The rapidly spreading delta variant has sparked a rapid upturn in COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations.
Federal health officials now recommend the use of face masks in indoor public spaces in areas with substantial or high levels of transmission, regardless of vaccination status.
In response, many businesses, organizations, venues, events and buildings are updating their own COVID-19 protocols. Some of these only apply in areas of "high" or "substantial" COVID-19 transmission.
Here is a running list of those that have announced updated face mask requirements or recommendations, with the date they were announced in parentheses.
Schools and universities
Local K-12 school districts
State leaders have said individual Minnesota school districts will have the freedom to dictate their own face mask guidance.
- Rochester Public Schools voted to require children under 12 to wear face masks.
- Minneapolis Public Schools announced Aug. 5 that, as of Aug. 9, all students and staff will be required to wear a face mask, as will visitors to the district's buildings.
- St. Paul Public Schools will hold a board vote on a mask resolution, set for Aug. 17.
- Duluth Public Schools is implementing a mask requirement for everyone age 2 and up, at all ISD 709 buildings effective Aug. 9.
- South Washington County Schools is requiring a face covering for everyone age 2 and up, through eighth grade; but masks are only "strongly recommended" for everyone in high schools.
- Eastern Carver County Schools will not require masks initially, per SW News Media, though that could change if case rates increase
Minneapolis College of Art and Design (announced July 29)
The fall semester will begin with a six-week indoor masking requirement, effective Aug. 16, 2021, regardless of vaccination status. Though all students, faculty and staff who are on campus must be fully vaccinated by Aug. 1.
Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (Aug. 2)
Per the Star Tribune, the 37 institutions in the Minnesota State system have been told to implement an indoor mask mandate if the county in which they are located has substantial or high transmission.
St. Mary's University (Aug. 4)
Per KSTP, masks will be required indoors at the Winona, Rochester and Twin Cities campuses, and outdoors on school property when it is too crowded to socially distance.
State of Minnesota buildings (Aug. 4)
All y employees, officers, contractors, vendors, volunteers and interns must wear a face covering while in the workplace or a "public service environment," according to an update from the Office of Management and Budget. Those who violate the rule will be subject to discipline, including potentially being discharged.
University of Minnesota Twin Cities (Aug. 2)
Everyone on campus, regardless of vaccination status, will be required to wear a face mask while indoors starting Aug. 3. The university is not requiring vaccinations at this point.
University of Minnesota statewide campuses (Aug. 2)
Just like in the Twin cities, everyone will be required to wear a face mask while indoors starting Aug. 3, regardless of the individual's vaccination status and regardless of the level of transmission in the area. The university is not requiring vaccinations at this point.
University of St. Thomas (Aug. 19)
The university announced it is requiring face coverings in indoor public spaces when others are present, starting Monday, Aug. 23. This applies regardless of vaccination status.
Retail and shopping
CUB Foods (Aug. 2)
All employees at CUB Foods stores will be required to wear a face mask starting Aug. 3, even if they're vaccinated, according to a news release. CUB is "recommending" customers wear them as well.
Home Depot (Aug. 2)
The hardware store chain will "ask" all customers to wear a mask while inside, and will offer masks to guests who don't have one. The company is also requiring all workers to have a face covering on while inside stores, distribution centers, office locations and customers’ homes or businesses — whether they are vaccinated or not.
Kohl's (Aug. 2)
Starting Aug. 3, store associates in hotspots will be required to wear face coverings. Kohl's also recommends customers in these areas mask up.
Mall of America
While the megamall is not mandating masks, it is now recommending everyone wear a face mask, whether they have been vaccinated or not.
McDonald's (Aug. 2)
As Reuters reported, McDonald's is requiring all employees and customers in areas with substantial or high transmission to wear a face mask, regardless of vaccination status. The fast food chain has always required a face covering for unvaccinated individuals.
