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Rep. Green: Resorts are open for business this season

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

FOSSTON – State Rep. Steve Green, R-Fosston, 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.

“By my count, there are close to 70 resorts in House District 2B alone and I have heard from a number of them who have questions and concerns related to how the governor’s shutdown of businesses impacts them,” Green said. “This clarification we have received is good news because people’s livelihoods depend on it and they need to plan for the season. There are added measures to make sure people are kept healthy and safe during this outbreak, but at least our resorts know they can be open for business should they choose to do so.”

Green indicated he has been in touch with as many resort operators in the area as possible and provided them with the most up to date and accurate guidance he has received, including:

  • 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.

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

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