What's open and closed under Minnesota's 4-week pause?

A business posted a sign saying it was temporarily closed amid the pandemic. (FOX 9)

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz's four-week pause in response to surging COVID-19 cases statewide will impact many facets of daily life in Minnesota. The shutdown goes into effect Friday, Nov. 20 at 11:59 p.m. and runs through Dec. 18. Here's a look at what businesses and activities will be impacted by the order. 


  • Restaurants, food courts, bars, cafes, breweries, wineries, taprooms - Takeout, delivery and drive-thru services can remain open
  • Tobacco product shops, hookah bars, cigar bars - This is in regards to on-site tobacco use
  • Public pools
  • Gyms, fitness centers, recreation centers, indoor and outdoor exercise facilities, indoor climbing facilities, martial arts facilities, dance and exercise studio - This includes shared or communal facilities, such as those located in an apartment complex
  • Indoor venues for theaters, cinemas, concert halls, museums, performance venues, fairs, vendor fairs, festivals, arcades, bowling alleys, stadiums - Facilities can be used for virtual programming, professional sports and college athletics are not impacted by the order
  • Outdoor venues for racing, paintball, go-karts, mini-golf, performances, festivals, fairs, vendor fairs and amusement parks - Drive-in or drive-thru experiences are permitted


  • Barbershops, salons, other establishments providing personal care - Occupancy must not exceed 50 percent capacity
  • Child care
  • Youth programs - Youth sports, however, are impacted by the order
  • Higher education institutions
  • Household services businesses
  • Retail
  • Liquor stores
  • Grocery stores, convenience stores
  • Pharmacies, drug stores
  • Food pantries
  • Health care facilities, residential care facilities, congregate care facilities
  • Correctional facilities, juvenile justice facilities
  • Crisis shelters
  • Soup kitchens
  • Restaurants and food zones inside secured zones of airports


  • Gatherings involving members of one household
  • Activity by workers or customers
  • Educational and care services for children
  • Care of others
  • Relocation to ensure safety 
  • Health and safety activities - Example: donating blood or delivering medical supplies
  • Sobriety and mental health support groups - Remote meetings are encouraged whenever possible
  • Health care and residential facilities
  • Displacement - Those without a home are exempt from the order, but are encouraged to avoid gatherings
  • Moving to a new residence
  • Legislative or government meetings
  • Court activities
  • Federal activities
  • Drive-in gatherings
  • Weddings, funerals and services - While the ceremonies can continue, virtual alternatives are encouraged. However, receptions or private parties are prohibited.


  • Gatherings and activities involving a single household
  • Minnesota state parks, trails, state forests, state recreation areas
  • Local parks, trails, arboretums and gardens
  • Public water accesses
  • Public and private marinas and docks
  • Lake service providers
  • Charter boats and launches - Sites must have a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan
  • Public and private golf courses and driving ranges
  • Ski areas, Nordic trails, snow tubing hills, sledding hills and outdoor skating rinks
  • Outdoor shooting ranges and game farms
  • Outdoor recreational equipment rental outlets - Equipment must be sanitized between use and must have clear check-out procedures
  • Dispersed and remote camping sites
  • Public and private campgrounds - Sites must have a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan
  • Guided and instructional activities, such as guided fishing or birding - Must involve persons from the same household, social distancing applies


  • Gatherings and activities involving multiple households
  • Performances
  • Competitions
  • Organized sports - Youth and adult sports are both impacted. This does not include professional sports or college athletics.
  • Races
  • Rallies
  • Organized group classes
  • Fairs
  • Spectator events