Executive Order enacted by Governor Burgum on Friday November 13, 2020
Gov. Doug Burgum announced several mitigation measures aimed at slowing the accelerating spread of COVID-19 in North Dakota in order to protect the vulnerable, ensure hospital capacity and keep schools and the economy open.
Burgum signed an executive order today to implement the other mitigation measures, which take effect Monday, Nov. 16, and are as follows:
- All bars, restaurants and food service establishments are limited to 50 percent of their licensed seated capacity, not to exceed 150 patrons, and are closed to in-person service between the hours of 10 p.m. and 4 a.m. Take-out, curbside and delivery will still be allowed during those hours, and Burgum encouraged North Dakotans to take advantage and support local businesses.
For those that were already following the ND Smart Restart recommendations of 25 percent capacity in high-risk counties, the change will allow them to safely welcome more customers into their establishments with masking and distancing requirements.
Burgum noted the state will soon make $54 million available through a hospitality grant program to help these businesses navigate this challenging time, and has made $70 million available through the Bank of North Dakota to buy down interest on eligible existing debt for any business whose revenue was impacted negatively by COVID-19.
- All banquet, ballroom and event venues are limited to 25 percent of their maximum occupancy, not to exceed new capacity limits that have been established with input from venues and local public health officials based on the size of the venue. Physical distancing and masks will be required for the safety of all venue personnel and patrons.
- Playoff championship contests and performance events sponsored by the North Dakota High School Activities Association during the month of November may continue under NDHSAA requirements. All high school winter sports and other extracurricular K-12 school activities are suspended until Dec. 14. This also applies to all association, community and club sports for youth and adults.
College and intercollegiate activities must follow guidance from the North Dakota University System and their respective national organizations.
Burgum said the four-week pause in activities will help keep schools open to in-person instruction – the optimal learning environment for most students – and ensure that students continue to follow the mitigation strategies of wearing a mask and physical distancing.
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
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
- Hotel Pools
- Fitness Center with Pool
- Outdoor Pools
- School Gym with Community Memberships
- Daycares utilizing gyms