Warning Alert

As of Oct. 9, authorities in North Dakota, US, maintain certain coronavirus disease-related restrictions across the state.

Alert Begins 09 Oct 2020 06:06 PM UTC
Alert Expires 30 Oct 2020 11:59 PM UTC


  • Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
  • Location(s): North Dakota
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Business, transport disruptions


As of Oct. 9, authorities in North Dakota are maintaining the five-tiered risk categorization system put in place to limit the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Counties in the state are categorized into five risk levels: critical (red), high (orange), moderate (yellow), low (green), and new normal (blue). Varying levels of restrictions are imposed accordingly.

No counties are at the critical (red) or high (orange) risk level. At the moderate (yellow) level, restaurants and bars may have dine-in service at 50 percent capacity, and event spaces can hold 50 percent capacity with a maximum of 250 people. Retail stores, gyms, fitness centers, personal care services, parks, and recreational facilities may open as long as they follow proper social distancing and hygiene procedures. As of Oct. 9, there are 24 counties at the moderate (yellow) level, including Cass, Burleigh, Grand Forks, Ward, and Morton.

At the low (green) level, dine-in service at restaurants and bars is limited to 75-percent capacity. Events are limited to 500 people, given that proper health criteria are met. Retail stores, gyms, fitness centers, event spaces, and personal care centers may open and must follow proper hygiene and social distancing measures. As of Oct. 9, there are 23 counties in the low (green) level, including Stutsman, Richland, and Rolette.

At the new normal (blue) level, all retail stores, restaurants, bars, gyms, fitness centers, and event spaces may operate without capacity restrictions and must follow strict hygiene and cleaning standard. As of Oct. 9, only Cavalier, Divide, Griggs, Pierce, Ransom, and Wells counties are on the new normal (blue) level.

Essential businesses, such as grocery stores, pharmacies, banks, and those in transport, security, media, and critical manufacturing, may continue operating. All businesses must screen workers for possible symptoms and send home any employee who is ill; limit the number of persons allowed inside business establishments at any given time; stagger shifts if possible, and encourage the use of facemasks, among other measures. The state government encourages telecommuting and other work-from-home arrangements wherever possible.

Authorities have lifted the requirement for people entering the state from abroad or another US state to self-quarantine.

Transport and business disruptions are likely. Officials could amend the orders at short notice, depending on disease activity in the coming weeks.


Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.


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