Minneapolis, St. Paul publishes mask requirements inside city buildings – WCCO
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – The mayors of Minnesota’s two largest cities say masks will be mandatory for everyone in city-owned buildings and recommended in all interior spaces starting Wednesday.
A joint statement from Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey and St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter said they are also “exploring options regarding a vaccine requirement for city employees.”
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The statement said Minneapolis entered the “substantial transmission” category with a 7-day case rate of 78.6 new COVID cases per 100,000 people.
“Get vaccinated,” Frey said. “Getting the vaccine will help protect you and your neighbors from a deadly virus, and it’s the most important step we can all take to reduce the need for further restrictions.”
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The statement said the Minnesota Department of Health “will review this recommendation in the coming weeks.”
“This pandemic is far from over,” Carter said. “These measures will help us protect ourselves as we continue our work to get our entire community immunized. “
Hennepin and Ramsey counties, in which Minneapolis and St. Paul respectively reside, will also reinstate indoor mask warrants in county buildings. The County of St. Louis and the Town of Duluth will adopt similar policies.
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Three key COVID measures tracked by the state – positivity rates, new daily cases per 100,000 population, and new COVID hospital admissions per 100,000 population – are now above the Ministry’s caution line. Minnesota Health.