After Pressure, Governor Walz Will Allow Golfing and Other Outdoor Activities

The executive order lifts ban on many outdoor activities including golf.

Photo by Jorge Rodriguez
Photo by Jorge Rodriguez

After pressure from citizens who are under and extended “stay at home” order Governor Tim Walz has signed an executive order that will allow some outdoor activities that can be done in compliance with social distancing.

The order will go into effect April 18th at 5:00 AM, allowing Minnesotans to resume outdoor activities including hunting, fishing, golfing, hiking, and shooting at outdoor ranges. Though the order specifies that this will not allow activities where people come within six feet of each other.

While this allows for outdoor facilities to open up, it does not allow for stores such as hiking and fishing gear shops to reopen.

DNR and local authorities are “authorized to engage in activities necessary for the implementation of this Executive Order, provided that such work is done in accordance with applicable CDC and MDH guidance,” Walz said in the order.

The measure lasts until the end of the COVID-19 peacetime emergency. In the order, Walz directs the Department of National Resources to continue creating guidelines to keep up public hygiene and social distancing.