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Minneapolis parks now requiring masks in all indoor spaces

Anyone going inside recreation centers, ice arenas, and indoor spaces at pools must put on a mask.
Theodore Wirth Golf Course clubhouse. 

Theodore Wirth Golf Course clubhouse. 

Parkgoers will be required to wear a face mask when they go inside all Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) buildings. 

The MPRB said Wednesday that starting at 5 p.m., face coverings will be required for everyone age 2 and older, regardless of vaccination status, at all its recreation centers, ice arenas, golf course clubhouses, indoor spaces at water parks and pools, the MPRB headquarters, The Trailhead and the Kroening Interpretive Center. 

Related: [Aug. 4]: List of places in Minnesota that now require the COVID-19 vaccine

Face coverings will be provided for those who don't have their own, MPRB says. 

MPRB employees who are unvaccinated will also be required to wear face coverings when they're working outside if they're unable to social distance. 

This comes after the City of Minneapolis and Hennepin County on Tuesday said masks would be required inside government buildings in response to an uptick in COVID-19 cases due to the Delta variant. 

Related [Aug. 3]: List of places in Minnesota now requiring or recommending face masks

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last week said fully vaccinated people should wear masks indoors in areas where there are "substantial" or "high" cases of transmission. Hennepin County has been listed in the "substantial" transmission category since Friday. 

Related: [Aug. 2]: MN up to 45 counties with high or substantial COVID-19 transmission

Also on Wednesday, the MPRB said it would open the Mary Merrill Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board Headquarters to the public during board meetings for the first time since November 2020. All attendees and board members will be required to wear masks. 

MPRB says it will continue to monitor transmission data and follow the CDC and Minnesota Department of Health guidelines.

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