Business closures: the latest info

The Brainerd Lakes Chamber has been monitoring the business closure situation. Here is what we know:

Today, Governor Walz directed Minnesotans to limit movement outside of their homes (beyond essential needs) fromFriday, March 27 at 11:59 p.m. to Friday, April 10 at 5:00 p.m. Businesses deemed essential are allowed to stay open while practicing social distancing. Employees and customers are also allowed to travel to those businesses. The order is designed to slow the rate of COVID-19 infections.

What does critical/essential mean?
The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development issued more clarification on what types of businesses must be closed as of Friday evening. Visit this newly created resource page to understand how they are defining “critical industries” and how you can request designation as an essential business.

What will happen with the businesses that are currently closed?
The actions today also extend current closures of dine-in restaurants and other “public accommodation” businesses until May 1st. Restaurants will still be allowed to offer take-out and delivery services.

Which businesses may be open?

  • Note: This is a partial list for public awareness. View full list here.
  • Hospitals and clinics
  • Food services, such as grocery stores, farmers markets, food banks, bakeries, and take-out and delivery restaurants
  • Pharmacies
  • Convenience stores
  • Liquor stores
  • Child care facilities
  • News organizations
  • Gas stations
  • Funeral homes
  • Banks
  • Hardware stores
  • Post offices

Which businesses must be closed?

  • Note: This is a partial list for public awareness. View full list here.
  • Dine-in restaurants
  • Bars and nightclubs
  • Entertainment venues
  • Gyms and fitness studios
  • Zoos
  • Museums
  • Arcades
  • Playgrounds
  • Bowling alleys
  • Movie theaters
  • Concert halls
  • Country clubs
  • Salons and barber shops
  • Tattoo parlors

Which workers can keep working?

  • Health care and public health workers
  • Law enforcement, public safety and first responders, including corrections personnel
  • Food service and agricultural workers
  • Employees in the energy sector
  • Water and wastewater employees as well as those in public works
  • Communications and IT staff, including journalists
  • Construction and critical trades workers, including electricians, plumbers and HVAC technicians
  • Employees at animal shelters and veterinary clinics
  • People in transportation and logistics, including workers in roadway construction or maintenance. Only automobile sales for essential travel are allowed and they have to be conducted by appointment and accommodate social distancing.
  • Community-based government operations, including election support
  • Critical manufacturing, including iron ore mining and processing
  • Hazardous materials and chemical workers
  • Financial services employees
  • Tribal government employees deemed essential by the tribal government
  • Essential employees in the state’s judicial, executive and legislative branches
  • National Guard members
  • Faith leaders and workers needed to plan and distribute content to the community
  • Education and child care workers
  • Staff who support hotels, residential facilities and shelters
  • Workers who support charitable and social services providers
  • Some legal services
  • Laundry services providers


2 thoughts on “Business closures: the latest info”

  1. Do you have a list of small business that are delivering food or ready for pickup in Baxter brainerd area?

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