BREAKING-Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz to expand outdoor recreation opportunities in the state with many facilities re-opening

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz on Friday expanded outdoor recreation opportunities in the state, meaning many facilities may reopen.

Walz stated that Executive Order 20-38 will allow Minnesotans to engage in a range of activities, including golfing, boating, fishing, hunting, and hiking, as long as they follow new outdoor recreation guidelines. He added that the guidelines include maintaining 6-foot social distancing, avoiding crowded areas, and staying close to home.

The Executive Order means facilities such as 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 can all re-open.

Campgrounds and dispersed camping, outdoor recreational equipment retail stores, recreational equipment rental, charter boats, launches, and guided fishing remain closed.