Update from Rep. Tabke: Executive Order on Outdoor Activities

Today, as warm weather slowly makes its way to Minnesota, Governor Walz signed Executive Order 20-38, expanding the opportunities for outdoor activities in this temporary new normal of COVID-19. The new provisions go into effect on Saturday, April 18 at 5:00 a.m.

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 

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

It is recommended that Minnesotans continue to take part in outdoor activities close to their primary residence. By doing so, this will protect Minnesotans from spreading COVID-19 and will also limit pressure on rural medical facilities and essential supplies. 

Wine & Beer Takeout

Today, the Minnesota House of Representatives passed legislation allowing the takeout sale of wine and beer from bars and restaurants during the COVID-19 pandemic. Along with a meal, customers will be able to purchase beverages limited to a 750 ml bottle of wine or a six-pack of beer, cider, or hard seltzer in their unopened, original packaging. The legislation has already been passed by the Senate, and is expected to be signed into law by Governor Walz soon. 

This is just the latest in our efforts to look for common sense ways businesses can operate as efficiently as possible without risking the wellbeing of Minnesotans. If you have any questions about our work in the Minnesota Legislature, on input on how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted you, please feel free to reach out to our office. 

Brad Tabke, State Representative | Rep.Brad.Tabke@house.mn

Eric Petersen, Legislative Assistant | Eric.Petersen@house.mn