Greetings, If you are looking for the most current hours for any dining or retail outlets in Cook County MN – you’ve found it!

This page is updated frequently with area updates, business operations changes, and other information.  If you are a business owner or manager and have a change to your daily operations, please contact Carah Thomas-Maskell, Information Center Coordinator, at or Maggie Barnard, Communications Manager, at

Cook County businesses are safely operating  in accordance with Minnesota Governor Walz’s Executive Orders and providing goods and services to the public while maintaining appropriate health and safety standards. See what local businesses are doing during the COVID-19 pandemic to enhance safety and cleaning protocols.

Looking for a place to eat? Dining Hours during COVID-19 pandemic

Check out our Dining hours and services update on the Glide app to learn who is offering limited capacity indoor seating, outdoor heated spaces, curbside pick up or window service and if there are any requests of their guests or other guidelines you might need to know for how to successfully navigate during your visit. Click below to see all dining hours and services.
A printable version of business hours can be found here.

Dining - Local Business Hours 


Shop Local! Retail Hours during COVID-19 pandemic

Don’t forget about your favorite small business retailer! Not in the area? Consider browsing their online store from where ever you are.

Click below to see all the shopping and service options on our Glide app.
A printable version of business hours can be found here.

Shopping - Local Business Hours


Looking for a place to stay? Browse our complete lodging directory!

Find Lodging

If you are looking for a last minute getaway, please visit our Lodging Availability directory for current vacancies. This spreadsheet is updated weekly by our Visitor Center team.

Current Lodging Availability

Seeking additional information? 

Our Grand Marais Information Center is OPEN:

  • Mon – Thurs 10 am – 4 pm, Fri & Sat. 9 am – 5 pm and Closed Sundays. Please call (218) 387-2524 or email with questions.
  • The Tofte Information Center that was located in the North Shore Commercial Fishing Museum is permanently closed.

We are working to maintain business statuses as quickly as changes occur. If you are a business owner, please contact us as your plans change at (218) 387-2524 or email

Nature is open with some restrictions

As of July 25, 2020, per the Governor’s Executive Order 20-81, people in Minnesota are required to wear a face covering in all indoor businesses and public indoor spaces, unless alone.  Additionally, workers are required to wear a face covering when working outdoors in situations where social distancing cannot be maintained. We’re updating this page with details on the regulations and status on State Parks, Camping in the Superior National Forest and Private Campgrounds and Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness as information becomes available.

  • The United State & Canada border – Closed to non-essential traffic until at least April 21,  2021.
  • Outdoor Recreational Gear Rental – Outdoor recreational equipment rental outlets. Equipment may be rented but only if the equipment can be effectively sanitized between uses. Such outlets must implement clear check-in and check-out procedures that minimize contact between customers and workers. Any rentals must be conducted in accordance with the Outdoor Recreation Guidelines.
  • Guides – Available in May for the summer season.