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

While many businesses had to close in accordance with Minnesota Governor Walz Executive Orders, there are a number who are working to provide 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

While dine-in meals at Minnesota restaurants are restricted to 50% capacity, curbside pick up and delivery is available at some locations. 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.
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:

  • Tues – Thurs 10 am – 4 pm, Fri & Sat. 9 am – 5 pm and Closed Sun & Mon. 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

Governor Walz announced that the current Stay at Home order (EO 20-20/20-33) will be allowed to expire on May 18, 2020 urging Minnesotans to continue practicing COVID-19 prevention through personal hygiene and social distancing. We’re updating this page with details on the new 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 October 21, 2020.
  • 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 – Small one-on-one or one-on-two person guided and instructional activities such as guided fishing, birding, or outdoor fitness training. Guided and instructional activities must be conducted in accordance with the Outdoor Recreation Guidelines.