COVID-19 MN Updates

ALERT: Business hours and operations may be different due to COVID-19, so please check directly with your hotel, restaurant, bar, shop, event, or attraction before traveling.



Hello Stillwater Fans,

The Minnesota Governor and State Health Commissioner are strongly recommending temporary community social mitigation measures in response to the outbreak of respiratory virus COVID-19 that was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization. They are encouraging “social distancing” at work and in public places and some businesses are still closed. Click HERE for the current guidelines and executive orders for Minnesota as they are changing daily. Below are nightlights that affect your visit to Stillwater, Minnesota.

  • March 13th – encouraging gatherings of more than 250 people and events where the venue can’t accommodate the 6ft social distancing.
  • March 15th – Restricted to events of 50 people or more.
  • March 16th 2:30pm – Restricted to 10 people homes and public spaces.
  • March 16th 5:30pm – Governor has ordered all bars, restaurants, coffee shops, entertainment, spas, gyms, bakeries, golf courses, museums, etc. to close by March 17th at 5pm. The status of shops is based on each individual owner, but many are closing for now. Hotels are still open, but pools and restaurants on site closed. This is a temporary closure until March 27th (now extended to May 4th).
  • March 25th 2:00pm – Governor announced two week “Stay at Home” order starting March 27 at midnight – April 10th at 5pm. Retail shops will now close temporarily as well (grocery exception). The Governor also today issued executive orders extending the closure of bars, restaurants, and other public accommodations set forth in Executive Orders 20-04 and 20-08 until May 1, 2020 at 5:00 pm. Hotels are still OPEN and restaurant take-out IS allowed. Trails, parks, outdoor exploration IS allowed. Most shops and attractions are closed.
  • April 8th – Governor extended the #stayathome order until May 3rd at 11:59pm (executive order 20-33). The Governor’s order to stay home is forecasted to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and allow the state to make key preparations for the pandemic. These preparations include building hospital capacity, increasing access to life-saving equipment like ventilators, increasing testing, planning for how to care for vulnerable populations, and assessing public health data to determine which community mitigation strategies are most effective.
  • April 17 – Allowing for safe outdoor recreation, MN Governor issues Executive Order 20-38 for individuals to engage in any outdoor activity that is dependent upon or derives its principal benefit from natural surroundings and open space, including but not limited to hunting, fishing, trapping, boating, hiking,biking, golfing, and picnicking for the purposes of pleasure, rest, exercise, or relaxation, provided that the activity can be engaged in accordance with the Outdoor Recreation Guidelines, including maintaining at least six feet of separation between participants from different households.
  • April 17 – “Temporary to-go beer and wine sales in Minnesota will become reality Saturday after the Minnesota Legislature approved a measure to let restaurants sell some liquor alongside food while they remain closed to on-site diners during the state’s coronavirus emergency. The Senate passed the measure Thursday and Gov. Tim Walz signed it after the House approved it Friday. The new off-sale rule will take effect Saturday. Restaurants and bars that serve food will be able to sell up to one bottle of wine or the equivalent of a six-pack of beer, cider or hard seltzer with food orders.” source: Star Tribune
  • April 30 – Stay at home order extended to May 18th. Retail businesses can do curb-side pick up or delivery.
  • May 12th – The stay at home order ends May 18th and retail businesses can reopen then as well with a social distancing plan and at 50% capacity. Restaurants, bars, breweries, salons, gyms, churches, etc. must remain closed. The state is working on an re-opening plan with a hopeful date those industries can reopen on June 1st.
  • May 20th – Restaurants, bars, breweries, and wineries can re-open June 1st but only for outdoor dining and at reduced capacity (max 50 people). For safety, there must be 6′ between tables and social distancing rules in place. Party size of 4 total or 6 if a family. Reservations required. Require workers wear masks. Strongly encourage customers to wear masks too (help protect the workers).  Those without outdoor spaces: asking municipalities to be creative to help makeshift outdoor dining work. Hair and nail salons may also open June 1st at 25% capacity, masks for stylists and customer required, and by appointment only.
  • June 5th – Starting on June 10, the Stay Safe Order turns the dial to open:
  1. Indoor social gatherings with up to 10 people; outdoor social gatherings with up to 25 people.
  2. Restaurants and bars for indoor service at no more than 50% capacity, with reservations required.
  3. Personal services such as salons, tattoo parlors and barbershops may increase occupancy rates to 50%, with appointments required.
  4. Places of worship may increase occupancy rates to 50%.
  5. Gyms, personal fitness and yoga studios, and martial arts centers may open at 25% capacity.
  6. Seated indoor entertainment venues such as theaters and concert halls may open at 25% capacity.
  7. Recreational indoor entertainment venues, such as bowling alleys, arcades and museums may open at 25% capacity.
  8. Outdoor entertainment venues such as sporting events, concerts and theaters may open at 25% capacity.
  9. Public gatherings of all types may not exceed 250 people in a single self-contained space, and attendees should still adhere to proper social distancing measures like staying six feet apart and wearing a mask.
  • July 22nd – A message from the Minnesota Department of Health and Minnesota Governor: “Your mask protects me, my mask protects you. Wearing a mask can protect others from #COVID19. As of Saturday, July 25th masks are required state-wide when indoors or unable to social distance. (full details here). Let’s work together to slow the spread. Remember, people with certain health conditions may not be able to wear a mask, so we need to stay 6 feet apart, too!”

For more details, visit Minnesota’s Stay Safe Plan or DEED: Safely Returning to Work.

As a result of this, events in Stillwater are cancelled or postponed, so we encourage you to check directly with the venue to determine status of events before traveling. Your health and safety are very important to us. Please know that businesses are also taking extra sanitation measures to clean surfaces.

Our downtown restaurants, pubs, shops, hotels and attractions are vital to the local tourism economy, so for healthy individuals we encourage you to do what you can to support local small businesses during this time. Many local businesses are offering online ordering, shipping, or curbside pick-up services for shops and restaurants (see list). The Greater Stillwater Chamber of Commerce is doing the “Great Valley Take-Out Rally” by pulling together a list of business that offer take-out or delivery, so stay up to date here.

Here’s a list of shops that have online shopping available:

Purchase salon & beauty products online as well or inquire about curbside pick-up or local delivery:

Check shops social media pages or e-newsletters as well as many offer a call in order and shipment from an item you saw featured or possibly curbside pick-up or local delivery.

We love the idea of purchasing gift cards as gifts for someone in need or for yourself in the future. We hope you plan to re-book your hotel stay or event ticket for a future date, too. Please follow us on Facebook or Instagram as we share creative ideas from our local entrepreneurs.

As you spend this time in isolation, think ahead to future events and celebrations. When it’s time to plan events again, know that we offer a beautiful destination with several types and sizes of unique venues and stunning new hotels. Tour venues from your computer! View 360 tours and the complete list of all of our amazing 20+ wedding, meeting & event venues in Stillwater.

Stay positive and dream of the future when the joy of travel returns to our lives. For now, we’ll give you inspiration by sharing photos of Stillwater on social media.

Stay informed with facts from the experts:
Centers for Disease Control
Minnesota Department of Health

We send everyone hope and strength during this time of uncertainty. Working together to protect all, experts say we can flatten the curve and limit the spread of this virus.

If you need a break from all this, find our great trails or historic walking tours and let the stillness of St. Croix River give you a moment of peace. We will get through this!

~ Discover Stillwater Tourism Board

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