Updated: July 7, 2:40 p.m. | Posted: June 30, 12:03 p.m.
More cities are joining Minneapolis and St. Paul in requiring face masks to help curb the spread of the coronavirus. Both cities require people to wear masks inside businesses and other indoor facilities. (Click on the icons in the map above to learn more about where face masks are mandated.)
In Rochester, the City Council on Monday approved a masking mandate for indoor facilities including indoor restaurant and bar seating, gyms, public transportation and retail businesses. The citywide mask mandate is set to take effect on Wednesday, July 8.
Masks are also required by staff and patients while on Mayo Clinic property; Mayo has a large footprint in downtown Rochester.
Mankato Monday night also passed a similar ordinance requiring people over age 3 to wear a mask in public spaces like retail stores, service establishments and city government buildings starting Friday, July 10.
Winona issued a citywide order Tuesday requiring all visitors and residents to wear face coverings indoors in public buildings and anyplace where physical distancing is difficult, which also starts Friday, July 10.
In Edina, face masks are required inside public spaces. This includes businesses and city-owned buildings like City Hall. Exceptions include inside the city’s recreation facilities when social distancing can be maintained.
At University of Minnesota campuses, all faculty, staff, students and visitors will be required to wear face coverings in any enclosed or indoor space. Exceptions include when in an assigned apartment or residence hall room or when alone in an office or study area.
Meanwhile, Gov. Tim Walz said a statewide mandate requiring all people to wear masks while in public is "on the table."
While he didn’t give an indication on when he’d decide, the governor said such a move would offer public health benefits while helping businesses that are struggling to enforce their own mask rules.
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