How is the mask mandate impacting Minnesota business owners?

A sign on the entrance to AA Market reads: Do not come in without a mask.
A sign on the entrance to AA Market in St. Paul tells customers not to enter the store without wearing a mask on July 22 — the day Gov. Tim Walz issued a statewide mask order.
Evan Frost | MPR News file

Minnesota’s mask mandate went into effect more than a week ago. 

How are businesses doing? How are owners and managers dealing with the mask requirement and how are they handling pushback from customers?  

MPR News host Angela Davis spoke with a business owner and representatives from two different chambers of commerce on how they are handling the mask mandate. MPR News senior economics contributor Chris Farrell also joined the program to talk about the state of the economy.


  • Kathleen Harrington, president of the Rochester Chamber of Commerce.

  • Andrew Kopplin, co-owner of Kopplin's Coffee in St. Paul.

  • Jim Parsons, vice president of finance and operations and interim CEO for the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce.

  • Chris Farrell, MPR’s senior economics contributor.

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