Minnesota's resorts remain open during COVID-19 pandemic

There has been some uncertainty for Minnesota's resort industry while a 'stay at home' order has been enacted to combat COVID-19.

However, a Nisswa legislator says resorts are open for business. 

State Rep. Josh  Heintzeman said legislators received clarification from the governor's office that resorts are not closed under the "stay at home" order. 

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"This is great news for the Brainerd Lakes Area as tourism is such a vital part of our local economy," Heintzeman said in a statement. "There are new safety protocols in place to keep people healthy and safe, which must be a top priority, but thankfully the clarification assures resorts that yes, they can be open." 

While resorts are not closed, they have been given guidance from the governor's office: 

  • Communal amenities may not be open for use.
  • While resorts can accept visitors, the 'stay at home' order continues to discourage unnecessary travel, and the order asks people to remain close to their homes.
  • Resorts do not have to open if they are not comfortable doing so. 
  • Maintenance and cleaning staff can begin work now to prepare for the season.

Legislators continue to seek clarification on the status of campgrounds and resorts for recreational vehicles.