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Posted on: March 20, 2020

[ARCHIVED] 5:45 p.m. Friday, March 20: City of West Fargo releases FAQs regarding Executive Order 2020-06

North Dakota Governor Burgum Executive Order 2020-06 FAQ



What is executive order 2020-06? 

Executive order 2020-06 was issued Thursday, March 19, 2020, by North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum. The executive order goes into effect Friday, March 20, at noon and will continue through Monday, April 6. The Executive Order does three things:

  • It closes all restaurants, bars, breweries, cafes and other on-site dining establishments to on-sale / on-site patrons. Takeout, curbside service, drive-thru or off-sale services may continue.
  • It closes all recreational facilities, gyms, health clubs, athletic facilities and theaters, including movie theaters and music or entertainment venues.
  • It directs all state agencies and offices to accelerate the transition of nonessential personnel staff members to a remote, in-home worksite.

The full text of the executive order can be found here.

When does the executive order go into effect and for how long?

The Executive Order goes into effect Friday, March 20, at noon and continues until Monday, April 6.

Can alcohol be included in deliveries and/or pickups at the locations?

Alcohol cannot be included in deliveries, this includes deliveries by third-party source such as DoorDash and Uber Eats. Only establishments with an off-sale liquor license may include alcohol in their pickup orders.

Are hair salons, nail salons, tanning, and tattoo and body art facilities included in this executive order?

Even though not specifically addressed in the executive order, businesses offering personal services cannot do so without compromising social distancing recommendations (6 feet distance). These types of facilities are strongly recommended to close or implement other strategies like restricting personal services, postponing appointments, suspending taking new appointments, discontinuing walk-in appointments and limiting contacts/appointments as much as possible.

Who enforces the executive order?

The State of North Dakota is collaborating with local cities and local governmental agencies to enforce this executive order. In West Fargo, the West Fargo Police Department is responsible for enforcing the liquor licensing laws that are already in place. The City of West Fargo is working with other organizations to determine the exact enforcement policies that will be implemented.

What’s the penalty for defying the executive order?

Any order or proclamation by the governor pursuant to North Dakota Century Code has the force of law. Any person who willfully violates any provision of an executive order or proclamation issued by the governor pursuant to this chapter is guilty of an infraction. Infractions can carry a fine of up to $1,000.

What are some resources available for businesses that are affected by this executive order?

If your business has been financially impacted by COVID-19, the North Dakota Department of Commerce is encouraging you to visit their comprehensive website which includes resources and information for financial assistance and answers to commonly asked questions. This website will be updated as new resources and information becomes available.

You can also fill out the business adjustment form to report how your services will change during the on-sale/on-site closure and the City of West Fargo will work to help communicate those changes with our community.

Additional resources:

Executive orders signed by Governor Doug Burgum on 03/19/2020:

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