List of Minnesota cities requiring masks in indoor public areas - Bring Me The News

List of Minnesota cities requiring masks in indoor public areas

The number of cities issuing mandates is growing.

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz has so far left mask mandate decisions up to local leaders, though he's said for weeks now that he supports the idea of a statewide mask requirement to help limit the spread of COVID-19. 

But as more and more businesses and cities adopt indoor mask requirements in public spaces, in addition to the Minnesota Medical Association, the Minnesota Hospitals Association, and the Retail Industry Leaders Association urging Walz to enact a sweeping mask measure for the entire state, the situation could change any day. 

For now, these are the cities in Minnesota that currently require masks or face coverings in indoor public spaces. 

Minneapolis: Mandatory in indoor public spaces for anyone over the age of 2 who can medically wear a mask. These include retail stores, hotels, government buildings, schools, universities, recreational facilities, service centers, bars and restaurants (exemptions while eating, drinking). 

St. Paul: Required inside licensed businesses and city facilities. Children at risk of suffocation are exempt, as is anyone with a medical condition that prevents them from wearing a mask. 

Bemidji: Everyone over the age of 6 is required to wear a mask in public indoor areas. 

Blaine: Only required in government buildings and city hall. 

Cloquet: Mask mandate goes into effect August 1 and requires masks in businesses, public facilities and indoor venues where social distancing is difficult. 

Edina: Required at city facilities and anywhere indoors open to the public. 

Excelsior: Indoor areas accessible to the public. Children 12 and under are exempt.

Duluth: Indoor public places. Doesn't apply to children 10 and under. 

Mankato: Required for everyone over the age of 12 in any "public accommodation." Exemptions for actively working out or once in an assigned seat at a theater. 

Minnetonka: Required in bars and restaurants, retail stores, gyms, fitness centers and sports facilities, indoor entertainment venues and city buildings. Exemptions for medical reasons, some children and while eating, drinking or working out. 

Rochester: Masks mandated in all city facilities and public, indoor spaces. 

Roseville: Required in all indoor public spaces beginning July 27. 

Shoreview: Required in all common indoor areas beginning July 27. Exemptions for eating, drinking, actively working out, medical reasons and for kids 5 and under. 

St. Cloud: 30-day mask mandate went into effect July 21 for all indoor public spaces. Exemptions for kids under 5 and for anyone with a medical reason for not wearing one. 

St. Louis Park: The mandate goes into effect July 27 and requires masks at restaurants, bars, public transportation, entertainment venues, common spaces in multifamily residential and multi-tenant office buildings and outdoor spaces where physical distancing cannot be maintained. Business must post signs saying masks are required.

White Bear Lake: Required in all indoor areas accessible to the public. Medical exemptions for anyone who has trouble breathing while wearing a mask, and for kids ages 2 and under. 

Winona: Required in public indoor places that are "broadly accessible to the public." 

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