Minnetonka the latest Minnesota city to consider mask ordinance

The City Council says it is deciding between "encouraging" residents to wear masks or adopting a city ordinance
Minnetonka City Hall

Minnetonka City Hall

Minnetonka is one of the latest Minnesota cities to consider an ordinance requiring masks in public spaces to prevent the spread of coronavirus. 

At its Monday meeting, the Minnetonka City Council will consider either encouraging the use of masks through resolutions, or establishing a city ordinance requiring masks indoors or within six feet of other people.

The council, according to news release, will either "continue encouragement with no formal action," encourage businesses to require masks, presumably through a resolution, or adopt the ordinance. 

Also on Monday, Bloomington Mayor Tim Busse plans to issue a proclamation requiring masks in city facilities and encouraging the use in other indoor settings, the Star Tribune reports. The Bloomington City Council also has a public hearing July 27 to consider an ordinance requiring masks in public spaces.

In a weekly video update, Busse said he hopes Gov. Tim Walz will issue a statewide order to provide consistency between cities and improve effectiveness. 

“A statewide order is much better than a patchwork of city requirements,” Busse said in the video.  

Walz has said he is considering such an order. Several other states already have one.

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According to a map compiled by MPR News, several other cities have some form of an ordinance requiring masks in public spaces, usually specifying to use them indoors. In addition to Minneapolis and St. Paul, the cities so far are: Winona, Mankato, Rochester, Blaine, and Edina.

The University of Minnesota's Twin Cities, Morris and Duluth campuses also have mask requirements, as well as St. Catherine University and St. Cloud State University.

Minnetonka and Bloomington are both in Hennepin County, which has had 13,000 cases and 790 deaths as of July 10. The city of Bloomington has reported 813 cases, including 79 hospitalizations, on its own dashboard

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