After Minnesota was added to the growing “hot spot” list for coronavirus on Tuesday, the North Dakota Department of Health issued a 14-day quarantine for North Dakota residents who spend a long time in neighboring countries.
However, Burgum stressed that in his modified travel orders, residents were exempt from quarantine if they would only take recipes or groceries at Moorhead and live in Fargo or help family members or elderly friends.
He said “barriers” between border cities were undesirable.
However, Burgum stressed again that snowbirds or spring break travelers returning from countries such as Arizona or Florida, two others on the “hot” list, need to be quarantined for 14 days as well as people who spend time in other parts of Minnesota such as Minneapolis .
Neighboring South Dakota and Montana are not yet on the list, although Burgum said he hopes all 50 states will eventually be in it.
Fargo and other metro mayors have gone further by asking residents to “stay home”. If people quarantine, the only exception listed on the order is that they will be allowed to go to the doctor. If someone or family member at home drops with coronavirus while in quarantine they must report it to the state Department of Health to be traced.
According to the amendments in the revised travel order issued Wednesday, here are some clarifications:
Should I travel to Minnesota for this Easter family meeting or have relatives from there visit my home in North Dakota?
“NO,” said Jennifer Skjod, a public information officer with the state Joint Information Center, who entered the word “no” in capital letters in an email. Burgum said in his briefing that he realized the tradition of travel for Easter was being disrupted.
Can I visit my lake hut in Minnesota for the weekend and still have to quarantine or do recreational activities abroad?
Yes, residents are encouraged to take part in outside activities as long as they maintain a social distance of at least 6 feet, and that includes visiting the lake hut, according to Skjod. Burgum said in his daily briefing that the amended order stated that people were released from quarantine if they crossed the state line to conduct outdoor activities. Exceptions include walking, hiking, running, cycling, driving for pleasure, hunting or fishing, as well as visiting public parks or recreation areas as long as people stay away from others.
Burgum added that he did not stop people from other states fishing in 400 state lakes, even though people “should not gather on bridges or on ship ramps.” He said the state Department of Games and Fish would oversee such matters.
Can I take my prescription or shop for basic necessities in border cities and go to work?
Yes, order amendments allow people to go to work between states and shop for important supplies such as food. Burgum told his briefing that someone from Fargo who had their recipe filled at Walgreen’s in Moorhead could definitely take it. Or if a nurse lives in Moorhead and works at Fargo hospital, they can go back and forth to work. There is a long list of important workers who can travel between states Homeland Security website.
Can I get food delivery from grocery stores or restaurants made between cities?
Can I shop for groceries in Fargo and send them to elderly family members in Minnesota?
Trucks will carry products between states during this time. Is this permitted?
Yes Truck drivers are among the important workers who are released from direct quarantine for 14 days.
Should I attend a birthday party for family members who cross national borders?
No. Burgum said “virtual parties” are becoming more common. He said there were many free technology products available for such meetings. If people aren’t interested in technology, he says they can make phone calls, write letters or offer birthday wishes on Facebook.
Other Easter and Holy Week services are canceled. How should I react?
Many churches offer services on TV and online, so people have to participate virtually.
What is the penalty for disobeying orders?
Skjod said they did not see any legal officers stop people at the border. However, if someone goes to Minneapolis, returns to North Dakota and is not quarantined, and is reported by another resident, they potentially face a Class B violation, which includes 30 days in prison or a maximum fine of $ 1,500. Local law enforcement is responsible for violations.
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