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Rep. Nornes: Resorts are open for business this season

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

 

FERGUS FALLS – State Rep. Bud Nornes, R-Fergus Falls, said Minnesota’s resorts are open for business, despite uncertainty and misinformation regarding how the governor’s recent COVID-19-related executive orders impact them.

“Between workers who make a living in the hospitality industry and those who like to visit resorts, a lot of people have been wondering whether they would be open to start the season,” Nornes said. “The fact is, resorts never were closed under the governor’s orders and they are free to operate, with some extra measures in order to keep people healthy and safe.”

Nornes indicated the following is the most up to date and accurate guidance he has received:

  • The hotel portions of resorts (including rented cabins) can open as planned and can accept guests.
  • Guests do not have to be members of a critical sector to stay at a resort.
  • 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.

“Health and safety still must remain top priority, so employees and guests are encouraged to do their part to observe social distancing protocol,” Nornes said. “The good news is we are open for business. Recreation is something we always look forward to around here and may need more now than ever.”

Nornes said clarification is being sought regarding the status of campgrounds and RV resorts.

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