes of work or required social distancing, but sites that are reserved for temporary or rotating use for purely recreational and/or short-term purposes are not allowed. The only communal amenities that may be open for use include bathrooms/shower buildings, retail food stores, laundry facilities, and fish cleaning stations and docks.
While traditional resorts, RV resorts, and campgrounds can accept visitors as outlined above, the Stay-at-Home order continues to discourage unnecessary travel and asks people to remain close to their homes. No resorts or campgrounds have to open if they are not comfortable doing so.