As the governor contemplates a statewide mask mandate in Minnesota, some cities are preemptively requiring face coverings within their borders.
On July 15, the CDC director made the strong statement that if all Americans were to wear masks in public, the spread of COVID-19 in the U.S. could be brought under control in two months.
Gov. Tim Walz has said that he is "seriously considering" requiring face coverings across the state, and that he could make a decision in the "very near future."
Until then, the rules differ from city to city and sometimes business to business. Here is a list of Minnesota cities that currently have mask mandates.
Mayor Rita Albrecht ordered face masks to be worn in indoor spaces accessible to the public starting Tuesday July 21. This includes public transportation, gyms, bars and restaurants. Children under the age of 5 are exempt as well as those who cannot wear a mask for medical reasons.
Currently, the city of Blaine is only requiring face masks in government buildings and city hall, which is open by appointment only. Visitors without a mask will be issued one.
On July 13, the Duluth City Council unanimously approved a city measure that requires masks in public indoor places. It does not apply to those under 10, or those who can't wear a face covering for medical reasons. Violating the mandate can come with a fine of $100 the first time, $250 the second time and $1,000 after that, and potential misdemeanor prosecution.
Edina held a special meeting on June 29 where they agreed to move forward on an executive order requiring masks. On July 1, Mayor Jim Hovland signed the order, which went into effect July 6. It requires people to wear face masks inside city facilities, and indoors in places open to the public.
The City of Excelsior passed a resolution on July 13 requiring people wear face masks in "indoor areas accessible to the public." Those include restaurants when not seated at a table, spaces of public accommodation, entertainment venues when not in an assigned seat and common spaces in multi-family residential and multi-tenant buildings. Children 12 and under are exempt.
In an emergency meeting on Monday, July 6, the Mankato City Council voted 5-2 to put a mask mandate in place. The regulation went into effect July 10 and requires anyone over the age of 12 who is medically able to wear a face covering at any "public accommodation." There are exceptions for people eating and drinking, for people actively working out at gyms, and once people are in their assigned seats in movie theaters.
Minneapolis was an early adopter of mask ordinances, with Mayor Jacob Frey signing an emergency order May 21 making them mandatory inside indoor public spaces. Face coverings are required for anyone over 2 years old inside retail stores, hotels, government buildings, schools, universities, recreational facilities, service centers, bars and restaurants. The order went into effect May 26.
Some of the other entities requiring face masks include:
The Minnetonka City Council unanimously approved a mask mandate on July 13. It requires face coverings in some indoor spaces in the city, including bars and restaurants, retail stores, gyms, fitness centers and sports facilities, indoor entertainment venues and city buildings. There are some exemptions for children, those who cannot wear a mask for medical reasons, and people actively eating, drinking or working out.
Rochester's mask order was announced on Monday, July 1, after the city council voted 6-1 in favor of the emergency declaration. The order requires face coverings in all city facilities, and in indoor public spaces.
The City Council voted to include mandatory face coverings in their emergency declarations. The order will be effective July 27. Residents and visitors to Roseville have to wear a face covering in indoor areas accessible to the public. Exemptions include, children under the age of 5 and people unable to wear a mask due to a disability or health reason.
The City Council voted Monday to enact face mask requirements in the city effective July 20. All individuals inside indoor public spaces will be required to wear a mask. Exemptions apply to children under the age of 5 and people unable to wear a mask due to a disability or health reason.
St. Louis Park
The St. Louis Park City Council adopted an emergency ordinance requiring face coverings in restaurants and bars when not seated at a table, public transportation, entertainment venues, common spaces in multifamily residential and multi-tenant office buildings and outdoor spaces where social distancing isn't possible. Businesses will be required to post signs notifying customers. The ordinance goes into effect July 27.
St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter signed an executive order on May 27 requiring face masks in licensed businesses and city-controlled facilities. The order exempts young children at risk of suffocation, and anyone who can't wear a face covering for medical reasons. The order went into effect June 1.
Winona's citywide mask order took effect July 10, requiring everyone to wear face coverings in indoor areas broadly accessible to the public, including customers and employees at businesses.
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