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How to Enact Ordinances in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

How to Enact Ordinances in Animal Crossing: New Horizons
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Among the many features that have been added to Animal Crossing: New Horizons with the new 2.0 update are Ordinances.

Thanks to these Ordinances, you can set rules for your island that will allow you to streamline some aspects of your island life to make your time with the game more enjoyable.

Here’s everything you need to know about these Ordinances and how to unlock them.

How to Enact Ordinances in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Before you can start enacting Ordinances, first, you will need to update your game to the 2.0 version. This should be done automatically before you start the game. If this hasn’t happened, you can update the game manually by pressing the + button in the Nintendo Switch Home Menu and selecting the Software Update option.

With the 2.0 update installed, you will be able to enact Ordinances once the Resident Services have been unlocked and you have a three-star island. Once you do, K.K. Slider will come to your island and the day after his performance, Isabelle will notify you that Ordinances have been unlocked.

To finally enact Ordinances, you will have to speak with Isabelle in the Resident Services building and pick the Discuss Ordinances option. Here, you will be able to pick between four different Ordinances.

What Are All Ordinances in Animal Crossing: New Horizons?

The four Ordinances available in Animal Crossing: New Horizons will allow you to tweak certain aspects of your island. All ordinances will go into effect the next day after they have been enacted.

  • Beautiful Island Ordinance: Villagers will help with watering flowers, weeding, and clearing trash from waters.
  • Early Bird Ordinance: All villagers will wake up, become active and open businesses one hour earlier in the morning.
  • Night Owl Ordinance: All villagers will continue to be awake and active for one extra hours in the evening. Businesses will also be open for one extra hour.
  • Bell Boom Ordinance: All goods costs will increase by 20%. In turn, you will earn 20% more Bells when selling items.

While the four Ordinances do not bring massive changes, the ones that they bring can make quite a big change in your island life, so make sure to use them as much as possible to make your time with Animal Crossing: New Horizons even more enjoyable!

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