Target (Aug. 1)
Target is requiring employees at stores in high or substantial transmission areas to wear masks, but at this point is only strongly encouraging all customers to wear face masks.
Walmart (Aug. 1)
In counties with high or substantial transmission levels, Walmart requires employees to wear a face mask while in the store. It's recommending but not requiring customers do the same. Some traveling managers and corporate employees also face a vaccine mandate.
Family attractions and organization
Animal Humane Society (Aug. 3)
While the Animal Humane Society's adoption centers are once again open to walk-in visitors, the organization is requiring everyone to wear a mask while indoors.
Minnesota Zoo (Aug. 5)
The Apple Valley zoo is requiring everyone age 3 and up to wear a face mask while indoors, effective Aug. 7.
Government and municipalities
Bloomington (Aug. 3)
The City of Bloomington is requiring everyone ages 2 and up to wear a mask while in city facilities, regardless of vaccination status.
Brooklyn Center (Aug. 9)
The city council issued an emergency declaration and established a mask mandate for all public facilities within the city,
Brooklyn Park (Aug. 5)
Face coverings are required inside city-owned facilities, effective Aug. 6 for employees and effective Aug. 10 for the public.
Carver County (Aug. 4)
Carver County is requiring face coverings in all public areas of the Justice Center.
Duluth (Aug. 3)
Starting Aug. 4, employees and public visitors will be required to wear face coverings in city buildings. The city's fire department also announced it is closing all stations to the public effective immediately as a precaution against the delta variant.
Goodhue County (Aug. 5)
Citing substantial transmission, the county is strongly recommending everyone ages 2 and up wear a mask in indoor, public spaces in the county.
Hennepin County (Aug. 3)
Hennepin has continued to require unvaccinated individuals to wear face masks in county facilities. As of Aug. 4, face coverings will be required for everyone ages 5 and up inside all Hennepin County buildings.
Minneapolis (Aug. 3)
Minneapolis is requiring city employees and visitors to city buildings to wear face masks. The mayor is also urging businesses to implement face mask mandates for customers, and encouraging everyone to wear a mask while in a public indoor space.
Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (Aug. 4)
Masks are now required in all Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board buildings. That includes recreation centers, ice arenas, golf course clubhouses, indoor spaces at water parks and pools, the MPRB headquarters, The Trailhead and the Kroening Interpretive Center.
Minnesota House of Representatives (Aug. 10)
The state's House of Representatives re-instituted a face mask requirement for House members and staff "in any shared space in the SOB or space under House control in the Capitol."
Olmsted County (Aug. 2)
Olmsted County is officially recommending everyone wear a mask while in an indoor, public space, or in areas with a "high risk of COVID-19 spread or complications from COVID-19 infection," due to what is now high transmission in the county. As of Aug. 4, the county is also requiring face masks be worn in county government buildings.
Rochester (Aug. 17)
The mayor on Aug. 17 declared a three-day local emergency, and is requiring everyone to wear a mask in indoor public spaces "where medically vulnerable individuals or children under the age of 12 are expected to be present." The city council can choose to extend the emergency beyond Aug. 20.
St. Louis County (Aug. 2)
The county is recommending everyone wear a mask while in indoor, public places due to substantial transmission rates, according to a news release. On Aug. 10, the county announced employees and visitors are required to wear a face covering while in county buildings, regardless of vaccination status.
St. Paul (Aug. 3)
St. Paul is requiring city employees and visitors to city buildings to wear face masks. The mayor is also urging businesses to implement face mask mandates for customers, and encouraging everyone to wear a mask while in a public indoor space.
Wayzata (Aug. 10)
The city is now requiring everyone to wear a mask while at City Hall for public meetings. Otherwise the city is only encouraging mask usage in indoor places.
Medical and health institutions
All patients and visitors are required to wear a mask while on Mayo Clinic property. The Mayo Clinic is also requiring all employees get vaccinated, but those who don't will have to wear a face mask and socially distance while on campus, and must watch educational modules.