Executive Order enacted by Governor Burgum
Gov. Doug Burgum today announced he will sign an amended executive order lowering North Dakota’s statewide risk level for COVID-19 from high risk (orange) to moderate risk (yellow) and increasing the capacity limits for restaurants, bars and gatherings as active cases and hospitalizations due to COVID-19 have decreased in North Dakota.
Bars, restaurants and other food service establishments have been operating at up to 50 percent of their licensed seated capacity, not to exceed 150 patrons, since Nov. 16. The capacity limits were one of several mitigation measures announced Nov. 13 to slow the spread of COVID-19 as active cases and hospitalizations were peaking.
Under the amended executive order, these establishments will be able to start operating at 65 percent of licensed facility capacity, not to exceed 200 patrons, beginning 8 a.m. Jan. 8. Seating arrangements and tables must still allow for at least 6 feet of physical distance between individual parties; dance areas must be closed; service must be provided to seated patrons only; and masks must be worn by owners, managers and employees at all times, and by patrons except when eating or drinking.
In addition, banquet, ballroom and event venues, which have been limited to 25 percent capacity since Nov. 16, will be able to start operating at 50 percent capacity as of 8 a.m. Jan. 8, not to exceed the ND Smart Restart Large Gathering Capacity Requirements (see below).
A State Health Officer order requiring face coverings to be worn in indoor businesses and indoor public settings, as well as outdoor public settings where physical distancing isn’t possible, remains in effect until 12:01 a.m. Jan. 18.
We encourage North Dakotans to embrace this ND Smart Restart plan as a roadmap to a better, safer and healthier tomorrow for employers, employees and customers alike. This applies not only to those businesses affected by executive orders, but to all businesses as we enter this new normal.
Industries should adhere to universal protocols and industry specific standards below
PLEASE NOTE: updated protocols for the following industries will be updated prior to Friday, January 8th, 2021: restaurants, bars, banquets, ballrooms, wedding and event venues
Links and Resources
- Auctions - refer to ND Smart Restart Large Gatherings Protocol
- Bands - Live bands (indoor or outdoor) during events are not recommended at this time.
- Craft Fairs - refer to ND Smart Restart Large Gatherings Protocol
- Farmer's Market - ND Dept of Agriculture Guidance and National Environmental Health Association Guidance
- Garage Sales - refer to ND Smart Restart Large Gatherings Protocol
- Parades - refer to ND Smart Restart Large Gatherings Protocol
- Sale Barns - refer to ND Smart Restart Large Gatherings Protocol
- Street Dances - Live bands (indoor or outdoor) during events are not recommended at this time. refer to ND Smart Restart Large Gatherings Protocol
- Street Fairs - refer to ND Smart Restart Large Gatherings Protocol
- Reopening Guide for Event Professionals
- Lodging Establishment ND Smart Restart and Coronavirus Recommendations
- Lodging Guidance for COVID-19 Isolation or Quarantine Guests
- CDC Guidance on Operating and Managing Pools, Hot Tubs, and Water Playgrounds During the COVID-19 Pandemic
- ND Dept of Health Food and Lodging Coronavirus Resources
- CDC COVID-19 Restaurants and Bars
- Car Shows - ND Smart Restart Large Gatherings
- Class Reunions - ND Smart Restart Large Gatherings
- Convention Centers - ND Smart Restart Banquets, Ballrooms, Wedding & Event Venues
- Graduation Ceremonies - ND Smart Restart High School Graduation Ceremony Guidance
- Graduation Parties - ND Smart Restart Large Gatherings
- Racetracks - ND Smart Restart Large Gatherings
- Rodeos - ND Smart Restart Large Gatherings and PRCA Guidance
- Sports Arenas - ND Smart Restart Large Gatherings
- Weddings - ND Smart Restart Banquets, Ballrooms, Wedding & Event Venues
- FAQ - Large Gatherings in Banquets, Ballrooms, Weddings and Event Venues
- Hotel Pools
- Fitness Center with Pool
- Outdoor Pools
- School Gym with Community Memberships
- Daycares utilizing gyms